Friday, August 26, 2011


Over the years as a producer, I have attempted to re-create (or just stumble through) some of my favorite songs, both live and in the studio. Through this process I have had to ask myself- what makes for a good cover version? Should a cover be a faithful rendition? A complete re-interpretation? A genre, vibe or tempo flip? And should some songs, for whatever reason, not be touched with a ten foot pole?

The first step seems to be picking the right song to cover. How many cover versions of average or downright horrible songs have you heard (not to be confused with 'How many horrible versions of songs have you heard?'... think karaoke)? Probably few to none- what is the point of re-living a lackluster, unmemorable musical moment? Thus it should be no surprise that a well-written, catchy, thoughtful, layered, message-laden classic makes for perfect cover version fodder. Hence the frequency of Beatles, Stevie, Sly Stone, Burt Bacharach, Doors etc. covers I found while rifling through my records for this week's 'Cover Version Special'. A great song will usually inspire a slew of cover versions, often times released within a mere few years or less of the original release (or so it went back when vinyl was still being produced and jazz musicians had to find new ways to pay their bills).

Be warned- this week's show is a haphazard live-to-air assembly of a diverse array classics as you've never (or seldomly) heard before. With Frank Booker on leave this week and 3 new interns in the house it was hectic and fun all at the same time... (Biggups Jana, Koko B Ware and Shake n Blake, our newest additions to the HIQI fandamily)

{Another note, this will be Part 1 of a series as there are still a good many versions that need to be played, not to mention most of the playlist is pre-1990...}




  1. Dennis Mobley and Fresh Taste – Superstition [P&P Records] /Stevie Wonder
  2. Mike Mandel – Peg (Community Service Edit) [Vanguard] /Steely Dan
  3. Chaka Khan – We Can Work It out [Warner] /The Beatles
  4. Black Heat - Drive My Car [Atlantic] /The Beatles
  5. Rueben Wilson – Stoned Out of My Mind [Cadet Records] /The Chi-Lites
  6. The Wailers – What’s New Pussycat [Studio One] /Tom Jones
  7. The Scribes of Ra– Problemes D’Amour (Dan Aikido Re-rub) [White] /Alexander Robotnik
  8. Angela Bofill – People Make the World Go Around [GRP] / The Stylistics
  9. Slingshot – Shook Me All Night Long [Quality Records] / AC-DC
  10. Yellow Magic Orchestra – Tighten Up [A&M] /Archie Bell and the Drells
  11. The Dirtbombs – Cosmic Cars [In the Red Records] /Cybotron
  12. The Clash – Police and Thieves [Sony] /Junior Murvin
  13. Devo – Satisfaction [Warner Bros] /The Rolling Stones
  14. Trouble Funk – Trouble Funk Express [Funky Delicacies] /Kraftwerk
  15. EU – Family Affair [T.T.E.D Records] /Sly and the Family Stone
  16. Travis Biggs – Fly Like an Eagle [Souljazz] /The Steve Miller Band
  17. Minnie Ripperton – Light my Fire [Capitol] /The Doors
  18. Young Holt Unlimited – Light My Fire [Brunswick Records] /The Doors
  19. Jimmy Castor Bunch– Purple Haze/Foxy Lady [RCA Stereo] /Jimi Hendrix
  20. Love – Hey Joe [Golden Archive] /The Leaves (and Jimi Hendrix)
  21. Simtec and Wylie – Maggie May [Mercury] /Rod Stewart
  22. The Faboulous Counts – Hey Jude [Cotillion Records] /The Beatles
  23. The Nite-Liters – Valdez in the Country [RCA Records] /Donny Hathaway
  24. Stevie Wonder – We Can Work It Out [Tamla Motown] /The Beatles
  25. Syreeta – She’s Leaving Home [Mwest] /The Beatles
  26. Jose Feliciano – Golden Lady [RCA Victor] /Stevie Wonder
  27. The New Birth – Fire and Rain [RCA] /James Taylor
  28. Average White Band – Walk On By [Atlantic] /Isacc Hayes
  29. Byron Lee and the Dragonaires- Apache [Dynamite Soul] /Incredible Bongo Band
  30. Ernest Ranglin– Congo Man Chant [Island Jamaica Jazz] /The Congos
  31. Process and the Doo Rags- Thin Line Between Love and Hate [Columbia] /The Persuaders


HIQI Aug. 22, 2011- The Cover Version Special Pt. 1
HIQI Aug. 22, 2011- The Cover Version Special Pt. 2

Friday, August 19, 2011

HIT IT & QUIT IT - August 15, 2011


1. Legowelt - Sark Island Acid [LongIsland]
2. Funkineven- Roland Jam  [Eglo]
3. The Oliverwho Factory - Goin Back (Frank Booker Edit) [Fingertips]
4. Virgo Four - It’s a Crime [Rush Hour]
5. Prince - Traffic Jam (Ron Hardy edit) [Cosmic Car]
6. Cameo - Back and Forth [Better Days Music]
7. Sunfire - Shake Your Body [Warner Bros]
8. Popular Peoples Front - Saved My Day [PPF]
9. Randy Muller - Let Love Shine (Shep Pettibone Instrumental Mix) [Salsoul]
10. Olli Ahvenlahti - Grandmas Rocking Chair [Sahko Recordings]
11. Stanton Davis - Things Cannot Stop Forever (Poontang Tally Wacky mix)
[Culture de Soul]
12. Bloodfire - Creative Source [Bloodfire]
13. Roger Human Body - Bearing Straight [Troutman Bros. Records]
14. Le Pamplemousse - Sweet Magic [Avi records]
15. Sound of Magic - Jammin [Flaash]
16. Nolan - Iron Out The Rough Spots [Lizard]
17. Superlatives - Don’t Know How to say I Love You [Westbound]
18. Jim Ford - Long Road Ahead [Light in the Attic]
19. Bill Withers - Heartbreak Road [Columbia]
20. Fathers Children - Who’s Gonna Save the World [Numero Group]
21. Harry Ray - Next Time that I See You [Suger Hill Records]
22. Gloria Jones - So Tired of the Way You Treating Our Love Baby [Motown]
23. DJ Day - Beta (Recloose HIQI edit) [Fingertips]
24. Exit - Detroit Leaning [Superior Elevation Records]

HIQI August. 15, 2011 Pt. 1

HIQI August. 15, 2011 Pt. 2

HIT IT & QUIT IT - August 8, 2011


1. Pattern Select - Tale of the Tape (Cottam Remix) [Delusions of Grandeur]
2. Kelley Polar - Hammer Anvil [Environ]
3. Gary Davis - The Professor's Here (Greg Wilson Remix) [Chocolate Star Records]
4. Exist - 1Beat, 2Feet [Atjazz Record Company]
5. UPZ feat. Jocelyn Mathieu - All Out (Aaron Ross & Mdcl Remix) [Lo:Rise]
6. Sir Victor Uwaifo - Ohue (Frankie Francis & Simbad Edit) [Sofrito]
7. Chicago Skyway & Dcook - Lager Nord [Mosdeep]
8. The Mole - Even Now Just Us [Vitalik Recordings]
9. Nebraska - Characteristics [Rush Hour]
10. Vakula - Picture of You [Dekmantel]
11. First Touch - It's Yours (2011 Mix) [Stylin 500]
12. Kon & The Gang - Sunshine [White]
13. Elzhi - Life's a bitch []
14. Ben E King -Street Tough [Atlantic]
15. The Tornaodes - El Salvador (Dj Mitsu The Beats Edit) [Wonderful Noise]

HIQI August. 8, 2011 Pt. 1

HIQI August. 8, 2011 Pt. 2

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

HIT IT & QUIT IT - August 1, 2011

DISCLAIMER: This show has been edited to hide some of the mistakes from the original broadcast. You can still hear the accompanying banter relating to said mistakes though. Also, watch out for a rare acapella version of the Funkadelic sting at the end of part 1. Enjoy!


1. Andy Ash - Part Of This [Boogie Originals]
2. Nebraska - The Mountains [Rush Hour]
3. Falty DL - Make It Difficult [All City Records]
4. Jam City - Countess [Night Slugs]
5. Savannah - Never Let You Go (Onur Engin Edit) [Z Records]
6. Evans Pyramid - The Dip Drop [Funk Records]
7. Leno Lovecraft - Princess [White]
8. Ten City - That's The Way Love Is [Atlantic]
9. House Master Baldwin - Don't Lead Me (Delicate Genius Edit) [White]
10. Soul Runners - Grits With Cornbread [MoSoul]
11. The Hackney Colliery Band - Money [Wah Wah 45]
12. Eugene McDaniels Tribute
13. Joe Quarterman & Free Soul - I'm A Young Man [Mercury]
14. Donna McGhee - Make It Last Forever [Red Greg]
15. James McFall & The Funk Elegant Orchestra - Thought You Ought to Know [BBE]
16. Paul McCartney - On The Way [Odeon]
17. Arthur Verocai - Slyvia [Luv'n'Haight]
18. Martin Denny - China Nights [United Artists Records]
19. Sister Sledge - Thinking of You [Atlantic]
20. Earth, Wind & Fire - Win or Lose [CBS]
21. Big Alex Band - Ajoka [PlayHard Records]
22. Isley Brothers feat. Jimi Hendrix - Testify [T Neck Records]
23. Clifford Coulter - Yodelin' In The Whatchamaname Thang [Impulse!]

HIQI August. 1, 2011 Pt. 1

HIQI August. 1, 2011 Pt. 2

Thursday, August 11, 2011

HIT IT & QUIT IT - July 25, 2011


1. Rayko - Ipanema Boogie [Editorial]
2. Ron Basejam - Sanfranman [Redux]
3. Brass Construction - Two Timin' Lady (Main Mix) [Kay Dee]
4. The Congos - Congo Man (Carl Craig Edit) [Honest Jons]
5. Lord Echo - Terabu [Economy Records]
6. Lord of the Isles - Teach Them No Hate [Sleazy Beats Promo]
7. Fantastic Man - From Start to Finish [Melbourne Deepcast]
8. Claudja Barry - Sweet Dynamite (Todd Terje Edit) [Strut]
9. Starflight - Dance to the Beat [BMC]
10. Jacques Renault - Mainline [Scucci Manucci Promo]
11. Alain Ho - Seasons Change [Rebirth]
12. Willie Hutch - Slick (Segweed Edit) [GAMM]
13. Mid Air - Ease Out (The Revenge Edit) [Z Records]
14. Rub N Tug - Scanners (Live Edit) [RNT]
15. Glitchy Dan's Beechwood No.9 - Cowboy's & Gangsters (Social Disco Club Edit) [Strut]
16. San Proper - Love Baby Love [Dekmantel]
17. Vakula - You Can Do [Firecracker]
18. Richard Sen & Cazbee - AM:FM [Mixed Blood]
19. I Monster - Daydream [Cercle Records]
20. Johnny Osbourne - Ready or Not [Soul Jazz]

HIQI July. 25, 2011 Pt. 1

HIQI July. 25, 2011 Pt. 2