Southern Culture On The Skids - Venus (Shocking Blue Rockabilly Cover)





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Published on Jul 2, 2011

From '' Star Power! ''
Label: Pravda Records -- PR6350
Format: CD, Compilation, Album
Country: US
Released: 1995

01. Southern Culture On The Skids - Venus
02. Rex Daisy - Welcome Back
03. World Famous Blue Jays - Spiders And Snakes
04. Silos, The - Mama Told Me Not To Come
05. Vic Chesnutt - The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia
06. Fig Dish - Kung Fu Fightin'
07. Red Red Meat - I'm Not In Love
08. Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Popcorn
09. Brown Betty - Don't Give Up On Us
10. Wanna-Bees - How Do You Do
11. Susan Voelz - Ode To Billy Joe
12. Dick Nixons - One Tin Soldier
13. Love Battery - White Bird
14. A-Bones - Rock The Boat
15. New Clear Clouds - Half Breed
16. Big Fish Ensemble - I Am Woman
17. Falstaff - Give Me Just A Little More Time
18. Loud Family - A Horse With No Name

Design - Sheila Sachs
Executive Producer - Kenn Goodman, Mark Luecke


"Venus" is a 1969 song by the Dutch band Shocking Blue which the group took to number one in the U.S. and five countries across Europe in 1970.


"Venus" had been a part of Bananarama's repertoire for several years before they actually recorded it. The team's three members, Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, and Keren Woodward, had the idea of turning the song into a dance music tune, but they were met with resistance from their producers at the time, Steve Jolley and Tony Swain. Bananarama brought the idea to the production trio of Stock Aitken Waterman, and it became Bananarama's first collaboration with them.
In 1969, Bulgarian singer Lili Ivanova recorded her version of the song, called "Venera" (Bulgarian: "Венера").
In 1970, Greek band Olympians recorded the song "To koritsi tou Mai" (Greek: "Το κορίτσι του Μάη", meaning "Girl of May") with the melody of "Venus" and lyrics written by Sevi Tiliakou.
On July 18, 1981, Dutch act Stars on 45 reached #1 in the U.S. with a medley including the opening guitar riff from "Venus". With the original Shocking Blue and the later Bananarama cover both going to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, this arguably made it the only song in that chart's history to hit #1 by three different artists, though the Stars on 45 medley only included a portion.
J-pop idol singer Yoko Nagayama covered it in 1986.
A version of the song by The Chipettes, done in their signature style, was included on the album Born to Rock in 1988. They would also cover the Bananarama version for the 1998 album The A-Files: Alien Songs.
The Czech band Dunaj recorded a cover version in 1994
When auditioning for the Spice Girls in the early '90s, Victoria Beckham recorded a version of the song for a demo tape, never intending for it to be released, though it has since leaked onto the Internet.
Stefanie Sun (Simplified Chinese: 孙燕姿; Traditional Chinese: 孫燕姿), a Singaporean singer-songwriter, covered the song on her 2002 album (Start自選集) as well as covers of "Hey Jude" and "Silent All These Years".
Various hi-NRG/eurodance cover remixes by Obsession was released through Almighty Records in 2003. Audio samples can be heard on the official Almighty Records website.
The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, Ruslana, has recorded this song.
Norwegian act Erlend Øye recorded part of the song in a medley on his album that was part of the DJ-Kicks series.
No Angels, first season winners of German Idol series Popstars, cover it for their 2003 album Pure. This version was used in TV spots for ladies' razor Gillette Venus
Belgian girl group Seduced recorded a cover which peaked at #25 on the Belgian Singles Top 50 in 2004.
The Russian band Street Magic (Volshebniki Dvora) (Волшебники Двора) cover the song on their 2005 album Hit Parade (Хит-парад), featuring lead vocals by band member Denis Uzkov (Денис Усков).
Japanese singer Hitomi featured a cover as the B-side to her "Japanese Girl" single in 2005. This version was the theme to commercials for the Gillette Venus razor in 2006 featuring Hitomi on a rock of a lagoon in Hawaii.
Kumi Koda recorded the song for Japanese Gillette commercials in 2007, releasing a full cover on her 2009 studio album Trick.
Girlband (The X Factor UK 2008 finalist) covered the song in the first live show. 2010 Finalists Belle Amie also covered the song in the fourth live show which had a Halloween theme.
Tom Jones covered the song in 1998.
Polish singer Doda covered the song on New Year's Eve 2009/2010 in Łódź (TVP2).
Lussi Lebrun covered the song during season 8 of Nouvelle Star.
Finnish new wave band Belaboris covered the song, with Finnish lyrics, on their "...Olpa Kerran" 12"
The song is featured in the stage musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert -- the Musical.

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