#PlayTime: FEMME Covers ‘Ring My Bell’ And Picks Her 5 Fave Tracks From The '70s

25 June 2014 by

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Singer, songwriter and producer FEMME has recorded her own version of '70s anthem 'Ring My Bell' - and we've got the exclusive premiere for you.

Her take on the track (made famous by Anita Ward) has bigger beats and quirky vocals, but is still a sing-a-long anthem. It's one of four covers she's recorded for a free-to-download EP celebrating music from the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s. 

'This is THE feel-good female disco anthem,' says FEMME. 'It was an obvious choice for me, but certainly not easy to cover. I tried to keep all of the original sass that the 70s version oozes.'

To celebrate FEMME's '70s rework, we asked the singer to pick her 5 favourite from the decade. Her list features some absolute classics…

1. Carole King - 'Beautiful'

'One of the original Bullet Girls. She's very inspirational and an outstandingly talented songwriter and singer. Just an incredible woman.'

2. CAN - 'Vitamin C'

'I was first introduced to this band and track when I was studying at Goldsmiths. I can't believe how fresh it remains. This song doesn't age or date - testament to the excellent, forward thinking minds behind it.'

3. Earth, Wind & Fire - 'September'

'Ba De Yah. What nonsense. You can't help but move to this one.'

4. Abba - 'Knowing Me Knowing You'

'It wouldn't be a '70s playlist without something from Abba and this video is one of the trippiest things I've ever seen in my whole entire life.'

5. Elvis Costello - 'Oliver's Army'

'THAT OPENING RIFF. What a riff. This song instantly puts me in a good mood.'

You can see FEMME live at The Scotch in London on July 12 and at Festibelly Festival in Hampshire on July 17. Her free-to-download EP 'Covers' will be out at the end of this month.


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