SPRAY has THE SPINNERS The Rubberband Man, covered!
by Walter Price
Take a mid-1970’s funky R&B classic and twist it into a vibrant new wave with pinches of Roxxette bop? YES, indeed! The song is The Spinners’ last big chart hit, “The Rubberband Man” (1976), and the firecracker duo behind this retro redux is Lancashire’s SPRAY (Ricardo Autobahn and Jenny McLaren).
Originally this track, written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed as “The Fat Man”, was a song about schoolyard bullies but over time it transformed into what fans know it as today, a get-the-party-started big guy with boundless dancefloor moves…
You and me we’re goin’ out
To catch the latest sound
Guaranteed to blow your mind
So high you won’t come down
Hey ya’ll, prepare yourself for the rubberband man
You’ve never heard a sound
Like the rubberband man
You’re bound to lose control
When the rubberband starts to jam
Oh boy, this dude is outta sight!
Everything he does seems to come out right…
About their Covers Collection, SPRAY writes on their Bandcamp page, “Start your official Spray Covers Collection! Month by month The Untitled Covers Project builds into a whole album where popular beat group Spray performs some of the great hits of yesteryear. You’ll be proud to have it in your home.” And from the sounds of this current synthpop offering, it certainly sounds like a good time project worth following and sharing with your friends and their decerning pop tastes.
Put a well-deserved smile on your face and stream SPRAY’s vision of “The Rubberband Man” as well as The Spinners’ cherished original, now at the GTC.
SPRAY // THE SPINNERS The Rubberband Man
Band photo via Facebook
The Rubberband Man, written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed
“The Cuban Boys were, are, and will always be an experimental pop group who scored a huge hit in 1999 with “the most requested song since God Save The Queen” on the John Peel Show, ‘Cognoscenti Vs. Intelligentsia’. The Cuban Boys also topped the Festive 50 on two occasions, recorded BBC sessions, and appeared on Top Of The Pops like they were pop stars. Following the demise of the Cuban Boys, Ricardo Autobahn and Jenny McLaren formed Spray, turning their attentions toward synthpop and releasing their debut album ‘Living In Neon’ in 2002…” – band bio