This is an amazing song and it was written by a women who had obviously had enough! (Actually it was written by Philadelphia songwriters John Madara and David White and recorded by Lesley Gore in 1963, when Gore was 17 years old.) But it should have been written by an angry woman from the sixties. Lesley Gore did an amazing job and her rendition is a classic. However, I am a child of the eighties not a child of the sixties, so she is not the person who introduced me to this classic.
I first heard it when the Blow Monkeys covered the song for the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing. The song is sung in a similar fashion to the original but from a male perspective I suppose. The lyrics are unchanged from Gore’s version and the song was recorded more as an RB song rather than as a straight Pop song.
Actually Joan Jett released a cover of the song on her debut album, Bad Reputation. The first release of her well known single I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll was a Europe only release double A side with You Don’t Own Me released in 1979. Joan’s version is fairly true to the original, the level of defiant independence remains in the vocals although with Joan’s distinct vocal style.
There have been many covers of this fabulous songs … but you always love your first 😉 ( and this video has James Dean in it … so there’s that!)
Now YOU tell me a song that starts with YOU….