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YMMV / Nina Simone

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  • Signature Song: "Feeling Good". Though there are many others, this song is the main one associated with Nina; especially amongst new/casual fans. It helps that a lot of other people have covered the song as well (Muse being a particularly well-known example to modern audiences), so many newcomers already know the song when coming to her work.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Subtlety was not in her vocabulary when it came to her Protest Songs, and they are all the stronger for it. For instance, she recorded a song called "Mississippi Goddam" in 1964, when language of that severity was still at least mildly shocking. The Beach Boys agonised over using the word "God" in the chorus of "God Only Knows", and that didn't appear until 1966. As seen on the Trivia page, this did have material consequences for her in terms of radio airplay.
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  • Tear Jerker: A lot of them, but her eleven-minute cover of George Harrison's "Isn't It a Pity" stands out for its naked honesty and timeless Protest Song themes.

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