The new LP from Danger Mouse and James Mercer of the Shins is called After the Disco, and that's the vibe here. The duo dive into pillow-talk soft rock and Bee Gees harmonies as they spin a soul-sad ode to a hooker who sounds like she walked out of Steely Dan's "Pearl of the Quarter."
“Try a Little Tenderness”
Otis Redding | 1966
This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”