¡Eso Si Que Es!: On
Gloria Estefan and wearin’ someone else’s socks.
By COCO HAMES
Almost Anything for You
When I first moved to LA, I got a job singing backup vocals
on karaoke tracks. I’d go into the studio, the guy would tell me which track we
were doing, and I’d sing the song. We’d
record one side of me singing all the vocal tracks (lead and backup) and one
side of just the backup. When you sing karaoke and some random ghost harmonies
come out of nowhere, that’s the backup vocal track.
So one day, we were set to do Gloria Estefan’s “Anything For
You,” and it was completely out of my range. I tried singing it low, and then
high, and I just couldn’t do it! I didn’t want to lose the job, so I kept
asking to start over, but the killer part was the “…you know you made me strong!” I absolutely couldn’t
And so, I did lose the job. But next time you’re singing
karaoke and you hear some prerecorded vocal accompaniment coming in, it could
be me, singing along.
Because we don’t have a lot of time or money on the road,
and because Poni and I wear almost the same size shoe, we get our socks in
bulk. Usually at Target, usually just functional white sports socks. And
invariably, when we do laundry, whether at a friend’s house or in a hotel
bathtub, the socks will get mixed up. Same socks, same amount of usage but, at
the same time, we always know when we’re wearing the other’s socks.
It’s not a good feeling. It’s disquieting and disconcerting
to know, in your heart of hearts, that the socks you have on are not your
Coco Hames fronts The Ettes – Hames on guitar, Jem Cohen on bass and Poni
Silver on drums – whose latest album Look At Life Again Soon (Take Root) is still a hot item-but look out for a new
EP, Danger Is, on April 7 (already out digitally, www.myspace.com/theettes), and a Dan Auerbach-produced limited-edition
single this month. And catch ‘em at SXSW, too.