“Twist And Shout” – Reggae, Latin, and Hip-Hop Covers

salt-n-pepa-twist-and-shoutIn 1986, The Beatles were back in the Top 40 on the Billboard Pop charts after a decade and a half break.  Ferris Bueller was lip-syncing “Twist and Shout” at the Chicago parade, Rodney Dangerfield was singing it in his comedy, “Back To School” and the song jumped up to #23 in the summer of ’86.   In terms of weeks on the charts, “Twist And Shout” ranks as The Beatles second most successful song ever to “Hey Jude”.    The song was actually first a hit song for The Isley Brothers in 1962 and originally recorded by a group called the Top Notes.  Since then everyone from Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Buck Owens, and Ike & Tina Turner have performed the song.

Let’s look at three of the best outside the box covers of “Twist And Shout”.  First up, a 1993 reggae cover by Chaka Demus and Pliers that went to #1 in the U.K.   Following up their international smash, “Tease Me”, the group became the first Jamaican act to top the charts in eight years.  The timeless feel-good vibe of the song easily translated to an island beach party jam.

“TWIST AND SHOUT” Chaka Demus & Pliers

“Twist y Gritos” converted the 60s party anthem to a Spanish hit song. Recorded by Alejandra Guzman, nicknamed The Queen of Rock, on her 1989 album titled “Dame Tu Amor”. Her second album was a collection of covers including “Satifaccion” (Rolling Stones) and “No Seas Cruel” (Elvis Presley). In 1988, the first female rap group to take over the music world, Salt N Pepa, released a hip hop version of “Twist & Shout” on their 1988 album “A Salt With A Deadly Pepa”. Their version merged the classic favorite with samples from Toni Basil’s 80s hit, “Mickey”. The music video went full Beatlemania with the girls reprising The Beatles look and style from their debut performance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.

“TWIST Y GRITOS” Alejandra Guzman

“TWIST & SHOUT” Salt N Pepa