DJ Early Bird – Girls Just Wanna Dance with Somebody. Glorious divas in happy harmony
This has been one of my favourite mash-ups for a long time – probably since I first started hearing these musical enforced collaborations. The two songs work very well together, such that, after listening to it on and off over the last couple of weeks, I’ve started singing one and drifting automatically into the second, even unto the electronically assisted rise up the scale to get from one singer to another.
Whitney effectively takes the verse, Cyndi the chorus. Though the music bed under the two is really more Girls Just Wanna Have Fun than I Wanna Dance With Somebody. It ripples, pops and bounces about under the two singers.
If you’d asked me who was the more interesting, appealing singer back in the eighties, it would have been no contest – Cyndi would win out every time – Time After Time, She Bop, True Colors – just great unaffected songs, happy to be gauche and throw herself with open feeling into expressing herself. Whitney, on the other hand was this operatic singer of supreme self-control – technically impressive, but cold, determined and ambitious – much like that other diva from the eighties, Madonna. Listening now, Cyndi is still close to my heart, even if she has worn hers on her sleeve rather often.Whitney now comes over as fresh and invigorating in her singing – maybe age has softened my views and my ears.
It’S a great mix, which is probably what lifts Whitney’s voice and my impression of her. Liberated from the music from her own song, maybe it sounds like she’s imbibed some of the warmth of Cyndi’s music. I think what I like most about the track is the uninhibitedly, joyous trilling of both singers, buoyed up by the insistent rhythm guitar. A happy, happy sound.