August 01, 2007


Lovingly edited by Midnight Johnny, this tribute to The Three Degrees is heavenly. Besides their Philly soul super-smash
WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN and TSOP Soul Train Theme, they never caught on in the States. In England, however, they were even touted as Prince Charles' favorite group. They really did have it all: glitzy costumes, great songs and voices, and best of all, BIG WIGS! I loved their european dance hit HE'S A RUNNER, and they even have one drag lip-synch classic from their 60's period, a power ballad called MAYBE, which features that dynamite rap intro about a girl who bumps into a lost love (at a bus stop) and they go for a drink.

"He said 'Hi." Ooh, I almost fell apart inside when I heard this voice, but I couldn't let him go. Not this time. Not THIS time. I turned around, and htere he was, LOOKING GOOD! He asked me if I hadd a few minutes. I really wanted to tell him that I ha a lifetime , but I couldn't blow my cool. We stopped at a cozy little place where I guess the shocjk of seeing him again made me order a martini, cuz that's something I've never done before. But I felt I needed something stronger than coffee to lean on!"

It's been a while since I've heard it and only own it on 45 and my turntable's busted, so I may have a few words wrong, but this was a Southern drag staple which even found it's way into my act a time or two.

Anyhoo, I'm sure you'll get a kick out of the gowns and other campy vintage costumes with hot pants and even sequinned harem pants in strips! And when the lead breaks into her funky ad lib ending of WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN in japanese.... Just watch for yourselves.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might also want to mention that The Three Degrees appeared in the film, The French Connection.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the three degrees and so does Prince Charles it is rumoured that he had his wicked way with the lead singer sheila Fergusson. I wonder if the song "Dirty Old Man" was about him. My Simple Heart was always my favourite degrees song.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...And I've been as evil as a wet hen ever since..."

Careful of your old 45, honey. Put it in a safe deposit box or something. 'Cause they've never released that masterpiece on CD. A much lesser version was released on CD (and even it is hard to find) But that version simply doesn't compare, because her spoken prologue is edited way down.

3:28 PM  

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