Pour Her A Shot, And Make It Strong

Another case of the remix being better than the original song. Or so I say.

Andrew Mayer Cohen, better known by his stage name of Mayer Hawthorne, has had quite an interesting career. Although he cites the likes of J Dilla and Santigold among his influences, his music hearkens back to earlier musicians like Curtis Mayfield, Barry White, Smokey Robinson, and the songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. Through his own music, his side project Tuxedo with Jake One and his other work, Hawthorne’s music is mostly old school grooves served up in new ways.

One of the many songs that fall into this style is “Her Favorite Song.” Reportedly the song features British songstress Jessie Ware on the chorus, though I can’t confirm that detail. It’s a song about a girl who gets rejected by guys twice on scheduled dates, but finds her song when she gets home and it makes everything fine. The original version of the song features something akin to a “space bass” bassline that Bootsy Collins would have been proud of during his P-Funk, Rubber Band days. Throw in a slow, shuffle type tempo, a heavy drumbeat and some keys and guitar, and there you have it. It also has a cute video with dogs.

I like the original, but it’s the remix that wins the day for me. The Oliver Remix of the song seems to pick up theΒ tempo just a bit and adds a tighter synth bassline. It adds more synthesizers and what sounds like handclaps added to the beat as well. I think that this grooves a bit better than the original too. Where the original sounds 70s-inspired, this one has 80s written all over it.

Take a listen and see which one you like best. And as always, thanks for reading and listening.

42 Replies to “Pour Her A Shot, And Make It Strong”

  1. You know both grooves are smooth depending on your mood. In the first track I almost get a Justin Timberlake feel where if we take that back we arrive at Michael Jackson circa Off the Wall.
    The remix is clearly more 80’s like you have pointed out & sounds more like Raydio, Ray Parker Jr pre Ghostbusters, IMHO.
    Nice picks, T.Wayne. I noticed Mayer lost the Elvis Costello specs.

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    1. Hahahaha @ losing the Elvis Costello specs! I guess when Where Does This Door Go (the album that contains today’s song) was released, he figured he didn’t need those glasses for “the look”.

      I never thought of JT in regards to the original song, but now that you mention it, I can hear it. Thanks as always for your perceptive comments!

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      1. It is similar but to my ear not as blatant as Blurred Lines. Thanks, T.Wayne. Now I am really wanting a drink & it’s only noon…..or maybe I’m being influenced by all the Burn Notice episodes I am watching. Hello, Sam Axe!

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  2. Did you mean a video with cute dogs? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Kinda cool, this – I like – maybe the first one with the cute dogs. I have a friend who loves dressing up her dogs like these. She has a new Dalmation – I get regular updates and pictures so I’m sending her the link to the cute dogs. Now tell me Teacy – is it the video or the dogs that are cute?πŸ˜‚ Sorry I’m having a chuckle here. I like the smoothe vibe of the song – thanks for the introduction.

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      1. Oh I love it! Do you have a dog? Would you dress them up? Btw my friend who lives in Austria loved the video – I’m not sure if she listened to the song thoughπŸ˜€ Anyway I’ll check out Mr Hawthorne’s music further when I have a chance.

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      2. I love the way you will redirect us to answer your question when we get carried away with other thoughts!
        Lady G Comment: YADA YADA YADA YADA…
        T.Wayne Response: But which artist/version did you like? (i.e.: Answer my damn question!)
        Chevvy…girl, he’s done it to me a time or two! LOL!!

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      3. So to recap:
        What I learnt today:
        1)For at least one day, the blog has gone to the dogs.
        2)My traits in my “day job” have dragged themselves into my “off-time pursuits.”

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  3. Twin I really dig both of them, but you know I can be partial to the 70’s.
    In this case I’d say that they are kinda neck and neck with the first version winning by a nose–or, so I say! LOL!!!

    But, like I said, somewhere…and you know where…them freaking 80’s handclaps like drive me crazy! That said, they weren’t overdone on this one.

    Very nice!

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