Roscoe & His Little Green Men - Money (That's What I Want) (Barrett Strong Cover)





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Published on Sep 13, 2012

From '' Money / Sabre Rock ''
Label: RGM Records -- #6101
Format: Green vinyl, 7''
Country: US
Released: 1960

A Money
B Sabre Rock


"Money (That's What I Want)" is a 1959 hit single by Barrett Strong for the Tamla label, distributed nationally on Anna Records.
The song was written by Tamla founder Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford, and became the first hit record for Gordy's Motown enterprise.

Cover Versions

The Avengers,
The B-52's,
The Babys,
The Beatles,
Bern Elliott and the Fenmen,
The Blues Brothers,
Boyz II Men,
Bruno Mars,
Buddy Guy,
Cheap Trick,
The Doors,
Etta James,
The Flying Lizards,
Freddie and the Dreamers,
Great White,
Ike & Tina Turner,
Jerry Lee Lewis,
Jimi Hendrix as a member of Curtis Knight & the squires on the album Knock Yourself Out.
Jimmy Barnes,
John Lennon during his solo career,
Josie and the Pussycats,
Jr. Walker & the All Stars
The Kingsmen (US pop #16),
Led Zeppelin,
The Miracles,
Pearl Jam,
The Pretenders,
RC Succession,
The Rembrandts,
The Rolling Stones,
Roy Orbison,
Scissor Sisters,
The Searchers,
Secret Machines,
Shonen Knife,
The Smashing Pumpkins,
The Sonics,
The Stooges,
Thee Midniters,
The Storys who covered the song in the British film The Bank Job. The band were also featured as the wedding band in an earlier scene.
The Tragically Hip; plus Motown labelmates The Supremes,
The Trashmen,
Waylon Jennings,
The Who.

The song was featured in the movie Animal House in which it was performed by John Belushi.
When the Blues Brothers band covered the song 18 years later on their Blues Brothers & Friends: LIVE! From Chicago's H.O.B album it was performed by John's brother James Belushi in the role of Brother Zee Blues along with Elwood Blues and Sam Moore.

Also, the song was used in the Beatles biopic Backbeat performed by a band composed of alt-rock musicians (including Soul Asylum's David Pirner, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, and Nirvana's Dave Grohl).
It was mimed in the film by the actors playing the Beatles.

The Beatles' version

The Beatles recorded "Money (That's What I Want)" in seven takes on July 18, 1963 with their usual lineup.
A series of piano overdubs were later added by producer George Martin.
The song was released in November 1963 as the final track on their second United Kingdom album, With The Beatles.

According to George Harrison, the group discovered Strong's version in Brian Epstein's NEMS record store (though not a hit in the UK, it had been issued on London Records in 1960).
They had previously performed it during their audition at Decca Records on January 1, 1962. They also recorded it six times for BBC radio. A live version, taped at a concert date in Stockholm, Sweden in October 1963, was included on Anthology 1.

Cultural references

Chumbawamba borrowed the chorus of this song for their song "Snip Snip Snip". However, for legal reasons, this portion of their song had to be removed from the version released on the album Shhh. (The original version, which also samples a number of other money-related songs, can be found on their unreleased album Jesus H. Christ.)
In the film This Is Spinal Tap, the band plays a parody song "Gimme Some Money" in a flashback to their skiffle days.
The theme song for movie Rogue Trader.
The Flying Lizards' cover is used in the film soundtracks for The Wedding Singer, Empire Records, Charlie's Angels and Lord of War, and has been heard in the television shows Nip/Tuck and Ashes To Ashes.
On Disney's D-TV, there was a music video playing the song along with money-related scenes from six short films: "The Klondike Kid" (1932), "Scrooge McDuck and Money" (1967), "The Delivery Boy" (1931), "Mickey's Nightmare" (1932), "Get Rich Quick" (1951) and "Plane Crazy" (1928).
The 1990s cartoon, Tiny Toon Adventures, featured an episode where Montana Max, kid billionaire & antagonist on the show, sang the song & even had his own video to go along with it; the audio used, however, was the Barrett Strong version of the song.
Fictional band Josie & the Pussycats performs this song on the soundtrack of the movie Josie and the Pussycats.
In the 1985 Miami Vice episode, "Made for Each Other", the original Barrett Strong version is played in the opening scene as the vice squad raid a warehouse where counterfeit money is printed.
Used frequently in the 1994 Ted Danson film Getting Even with Dad.
A portion of the Barrett Strong version is also used in the background of the 1987 civil-rights documentary Eyes on the Prize, in episode three, "Ain't Scared of Your Jails" (which deals with the 1960 lunch-counter sit-ins in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Freedom Riders).
The song is used in the opening credits of the 2009 Mark Burnett television show Shark Tank.
The song passes on the Empire Central Radio on the game Mafia II.

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