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Massive Attack — Be Thankful For What You Got
Album: Blue Lines
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Released: 1991
Length: 3:56
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac
Gangster whitewalls, TV antennas in the back
You may not have a car at all
But just remember, brothers and sisters, you can still stand tall

Just be thankful for what you've got
Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac
Diamonds in a bag, sunroof top, digging scene with a gangster lean

Gangster whitewalls, TV antennas in the back
You may not have a car at all
But just remember, brothers and sisters, you can still stand tall

Just be thankful for what you've got
Diamonds in a bag, sunroof top, digging scene with a gangster lean

Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac
Gangster whitewalls, TV antennas in the back
You may not have a car at all
But just remember, brothers and sisters, you can still stand tall

Just be thankful for what you've got
Diamonds in a bag, sunroof top, digging scene with a gangster lean
Diamonds in a bag, sunroof top, digging scene with a gangster lean
Diamonds in a bag, sunroof top, digging scene with a gangster lean
Diamonds in a bag, sunroof top, digging scene with a gangster lean
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I like it. Great cover of a classic song. 
 Zep wrote:
The original would be a nice palate-cleanser after this.
 Absolutely! This is awful. Really awful. No soul, no depth, nothing.

 Zep wrote:
The original would be a nice palate-cleanser after this.
 
Agreed, the original would be a most satisfying addition to the RP library...

The opening riff, which also runs throughout the song, had me thinking War's "Summer, My Time of Year."  Anyone else?
The original would be a nice palate-cleanser after this.
Darkmatter wrote:
It is kind of remarkable to compare the early Massive Attack to their latest offerings. It is hard to believe it is the same group - and in a way it is not, since DJ Mushroom left after Protection, and Daddy G took a break after Mezzanine, so the 100th Window is more or less a solo album by 3-D. Still, I kind of prefer the more laidback and soulful grooves of the first two albums over the somewhat dreary darkness of Mezzanine.
Grant "Daddy G" Marshall's back on board for the next album. When it comes out, look out for the name Stew Jackson (or Robot Club) on the credits... my nephew. :guitarist: :arrowl: (Need to mirror this as he's left handed)
Goth-Hop, no thanks. :sunny:
Well I still like it, though.
marzipanic wrote:
Whoa...I didn't have the RP site maximized when this came on. All I could think was "What is this crap??" and was shocked to see it's Massive Attack. I love Mezzanine, but I think if this is what this album's like, I'll steer clear.
It is kind of remarkable to compare the early Massive Attack to their latest offerings. It is hard to believe it is the same group - and in a way it is not, since DJ Mushroom left after Protection, and Daddy G took a break after Mezzanine, so the 100th Window is more or less a solo album by 3-D. Still, I kind of prefer the more laidback and soulful grooves of the first two albums over the somewhat dreary darkness of Mezzanine. Goth-Hop, no thanks. :sunny:
bubble_headed_beach_blond wrote:
give me mr. devaughn any day. (maybe i'm showing my age. ok, i'm DEFINITELY showing my age. spring '74, junior in high school? ouch!)
right on dude! .....and a big giant fedora!
Meh...
Whoa...I didn't have the RP site maximized when this came on. All I could think was "What is this crap??" and was shocked to see it's Massive Attack. I love Mezzanine, but I think if this is what this album's like, I'll steer clear.
coding_to_music wrote:
Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy sorry 12/3 (80%) :cry:
I tried too... Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy sorry 40/7 (85%)
Digging the scene with gasoline sounds like a familiar lyric. Is that from Shaft?
I Like ... :bounce: :bounce:
jah_blessed wrote:
Why doesn't Unfinished Sympathy make the playlist? Why? :cry:
Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy sorry 12/3 (80%) :cry:
I am slightly disturbed by the apparent mediocrity of this song. I'm sure this band has more to offer than this? I have heard ravishing reviews in the past, but must not have been this song.
Why doesn't Unfinished Sympathy make the playlist? Why? :cry:
radiojunkie wrote:
I couldn't remember who did the original. Now that I know, I STILL can't remember who did the original... From AMG: Personally, I find the record-scratching on this version unecessary and distracting -- which just shows what an old fart I am, apparently! :fever:
Thanks for the history on this song and the original artist. I'm with you on the scratching, though I prefer to think of myself as a middle-aged fart. This means that you're a vintage fart, not old. "Old" sounds so harsh. :cheesygrin:
Man, I'm sure glad they got better. This sucks.
:cool:
If you're not going to bring anything new (which this doesn't), what's the point?
Not a bad cover.....
chris34 wrote:
really cool song. even better with the video
:naughty:
This rocks!
give me mr. devaughn any day. (maybe i'm showing my age. ok, i'm DEFINITELY showing my age. spring '74, junior in high school? ouch!)
I absolutely love the Mezzanine, 100th Window and Danny the Dog albums. I also like some songs of their first two albums, but this is definitely not one those. Yuk.
We are thankful for Radio Paradise. :meditate:
I like this song in that I can do my work and ignore it, that's about it.
really cool song. even better with the video
:dancingbanana:
Wow. Never thought I'd hear this track anywhere other than my CD player.
This is an excellent song, and the Yo La Tengo version is equally superb (better even). Must go see if I can find it somewhere if it isn't uploaded already...
This is one of the only albums I ever bought for its cover. It looked a little like Stiff Little Fingers "Suspect Device". So I was expecting to hear some punk, but instead I got the driving bass to the opening track "Safe From Harm." That was a long time ago now and I still love this album. However, I am not the biggest fan of this track. A happy accident.
Are the vocals from old R&B tune "Gangster Lean" or am I on shrooms?
Please just skip this genre. Is it pseudo-soul/pop/R&B with some hip-hop pepper? Yecch, yecch, yecch. Not worth the vinyl. Also ditch the falsettos. :verysorry: #-o :?
#-o
ACK! Massive Attack is one of my favorites. Please, oh please, don't remind me that they did this... It's gonna have to get a 5 (hey! 5 is bad for MA!!) =;
I'm all for diversity, but I didn't enjoy this song. I think I have an inbuilt aversion to this sort of R+B/soul. Ack.
I couldn't remember who did the original. Now that I know, I STILL can't remember who did the original... From AMG:
Biography by Ed Hogan Singer/songwriter/guitarist William DeVaughn had a million-seller the first time out with his inspiring "Be Thankful for What You Got." Those who first heard the smooth track thought it was a new record from Curtis Mayfield. DeVaughn's high tenor does bear some resemblance to Mayfield's and the simple, encouraging lyrics were similar to the kind found in the catalog of the Impressions leader. "Be Thankful for What You Got" also found its way onto the playlist of some gospel radio programs. One of the lyrics: "Diamond in the back / sunroof top / digging the scene with a gangster lean" became a catchphrase and appeared in numerous rap/hip hop records of the '90s. The Washington, D.C. native was working for the government when he paid $900 for a recording session at Philadelphia's Omega Sound Inc. (basically a "vanity record" operation). Usually the results of such efforts are anything but star-making, but Omega featured the services of MFSB's main rhythm section (guitarist Norman Harris, drummer Earl Young, bassist Ron Baker, and vibist Vince Montana). Omega vice-president Frank Fioravanti was impressed with the record and began shopping it around to various labels. Finally issued on Wes Farrell's Roxbury imprint and produced by Frank Fioravanti and arranger John Davis, "Be Thankful for What You Got" sold nearly two million copies, gliding up to the top of the R&B charts and number four pop in spring 1974. The album of the same name had an almost religious tone (DeVaughn was a Jehovah's Witness) and yielded several radio-aired LP tracks: "Give the Little Man a Great Big Hand" (the third single), "We Are His Children," "Sing a Love Song," and "You Can Do It." The second single, "Blood Is Thicker Than Water," made it to number ten R&B and number 43 pop in summer 1974. Akin to the post-heyday performances of a converted Al Green, DeVaughn preached to and admonished his audience from the stage. He lost interest in the music business not long after, though hed did remake "Be Thankful for What You Got" for TEC and charted again with the Top 40 R&B hit "Figures Can't Calculate" in summer 1980 for the label.
Personally, I find the record-scratching on this version unecessary and distracting -- which just shows what an old fart I am, apparently! :fever:
This song really show how much Massive Attack has evolved through the years - from the classic soul and r&b vibes on their first album, moody trip-hop on the second album, and into the heart of darkness on Mezzanine. 100th Window was a letdown for me, I find it hard to see it as a Massive Attack album at all since there is only one of the members left, 3-D fulfilling his darkest goth dreams. But I digress. I like this song! :)
Congrats, CTM--but God, how I dislike this song! To each his own . . . and hurrah for that RP diversity.
my upload, yay! :bounce: