Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes-Benz” reinterpreted.
For the 125th Anniversary of the Automobile, British music magazine BLAG initiated something special. As a tribute to the inventor of the car they asked three young artists to collaborate and create a completely new interpretation of the iconic “Mercedes Benz” song, which was so marvellously crooned by blues and rock singer Janis Joplin in 1971. In this a cappella version written by Joplin and beat poet Michael McClure, she famously lamented about having her own Mercedes-Benz.
A wry social commentary, indeed, which is now transformed by the hands and voices of pop singer-songwriter Estelle (hit singles “Free”, “American Boy” featuring Kanye West), David Banner, a Grammy award winning producer, and British soul singer Daley who just collaborated with the notorious British band Gorillaz.