American indie figureheads Beck and Natalie Bergman shared a cover of “You’ve Got A Woman” by Lion.
There have been a few bands that started with the Lion name over the years. There’s the American glam metal band Lion who performed the theme song for the certified 1980s children’s film classic. The Transformers: The Movie, there’s the Taiwanese pop-rock band Lion who played the backing band role for singer Jam Hsiao, and then there’s the American psychedelic rock band Lions which I fondly remember for featuring their song “Heavy Metal Lady” in the bonus section of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. The effect this game has had on my life trajectory cannot be overstated.
But we’re talking about the mid-1970s Dutch disco-pop duo Lion. “You’ve Got A Woman” is getting closer and closer to becoming a new independent standard, having already been recorded by American indie duo Whitney in 2017. The original is funky in a twee genre and understated in a way, and it’s very 70s. You can practically see the bells that were swinging on this song at the time.
Which makes him ripe for a Beck. He and Bergman imbue the song with a stripped down groove that sounds sunburnt and radiant, perfect for a trip to the beach you probably aren’t going to do. Bergman’s voice has a unique horn that sounds as if it had also been imported straight from the disco era as well, a sort of Melanie meets Diana Ross’ tone that contrasts perfectly with Beck’s familiar drawling vocals.
“Two summers ago I spent some time on the road with Beck,” says Bergman. “He invited me to join him on stage every night to sing with him. It was a highlight of my career. He has always fostered a spirit of collaboration through music. Working alongside him is a dream. He is a visionary and a true blue friend. “You’ve Got A Woman” is your new favorite summer jam! “
Beck also remixed Bergman’s ‘Paint the Rain’, apparently as part of some sort of healing mission: “She asked me to sing her with her on the album, but unfortunately I never made it into the studio. on time. Soon after, she emerged with a record that did the hard work of translating her life and the world in its darkest hours into song. Navigating these experiences and emotions and translating them into songs that can be sung and felt is much more difficult and charged than one might imagine. Overcoming despair and turning it into something beautiful takes a kind of strength. ”
“As I hear songs created as the world collapsed and in the wake of loss,” he continues, “It seems to be even more miraculous when you consider its redemptive quality that comforts and even uplifts. , like the gospel music which inspired many of the songs. Where artistic creation and healing intersect, there is a special sense of transcendence. She went to the wilderness of this moment and painted the rain, invoked a kind of hard-earned hope and offered a sense of healing, even finding that there is still joy in the world.
Hey man, as long as Scientology isn’t involved, find all the joy you want. Check out the cover of “You’ve Got A Woman”, as well as the remix of “Paint the Rain”, below.