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Shoop Dee Doop: A Tribute To Motown

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Michigan's Audiopants Recordings released the ambitious Shoop Dee Doop: A Tribute to Motown compilation in 2001. The 13-song disc featured a refreshing mixture of underground bands from all corners of the United States. Each group covered the Motown classic of their choice, resulting in a unique and thrilling tribute disc. Each band put their own signature sound into the songs, starting with Fonda's rousing rendition of the Supremes' "Love Child." New York's Garlands' interject with a mellow and heartfelt version of Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears," while Minneapolis quartet Kloey shine with their interpretation of the Supremes' "I Hear a Symphony," led by Cindy Iverson's angelic vocals. Diana Ross and the Supremes are covered again on the fourth track, this time by Bossanova on their graceful "Love Hangover." Michigan's Red Shirt Brigade are up next with their playful and inventive cover of "Same Old Song," with Scott Allen on vocals. The band's frantic keyboards and youthful enthusiasm add up to one of the most inspired covers on the disc. The Rigmas follow with the Sights' Eddie Baranek's frantic crooning on a cover of Smokey Robinson's "You Really Got a Hold on Me." The Running Kind, featuring members of Pittsburgh's Tourister, contribute a lo-fi, upbeat, keyboard-based version of the Supremes' "My World Is Empty Without You," and Magic Tennies and Clock Strikes Thirteen offer more variations on Motown classics. New York's Boys Star Library shine on yet another ode to the Supremes, with Jimmy Hughes leading the way with his subtle and tender vocals on "Where Did Our Love Go." Tourister is up next with their cover of Smokey Robinson's "I Second That Emotion." The trio add their bright and soothing indie pop to the already powerful classic. Detroit's the Pop Project are next, covering the Supremes' "The Happening" with a unique and infectious urgency. Dave Lawson's confident vocals, along with Chris Graves' lively backing vocals, more than does justice to the song that inspired Audiopants owner Ryan Cady to assemble Shoop Dee Doop: A Tribute To Motown in the first place. The disc ends calmly with the Red Pony Clock (&Orchestra)'s gentle and maniacal ode to Michael Jackson's "Ben." As Audiopants' debut release, the disc made an immediate and powerful statement for the daring indie label. The collection not only featured a wealth of exhilarating musical moments; it also introduced a slew of indie pop/rock bands to new audiences.

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