Song of the day: Normie Rowe – "Do Re Mi"

March 24, 2012

I’ve been rummaging around in the pile of Normie Rowe songs I recently acquired to find something that’ll make up for the awfulness of the Normie song I played you yesterday. (Sorry about that.) I’m pleased to say that I found one I like a lot.

Here’s Normie with a cover of an R&B ditty:

Normie Rowe – “Do Re Mi” (1966)


And here’s the original:

Lee Dorsey – “Do-Re-Mi” (1962)


I must admit that I prefer Normie’s cover. It’s all a matter of personal taste of course, but for me, Normie’s version has a lot more… er… um… something that the original doesn’t have. I don’t know how to put it in eloquent rock critic terms. Oh, I know. I think it has a lot more “zazz”.

However, I must also admit that I think the piano solo in Normie’s version (from 1:08 to 1:26) is one of the worst piano solos in a rock song I have ever heard. I was shocked* by it. Considering it’s the piano player in the band, I was shocked at how out of time he/she was in most of that solo.

To your relief, Normie won’t make another appearance here tomorrow.

(*Not in a “My legs have gone missing!” kind of way, but in a “I’m surprised at how bad that piano solo is” way.)