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Album: Cheap Thrills
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7

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Total ratings: 1586









Released: 1969
Length: 3:56
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Summertime, time, time
Child, the living's easy
Fish are jumping out
And the cotton, Lord
Cotton's high, Lord, so high

Your daddy's rich
And your ma is so good-looking, baby
She's looking good now
Hush, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby
No, no, no, no, don't you cry
Don't you cry!

One of these mornings
You're gonna rise, rise up singing
You're gonna spread your wings
Child, and take, take to the sky
Lord, the sky

But until that morning
Honey, n-n-nothing's going to harm you now
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
Don't you cry
Cry
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hearing Brian Johnson in the vocals a bit... ;-)
9 - I prefer the version on Live on Winterland '68 ( that's a true 10).
The cause of this recording was heroin overdose.
 aaronm wrote:
The parts of this song that aren't Janis Joplin singing are really great! 
 
And the parts of this song that ARE Janis Joplin singing are FANTASTIC!!  This is a 9 for me; Long Live RP!!
The parts of this song that aren't Janis Joplin singing are really great! 
Wow a Janice Joplin song I have never heard of
Zap Comics cover to boot
Nice!
I'm a big fan of  Crumb's artwork, but aspects of this album cover are not "evergreen"....
 deepwoodskev wrote:

 
Accurate. I don't mind Janis in some other circumstances, but hooooly this is not doing anything for me today.
 wpost wrote:
I can't stand Janis Joplin, but for some reason I don't understand, I found myself hovering over PSD but unable to push it, mesmerized. Now that it's ended and the spell is broken I have to admit, wow, that was good.
 
Yeah, I can't say I was thrilled with this performance, but also unable to skip it. Maybe it'll grow on me...
There's shit. And then there's this shit.
Mr. Bill gives rare commentary on a song by reading THE most withering comment about this truly life-withering cover, and then... goes ahead and plays the, er, song. So RP. 
good thing my wife just came home to hold me in her arms!!!
Say what you will about Big Brother, Sister Janis was one helluva shrieking Blues Singer
Amazing - Billie Holiday would love it.
 mrselfdestruct wrote:
Jesus.
 
Yes.  God like.
 deepwoodskev wrote:

 

Real cool cats.
 maxjboxer wrote:
Word has it that Billy Holiday would not let Janis into heaven because of this tragically horrible cover of a very beautiful song.

 
Haha. I know you're being ironic. Funny comment, but surely ironic.

Surely.
Great version. Great band. Lady Day is wrong.  I'm pretty sure she didn't make it to heaven anyway.
 baylees wrote:
Janis only you could take a song typically sung by a male black base (porgy) and own it.
Tragic loss Janis, Jim, Jimmy, Kurt and now perhaps Prince... 
 
In the opera "Porgy & Bess" this song is sung only by females.  "Owns it"?  I've always found this to be one of the worst versions of this song I've ever heard, and I generally like Janis' work.  The vocal is screechy and painful, and the band isn't playing very well either.
On some tunes, we should be allowed to go to minus 10.
My dad was a professional jazz musician playing the 1940s borscht belt circuit, who served our country in WWII. His bands backed up Ella Fitzgerald on the east coast multiple times. He appreciated all music. And one day when I was 10, he came home with the newly released Cheap Thrills and insisted on playing this song for my Monkees loving older sister and me. Little did I know how great this interpretation was. This will always stand the test of time.
 stevenstarr wrote:
First concert I ever went to was Big Brother and Holding Compamy, frightened young child went in a new born hippy emerged . THC was still legal as a pill because it wasn't marijuana. There was a booth there where you could buy some. No shit. by the end of the show half the crowd was pasted to the floor. And so it began
post script thc was was very quickly made illegal fixing that little loophole  

 
I remember THC.  The first time I tried to try it, it wasn't.  Turned out it was White Owsley instead and I had my first trip at the age of 15.  This album was part of that and so was Boogie with Canned Heat.  LSD was still legal then too, and closed off in that same loophole fix, by the end of that summer, IIRC.

This album was actually released nationally on 12 Aug 1968.  I'm sure that we were hearing it a little before that in California at the time.
Worst singer in the history of music.
 Wisecrowe wrote:
The line was crossed as soon as she opened her mouth. This is terrible. I don't get her at all. Totally over-rated IMO. If she were still living would anyone be asking for another Janis Joplin album at this point? Bleh.

 
Judging by the number of 8, 9, and 10 song ratings, I'd say about 63% of RP listeners would be.
The line was crossed as soon as she opened her mouth. This is terrible. I don't get her at all. Totally over-rated IMO. If she were still living would anyone be asking for another Janis Joplin album at this point? Bleh.
 lathyris wrote:
Sooooooo completely awesome. Janis walks a fine line here, and I understand why some think she's fallen off the ledge. But for me, she walks it perfectly.

 
Completely agree. I've always loved this version. 
Much better live....
Pretty awful cover
First concert I ever went to was Big Brother and Holding Compamy, frightened young child went in a new born hippy emerged . THC was still legal as a pill because it wasn't marijuana. There was a booth there where you could buy some. No shit. by the end of the show half the crowd was pasted to the floor. And so it began
post script thc was was very quickly made illegal fixing that little loophole  
It would seem this is a very marmite track!

 jessesteinen wrote:
Sounds like Marge Simpson!

 
Dear me, it so does.
 maxjboxer wrote:
Word has it that Billy Holiday would not let Janis into heaven because of this tragically horrible cover of a very beautiful song.

 
Well, at least you made the DJ smile!  
Sooooooo completely awesome. Janis walks a fine line here, and I understand why some think she's fallen off the ledge. But for me, she walks it perfectly.
A formative album for me. Going over to my best friend's house age 8 or 9, his older brother playing a white strat in a garage band (literally), with this album plus Cream Wheels of Fire and Electric Ladyland sprawled on a coffee table.  I remember my friend making jokes about Barnie's Beanery.
 maxjboxer wrote:
Word has it that Billy Holiday would not let Janis into heaven because of this tragically horrible cover of a very beautiful song.

 
and yet Bill keep's playing it{#Jump}
great cover
I love it - and I don't care !!!
 
Sweet memories
LOL - Thanks for the shout out Bill!
 HEAVY trigger finger  mrselfdestruct wrote:
I broke my mouse trying to give this a rating less than 1.

 


I broke my mouse trying to give this a rating less than 1.
Janis surely was backed up by some fine musicians..I never could embrace her vocal style, but the music was fine indeed
 baddog8it wrote:

Always found her voice irritating, now I'll always think of Marge when I hear it.

 
{#Roflol}
Word has it that Billy Holiday would not let Janis into heaven because of this tragically horrible cover of a very beautiful song.
 jessesteinen wrote:
Sounds like Marge Simpson!

 
DOH! {#Frustrated}  best Homer Simpson I found.
 ScottishWillie wrote:
A disappointing amount of hate pointed at this outstanding cover. It blew me away over four decades ago and still has the same effect today. 
 
R, Crumb does that to some folks. On purpose. I'm with you.
That was just bloody awful.
 RobN wrote:
{#Stop} Have I been transported to Guantanamo Bay? This tortures a great song and is torture to listen to.

 
agree
I give the band about a six but I never could appreciate Janis Joplin's histrionics. Her voice makes me shudder.
This is like white noise had to turn it off. Dreadful song 
A disappointing amount of hate pointed at this outstanding cover. It blew me away over four decades ago and still has the same effect today. 
I was always kinda hit and miss on Janis too, but the recent American Masters doc on her, Little Girl Blue, was an eye-opener for me. I definitely get her much more now. Certainly gone too soon.
Janis only you could take a song typically sung by a male black base (porgy) and own it.
Tragic loss Janis, Jim, Jimmy, Kurt and now perhaps Prince... 
Did someone step on a cat 
 jessesteinen wrote:
Sounds like Marge Simpson!

 
Always found her voice irritating, now I'll always think of Marge when I hear it.
This sounds like the squirrels right before I put them to their death.
The blues give me the blues.
Sounds like Marge Simpson!
8->9 Very interesting piece of music. Janis going crazy with very nice guitar music on the background.
Sometimes her vocals work, other times she overdoes it by a factor of three million, seven hundred thousand and fifty two.
{#Stop} Have I been transported to Guantanamo Bay? This tortures a great song and is torture to listen to.
 DaidyBoy wrote:

Apparently not.  Very popular stuff it seems, although I don't get it either.  I wasn't there at the time, though, so what do I know.

 
I was there, for however brief a time.  And I've loved Janis from the summer of '68 in San Francisco to now. Like Amy Winehouse (a more talented singer, and more jazz than pop), the question of What If? is a ghost that never answers.
She's great. But for the most part, just not my cuppa. The band was always at least as good as her.
She's oddly famous tho for being one of those pop rock J names who all died at age 27. 
I never really had an appreciation for Janis until I saw the movie 'Festival Express'.  Changed things entirely for me.  Good solid 9!
Holy fuzztone Batman!
Janis never did anything for me. And I'm not talking about her looks, I mean her dreadful voice.
I was there and I never cared for her. Sorry everyone.
 Fiji5555 wrote:

Wow way too many knob heads that don't know great music when they hear it {#Dancingbanana_2}

 
The band seem OK. 
This is the result if you try screaming when you have laryngitis. 
bless you RP!{#Cool}
 MrsTom wrote:
This is a joke right?
 
 
Apparently not.  Very popular stuff it seems, although I don't get it either.  I wasn't there at the time, though, so what do I know.
legendary...
 daedalus wrote:
The musical equivalent of strangling puppies.
A lovely song being tortured and slowly exterminated.... !! {#Frustrated}
 
Ouch! My ears hurt.
 

Ugh!  I've never understood the allure of Janis Joplin . . . Lord knows, I've tried.


No other time like this time!  {#Motor}{#Daisy}{#Kiss}
 diannemck56 wrote:
These comments literally made me laugh out loud. {#Music}  Janis isn't for everyone but I love her version of this tune. 

 
Wow way too many knob heads that don't know great music when they hear it {#Dancingbanana_2}
I always think Brian Johnson modelled himself after the vocal tone of this song.
This is a joke right?
 
 jarskins wrote:
Fabulous, isn't it ?

 
A true classic
This is what happens when you shred your vocal chords with drugs, cigarettes and whiskey.
I can't stand Janis Joplin, but for some reason I don't understand, I found myself hovering over PSD but unable to push it, mesmerized. Now that it's ended and the spell is broken I have to admit, wow, that was good.
Fabulous, isn't it ?
 unclehud wrote:
Interesting that the artist is shown as "Janis Joplin."  Wonder how the rest of the Holding Company feels about that?  I guess they're pretty used to it by now.
 
"Cheap Thrills" was the only album that Joplin recorded with BB&THC. They were a struggling California band before Joplin, and when she went off solo, they faded to black. 

That said, however, yes, this should have a "Big Brother" artist credit.  

I like this rendition, but I always thought "Down on Me" was her best performance. 
I'm not a fan of Janis personally, her style is harsh for my tastes, but I respect her ability.  I just realized that she is practically throat-singing in this song — she generates some crazy overtones with impressive control.  Still not the most pleasing thing to my ear, but amazing.
I know it's a classic but everything about this song is OTT!! I actually finding it annoying {#Beat}
These comments literally made me laugh out loud. {#Music}  Janis isn't for everyone but I love her version of this tune. 
If you want to see passion check her out on Festival Express- you want to stand back in case she explodes!
Same here ... for some reason, Joni Mitchell drives me up a wall.   I have no clue why.

ShockwaveRider wrote:
I can't explain it, but I'd rather listen to this than Joni Mitchell.
 

 


My very favorite song. But the version by Doc Watson. Also Ella with Louis Armstrong. But this is pretty good too.
Ah, the sounds of vocal chords tearing and bleeding. It makes me cringe so bad.
I can't explain it, but I'd rather listen to this than Joni Mitchell.
 
The musical equivalent of strangling puppies.
A lovely song being tortured and slowly exterminated.... !! {#Frustrated}

 calypsus_1 wrote:

 

Janis Joplin - "Little Girl Blue" Live (1969)

"Janis sings an amazing version of this song, way back in 1969. I put this video up because it's rarely shown elsewhere, it's such a vulnerable performance and unlike anything else she ever recorded. "
 



 
thank you.
Like Pearl something fierce - but don't like her version of this song.
TOTAL 10....{#Dance}  {#Sunny}  {#Fire}   (even if the band couldn't play)
really? do we need 2 Joplin songs in less than 24 hours? (not my bag)
 scocam wrote:
Was this recorded before or after Janis' death?

 
bump. This song seems to have fostered quite a few wisecracks.

I've always had a hard time with her voice. I get the passion but this one...nails on a chalkboard. 
 helgigermany wrote:
Awful!

 
even worse


Possibly the very worst interpretation of this beautiful song that I have ever had the misfortune of being exposed to.
Dreadful over the top vocals and clumsy guitar.
Amazingly it misses all the wonderful opportunities that make this song great.
Horrible. 
Painful. 
goosebumps
Awful!
just sublime
I won't argue that Janis had a fantastic voice and used it very well on the whole. But for me this vocal performance is just too much indulgence, too much self-absorption, too much of the histrionics.

Just...too much.

 

Janis Joplin - "Little Girl Blue" Live (1969)

"Janis sings an amazing version of this song, way back in 1969. I put this video up because it's rarely shown elsewhere, it's such a vulnerable performance and unlike anything else she ever recorded. "

 


OMG... why?
This post apparently contained an image that was dragged into the post editor. Sorry, but any text contained in the post after this point has been lost.
Best rendition...   {#Clap}
Luv Janis but this song is harsh.
  scocam wrote:
Was this recorded before or after Janis' death?
 
jbjnr wrote:
During?
 
This is now my all-time favorite RP comment thread. A bow to you both.
It hurts ... MUTE!
 thewiseking wrote:
Pretty good Otis Redding clone white blues singer here. Best part, the R. Crumb album cover. Interestingly, the Stones requested he do one for them but he refused, stating he didn't dig their music and thought they were just a bunch of poseurs.
 
Interestingly, Robert Crumb didn't like Janis Joplin's music either, but he was apparently friends with her, and he did the cover for her after she asked him to, because she "liked comic books".

Yikes!{#Frustrated}

That's all I have to say about that.
From Peter Gabriel to Janis, what a fantastic segue!
Nice to hear Janis. 
Her best ever cover...just amazing, soulful and so like Janis, good girl skating the edge of a razor.
 sirdroseph wrote:
Huh? Surprised at all the negative comments, I think this is a very soulful rendition of this Gershwin classic. This tune always reminds me of home! (Charleston SC).{#Cheers}
 

Sir Joseph,  without negative comments, this would be a very dull comment bore indeed.  Keep up the good work.  And don't be anti-social.  We wouldn't want that now, would we?