Janis Joplin – “Mercedes Benz” Cover By Studio 7 In X Factor
Oh Lord, Won’t You Buy Me A Night On The Town?
“Mercedes Benz” was written by Janis Joplin, Michael McClure and Bob Neuwirth. It was recorded on October 1, 1970 for her second and final solo studio album “Pearl.” This a capella song was recorded in one take and was one of the last tracks she ever recorded because Janis died three days later.
The song’s lyrics were written at a Port Chester bar in August 1970 during an impromptu poetry jam between Joplin and songwriter-friend Bob Neuwirth. The lyrics were inspired by the first line of a song written by San Francisco beat poet Michael McClure.
This has been covered by several other musicians including Elton John, Goose Creek Symphony, former Guns N’ Roses rhythm guitarist Gilby Clarke, and Hubert von Goisern to name a few. It’s not surprising that it has been used numerous times by car advertisements, at one time during a Superbowl commercial.
On the bootleg recording from the concert, she says from the stage: “I’d like to do a song of some significance, now. I just wrote it at the bar on the corner, so I don’t know all the words yet. I’m going to do it Acapulco,” which had been my funny way of saying “a cappella.” I think she decided to sing it to further impress Geraldine and Rip.
This is an excellent performance in The X Factor Romania and gotta love their take on this Janis Joplin classic.