How do you know when a song is a good one? When you hear multiple versions and none of them suck. "Sookie Sookie" is like that. Really, is it me or is that song impossible to fuck up? Written by Don Covay in 1965, the first version I heard was by Steppenwolf, one that sounded like there was some sorta vulcan mind meld between Steppenwolf guitarist Michael Monarch and the MGs' Steve Cropper. Same could be said about the organ. It's soul music for heads. There's something about that song, maybe the funkiness of it, or the repetitive simplicity of the underlying groove. Regardless, back when I DJ'd, even the Steppenwolf version (that still manages to sound like Steppenwolf), would occasionally incite movements surpassing too-cool-for-school head nodding.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Ricardo Ray - Sookie Sookie mp3 at Funky 16 Corners
Tina Britt - Sookie Sookie mp3 at 45 Blog
The Ascots - Sookie Sookie mp3 at Iron Leg
Grant Green - Sookie Sookie mp3 at La Detente Generale
Orchestre African Fiesta mp3 at Voodoo Funk
Steppenwolf - Sookie Sookie at 4Shared (Click on blue "Download Now" button, and wait about fifteen seconds.)
Don Covay - Sookie Sookie (streaming) at So Many Records, So Little Time
Steppenwolf - Sookie Sookie at YouTube This one looks like it's from Playboy After Dark. I like it when, halfway through the song, it's like someone turned on the "dance like a freak" switch.