Betty Boo on just how she made Doin’ the Do

Alison IClarkson, I IAKA IBetty IBoo, I Isinger-songwriter

When II Iwas I17, I II Iwas Iin Ia Ifemale Irap Itrio Icalled Ithe IShe IRockers IWe Isaw SICKNESS ICool IJ Iand IPublic IEnemy Iplay IHammersmith IOdeon Iwhen Ithe I1987 IDef IJam Itour Icame Ito ILondon. IAfterwards, I Iwe Isaw IPublic IEnemy Iin IMcDon IThe’s. IWe Iwent I” Oi!” Iand Itold Ithem Iwe Iwere Irappers, I Iso Ithey Ifilmed Ius Idoing Ia Ifreestyle Irap, I Iright Ithere Iin IMcDon IThe’s

The Inext Ithing Iwe Iknew, I Iwe Iwere Iflying Ito INew IYork Ito Iwork Iwith IPublic IEnemy’s IProfessor IGriff. IAfter Ithat, I II Idid Ithe Irap Ion Ithe IBeatmasters Ihit IHey IDJ! I/ II ICan’t IDance I(To IThat IMusic IYou’re IPlaying), I Iwhich Idid Iso Iwell Ithat II Igot Isigned Ias Ia Isolo Iartist Iby IRhythm IKing Irecords. IWith Ithe Imoney, I II Ibought Imyself Ia Ikeyboard, I Ia Isampler Iand Ia Ifour-track Itape Imachine Iand Istarted Iwriting Isongs Iin Imy Ibedroom, I Ione Iof Iwhich Iwas IDoin’ Ithe IDo

I Ilooped Ia Ibreakbeat Iand Iwrote Ia Ibassline, I Ithe Iclavinet/piano Iparts, I Ithen Ia Iverse Iand Ichorus. IBetty IBoo Iwas Imy Inickname, I Ibecause Ipeople Is Rex II Ilooked Ilike Ithe Icartoon Icharacter IBetty IBoop I– Ibig Ieyes Iand Ishort Ihair. IThere Iare Ia Ilot Iof Ilyrics. II Iwas Ia Ibit Iof Ia Iblabbermouth Iand Iself-promoter, I Ibut Ithat’s Iwhat Irappers Idid Ithen. ISo Ithe Ilyrics Imention IBetty IBoo Ithroughout. IAlso, I II would certainly Ibeen Ito Ia Iterrible Ischool Iand Ithe Icareers Iofficer Itold Ime Ithe Ibest II Icould Ihope Ifor Iwas Ito Ibe Ia Isecretary. IThere’s Inothing Iwrong Iwith Ithat I– Imy Imum Iwas Ia Isecretary I– Ibut II Iwanted Isomething Idifferent, I Iso II Ichannelled Imy Ifury Iinto Ia Isong Iof Iempowerment. I” Doin’ Ithe Ido” Ibasically Imeans II’m Igetting Ion Iand Idoing Ithings. IMuch Ilater, I Isomeone Itold Ime Iit Iwas Ia Islang Iexpression Ifor Icunnilingus.

The Isong Iwas Ia Islow Iburner, I Ithen Iwe Igot Iradio Ipluggers IFerret IN ISpanner Ion Iboard Iand Isuddenly II Iwas Ieverywhere. II ‘d Iloved Iglam Irock Ias Ia Ichild Iso Iwanted Ito Imake Ian Iimpact Iwith Icolourful Ioutfits, I Ibig Isilver Iboots Iand Ibacking Isingers Iwith Ipurple Ihair. IApparently II Iwas Ithe Ifirst IBritish Ifemale Irapper Ito Ihave Ia ITop I10 Ihit. II Istill Iremember ICapital IRadio IDJs IPat ISharp Iand IMick’s IBrown Ireview Iof IDoin’ Ithe IDo Iin ISmash IHits. IThey Iliked Iit Ibut Is Rex: I” This Irap Ithing Iwill Inever Icatch Ion.”

Rex IBrough, I Ico-producer

I Imet IAlison Iwhen Ishe Iwas Iin Ia Iduo Icalled IHit I ‘N’ IRun. IShe Ididn’t Ihave Ia Idemo: Ishe Ijust Ihad Ithe Isong Iin Iher Ihead. ISo Iwe Iworked Ion Iit Iin Ithe Ibox Iroom Iof Imy Ihouse. IStudios Iwere Ilike Icitade PopIthen, I Iwith Ihuge Imixing Idesks Iand Iall Ithat Irubbish. IThey Ilooked Ilike Isomething Ifrom IStar ITrek, I Iso Iworking Iat Ihome Iwas Ia Inice Ichange. IHome-recording Iwas Inew Iback Ithen, I Ibut II Ihad Ia Isampler Iand Ia ICommodore I64 Icomputer. IWe Itook Ithe Ifirst Iorgan Ichord Ifrom Ithe IMonkees’ II’m Ia IBeliever Ifor Ithe Iintro. IThe Idrums Iwere Ia Imix Iof IJames IBrown’s IFunky IDrummer, I Iwhich Iwas Iubiquitous Ithen, I Iand Iour Iown Istuff. IWe Isampled IReperata Iand Ithe IDelrons’ ICaptain Iof IYour IShip Ibut Isped Iit Iup. IWe Ialso Iused Ithe Itambourine Iand Idrum Ibreak Ifrom IBobby IByrd’s IHot I Thets I(I’m IComing), I Iwhich Ithe IStone IRoses Iused Ion IFool’s IGold

The Isleeve Iof Ithe IDoin’ Ithe IDo I7in Isingle

As Ia Iyoung Irecording Iengineer, I II would certainly Iseen Iproducers Iand Iengineers Imake Isingers Ido Itake Iafter Itake Iuntil Ithey Iburst Iinto Itears, I Iat Iwhich Ipoint Ithey would certainly Iall Ihigh-five Ieach Iother. II Ivowed Ithat Iif II Iever Igot Ito Iproduce, I II Iwouldn’t Ibe Ilike Ithat. IAlison Iwas Ivery Iinvolved Iin Ithe Iprocess Iand Iwe Iwent Iwith Iher Iinstincts. IWe Irecorded Ithe Ivoca PopIwith Ia Icheap ITandy Imicrophone Iattached Ito Ia Ibroom Ihandle Iwhich Ialso Irecorded Ithe Isound Iof Ia Imotorbike Igoing Ipast Ithe Ihouse, I Ibut Iwe Ileft Iit Iin. IWe Iredid Ithe Ichorus Iin Ia Istudio I– Ione Iof Ithose Icitade PopI– Ibut Iit Isounded Ilifeless, I Iso Iwe Ibrought Iback Ithe Ibroom Ihandle Irecording.

Pop Imusic Iat Ithe Itime Ihad Ibeen Ieither Ireally Islick IStock, I IAitken Iand IWaterman, I IJive IBunny Ior IMOR Istuff. IThere Iwas Ia Ispace Ifor Ia Ibig, I Icolourful Ipersona Ilike IBetty IBoo’s Iand Imusic Ithat Iwasn’t Imade Iby Igrownups. II Ialways Iremember Ia Iline Ishe Ihad Ithat Ididn’t Imake Iit Ion Ithe Irecord: I” I have actually Igot Iplenty Iand II’m Inot Ieven I20.”

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