The Staple Singers: Slippery People (Soul Train, 1984)

In June of 1983 Talking Heads released “Slippery People” via their fifth long-player, Speaking In Tongues. A year later The Staple Singers recorded a righteous cover of the tune, sowing the seeds for Pops Staples later involvement portraying a witch doctor in the group’s 1986 film, True Stories.

The “Slippery” cover, featuring David Byrne on guitar, was a minor hit for the Staples — enough so that it brought the family’s 70 year old patriarch out of retirement. Far from their first rodeo, the cover was also responsible for the Singers fifth appearance on the long-running television monolith that was Don Cornelius’ Soul Train. As covers go, this one feels like a second skin.

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