Anyone remember the classic hit song, “Iko Iko,” by The Dixie Cups? The song is extremely catchy and musically joyful, but is actually telling the story of a parade collision between the tribes of Mardi Gras Indians and the traditional confrontation.
The Dixie Cups learned the song from their grandmother singing it, and now Sluka has taken their own, darker spin on it.
Sluka covered the track, because they felt it was especially relevant as a reflection of all the polarized politics permeating worldwide. Their cover of “Iko Iko” stays true to the story, but with a more dark and chilling sound, compared to the original.
With lyrics like, “My grandma and your grand-ma were sit-tin’ by the fire / My grandma told your grand-ma, “I’m gon-na set your flag on fire,”” and “Look at my king all dressed in red I-ko, I-ko, un-day / I bet-cha five dol-lars he’ll kill you dead,” Sluka’s version seems more fitting, and makes you pay attention to the lyrics more.
This track can be found on Sluka’s album, Ready to Connect.
Listen to it on Spotify HERE.
Watch Sluka’s music video for “Iko Iko” below:
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