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Lady Marmalade

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The novelist Jonathan Franzen has a new novel out, PURITY.  I haven't seen it, and frankly don't really plan to. But I have it on good authority that the following passage appears near the end:

Just when it was time to be leaving, the band launched into a must-dance song, the soul-sister song.

"Hate the lyrics," Jason said, dancing. "Hate the cooptation for a car commercial. And yet --"

"Great song," Pip said, dancing.

They danced for half an hour while the rain came down and the San Lorenzo rose.

This seems to have set off some speculation as to which song (if there is any one song in the non-fictional universe referenced here) is the so-danceable one that Jason and Pip enjoy.

My immediate thought is of "Lady Marmalade," as recorded by Labelle in 1975, also known by the chorus, "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?" which begins,

Hey sister, go sister, soul sister, go sister
Hey sister, go sister, soul sister, go sister


which is compulsively danceable. But there seem to be other contenders.

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