[Sunday Morn Throwback] Ann Peebles – “I Can’t Stand the Rain”
Don Bryant of Hi-Fi Records wrote this song for his soon to be St. Louis Missouri born wife and singer Ann Peebles in 1973. Over the course of the song's existence, it has been covered by a handful of artists including Michael Bolton, Cassandra Wilson and Tina Turner, though it is best known (at least for 80's babies) as the source material for Missy Elliot's 1997 hit "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" produced by her then sideman Timbaland. The song's success was no doubt hurried along by that creepy Michelin man garbage bag outfit she wore in the track's video (and the real-time deforming eye and lip enlarging camera effects) that I don't think anyone ever fully understood. "I Can't Stand The Rain" became the chorus for Elliot's hit, while the second part of that same phrase, "Bringin' Back Sweet Memories", was scooped three years later by Hi-Tek for "Memories Live" from Reflection Eternal's 2000 landmark album Train of Thought.