Although the Pointer Sisters would endure numerous ups and downs as they plied their sassy soul to R&B hipsters and the American mainstream, they hit the scene hard with an outstanding adaptation of Allen Toussaint’s ”Yes We Can Can” in summer 1973. Pulled from their self titled debut LP, ”Yes We Can Can” was a wildly smart, energetic slab of R&B, which cradled the quartet’s vocal harmonies well within a fiery rock guitar framework. Not only was this a surefire way to shake up the genre, it was also a style that would inform much of the band’s earliest material. Deep bass thuds down a beat that barely keeps the sisters grounded across the catchy refrain, “I know we can make it if we try”. And, given their meteoric rise and stellar successes across nearly two decades of hits, it was quite a prophetic lyric as well.