Strip Club Music Classics

"Lady Marmalade"

by Labelle

Last Updated: 

10th August 2022

This song was written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan and was inspired by the sex workers in New Orleans. The song was first recorded as a demo by disco group "The Eleventh Hour" but it failed to chart. It was then offered to Patti LaBelle, who claims didn't know the song was about a prostitute (Lady Marmalade) and was unaware the French words in the song, "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi se soir?" meant "Do you want to sleep with me tonight?" However, she sang the lead vocals with her group Labelle, and it was released in late 1974 from their album "Nightbirds." It successfully hit no.1 in the USA and Canada, and no.17 in the UK, and has become a cultural icon:

British-Canadian band All Saints covered the song in 1998, with many lyrical changes except to the refrain. It was released in Europe, and despite it being a strong song (in our opinion), its only significant success was reaching no.1 in the UK:

The song was also covered in the 2001 musical romantic drama movie, about the famous cabaret "Moulin Rouge." For the soundtrack singers Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, & Pink collaborated with producers Rockwilder & Missy Elliott (who does the intro & outro). Again, some of the lyrics were changed including moving the setting from New Orleans to Paris, France. The song was released as a single in 2001 and was a run-away success - hitting the no.1 spot in 14 countries (including the USA, the UK, & Australia):

We could easily go on and on with cover versions by the bucket load but here's a hidden gem. A great cover, and certainly very less well known than all the above, by The Hindley Street Country Club - a collaboration of local musicians in Adelaide, Australia. Here's a recording with the HSCC Bad Girls from the beginning of 2022:

Our last cover choice is this a cappella piece with amazing beatbox skills by UNC Cadence:

We'll leave you with some exciting choreography to this track:

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