Claudine Longet :: Let’s Spend The Night Together

Claudine Claudette Lets Spend the Night TogetherCross Nico’s deadpan delivery with the childlike sway of Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki and you’ve got Claudine Longet, a French born singer who is now unfortunately more famous for going OJ Simpson-style on her husband, Olympic skier Vladimir “Spider” Sabich, than she is for the handful of great tracks she turned out during the late 60s early 70s. Although she’s been living a life outside the public eye since the trial in 1976 (in which she was convicted of a lesser charge and allowed to walk free), she might want to consider breaking the silence with a call to “Blurred Lines” producer and man-with-the-big-hat, Pharrell Williams. Why? Check out the intro to this laid-back rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not, although Questlove did have this to say about Pharrell in regards to the well publicized flare-up with Marvin Gaye’s estate over the similarity of the tune to “Got to Give it Up”: “Look, technically it’s not plagiarized. It’s not the same chord progression. It’s a feeling. Because there’s a cowbell in it and a Fender Rhodes as the main instrumentation – that still doesn’t make it plagiarized. We all know it’s derivative. That’s how Pharrell works. Everything that Pharrell produces is derivative of another song – but it’s an homage.”   Regardless of whether this record is in Pharrell’s crates or not, it’s indeed a forgotten gem of early 70s soft-pop, replete with sweet, lilting guitarmony – a refreshingly cool concoction of morphine and cotton candy that, by comparison, makes the Stones version sound like it was recorded by a bunch of randy dogs that just want to hump your leg all night. Dig it.   words/ r wilson

Claudine Longet :: Let’s Spend The Night Together

8 thoughts on “Claudine Longet :: Let’s Spend The Night Together

  1. Love this version…never heard it before! Also, Spider was just her boyfriend, not husband. Her husband was Andy Williams…

  2. and good old Andy stood by her through the entire spectacle…
    everytime I am given cause to re/consider one of these old ‘dirt on display’ trials I can’t help but wonder how it would play today (chyeah RIGHT!!!)….

    guitar player’s stealing a bit of George slide there too…I mean, it’s hack, but it is what it is…

    who bought these freaking records please? I grew up in this era and I have no idea.

  3. SNL did the amazingly brutal skit during her trial “The Claudine Longette Ski Tournement ” and each skier would get shot at some point. Loved it! Thanks for the cool tip.

  4. Still breathing toupeed guys with plaid sansabelt flair pants bought this record to play for the plastic plants in their mobile homes after a stimulating round of shuffleboard while peering through their neighbor’s chartreuse latticework onto the hula dresses flapping onto the clothesline.

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