It's another post about the Pointer Sisters, y'all!
Jenny threw down the gauntlet in the comments to my "he's so shy" post. Says Jenny:
"These may be fightin' words Krissy, but I'm pretty sure I prefer Conway Twitty's version of "Slow Hand" to the Pointer Sisters. But it's kind of a toss up."
Ah, leave it to Jjjjjenny to bring up Conway Twitty. (I love you, Jenny!) So let's have them duke it out.
Iiiiiiin this corner, Conway Twitty's version from 1982 which hit the top of the country charts. Here's a live version that appears to be from a country awards show. Note the underwhelmed reaction from the crowd, and watch carefully at the very end for an awesome hand gesture combo: golf-swing-of-the-mic, thumbs-up, point-to-the-sky.
I bet Conway smelled strongly of aftershave with undercurrents of cigarettes, polyester and hairspray. May he rest in peace.
And in this corner, The Pointer Sisters' version from 1981 which only hit #2 on the pop charts. Coincidentally, I actually sang this version of the song at karaoke on Friday night with Lisa and Lilia. Unfortunately we didn't achieve the Sisters' sultry-sway choreography, but Lisa made a great Anita Pointer. I think I played the part of the Pointer in the sad hat and two-toned tights.
And now let's tally the score:
-1 Twitty: His hand, be it slow or fast, is just not something I want to think about.
-1 Pointers: The official music video is a snoooozer.
+1 Pointers: They were first to make the song a hit.
-1 Twitty: His countrified version's a little too upbeat. Pointers got the tempo right.
+3 Pointers: They took a song written by two men and turned it into a feminist anthem.
-1 Twitty: Back off, Conway, you don't know what I need.
+3 Twitty: His name was Conway. Twitty. Not even his real name, he took it as a stage name, possibly even stealing it from an actual Conway Twitty. But I digress.
OK you know which version I prefer. Jenny, we'll have to agree to disagree on this one. Everyone else: which version is your favorite? Help us settle the score in the comments.
Pointers are the new religion: