He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)

Pretty un-pc but imbued with an incredible vitality that “Hit Me Baby (One More Time)” by Britney Spears never quite delivered on. I first heard this track as a cover by Grizzly Bear during an encore at their most recent Berlin gig. They did a brilliant job of making it their own but something about the forcefulness and clarity of the lyrics was uncharacteristic of a band that otherwise favors dreamy suggestion or the non-linguistic new folk equivalent of doo-wapping (as also practiced by the Dirty Projectors).

Here is the original…

And a recorded (as in not live) version of the Grizzly cover…

 

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