Back in July we introduced you to the Peptides. First we presented three of their best cover videos (with commentary) in an Under the Radar feature. You liked that so much we quickly signed them on for a Cover Commission. They selected ten disco tunes, you voted, and Thelma Houston’s “Don’t Leave Me This Way” edged out Anita Ward’s “Ring My Bell” for the win.
Houston’s 1976 disco hit was actually a cover itself, a reimagining of a soul song Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes released the previous year. Houston brought it into the ‘70s Saturday Night Fever sound. Now the Peptides push it back a few decades. But I’ll let frontman Claude Marquis describe their approach.
Thelma Houston, meet Robert Goulet!
The plan is to do two covers of “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” Here’s the first: a ’50s version inspired by a Robert Goulet-type crooner. The other will be a samba with songstress Deedee Butters on leads. Her killer vocals are suitably perfect for the funk & soul of this tune that, basically, we’ve completely annihilated in this first campy, yet sweet nostalgic cover.
Hearing this makes me picture a malt-shop breakup. Girl leaves; boy stares sadly at milkshake; someone plays this on the jukebox. Watch the video and download the MP3 below, then tell the Peptides what you think in the comments!