From the big catchy horn intro, settling into the harmonised melody, “One Of These Days” feels like a traditional 1930s number, maybe in the style of “Why Don’t You Do Right?”
The singers seem to be following the traditional role of the woman singer hard done by with her useless man. “One of these days you’re gonna do something right / you’ll work all day and you’ll come home at night…”
But this number is one of those wolves in sheep’s clothing that definitely has a bite. It’s a modern number with modern sensibilities – and rather than the helpless victimhood of songs like “All Of Me” in which the woman is paralysed by the grief she receives from her man, The Three Belles have something far more punchy to tell you. By the end of the song, they are giving their fellah an ultimatum – and eventually the big kiss-off.
Just as Amy Winehouse did with Motown that had a distinctly modern feel, it’s a wonderful example of the way that modern sentiment can be expressed in the voice of the past.
Once again the arrangements here are cracking – like a big number from a Hollywood movie.
Sally Taylor, AKA Gail Winters solos in this one, with her clear voice cutting the man down to size with every syllable she utters. This is a great number, that signs off with a cruel “bye bye”.