Same Title, Different Song

Two absolute classics for your delectation today, again one of which was mentioned in passing in this week’s The Chain thread.

Neither of them require any real introduction, so I’ll just let the tunes speak for themselves.

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Mary J. Blige – Family Affair

Which is a bloody marvellous tune, but not quite as good as this:

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Sly & The Family Stone – Family Affair

And that’s no slur on Mary J; but there’s very little that is as good as a bit of Sly & The Family Stone.

More soon.

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Which Reminds Me…

…in an effort to cleanse the palate from the triple whammy in my last post of Tight Fit, Cannon & Ball, and John Inman, here’s the “One Armed Boxer” remix of the Happy Mondays tune that was mentioned in passing:

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Happy Mondays and Karl Denver – Lazyitis [One Armed Boxer Remix]

More soon.

 

The Chain #9

Evening all.

Last week’s track to suggest a link to was David Essex’s “Rock On”, and I received choice ideas from the usual suspects.

So, let’s get going with the first of them, which came from Swiss Adam over at Bagging Area and was remarkably similar to my own selection:

“David Essex>>> Happy Mondays ‘Lazyitis’>>> Sly and the Family Stone ‘Family Affair’>>> Karl Denver ‘Wimoweh’>>> er… Tight Fit.”

In case you’re unclear of any the steps there, “Lazyitis” nods to both “Family Affair” and Essex’s “Gonna Make You a Star”, and Karl Denver featured on the “One Armed Boxer” remix of “Lazyitis”. So here’s Denver’s “Wimoweh”:

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Karl Denver – Wimoweh

Denver there, applying the principles of Joey from “Friends” ‘Smell The Fart’ acting to his pose for the sleeve.

And just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about:

Tight Fit, of course, had a Number One single in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Belgium with their cover version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, which is also known as “Wimoweh”. But rather than post two records by Tight Fit (I don’t think the world is quite ready for such an overload), here’s my selection for the week, which was Tight Fit’s follow-up single, again a cover, but this time one which had featured in the Dutch Eurovision Song Contest heats. Nope, it wasn’t actually selected to represent the Dutch in the actual competition, which gives you some clue as to its’ quality:

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Tight Fit – Fantasy Island

Whoever came up with the concept for the sleeve of that single was clearly on a tight budget.

“It’s called Fantasy Island, you say? Well, what we’ll do is have the singer leading moodily against a step ladder, whilst the backing singers stand on either side of the ladder looking happy and a bit sexy.”

“Hmm, it doesn’t really scream ‘Fantasy Island’ to me, Bob. How much is it going to cost?”

“Peanuts. I already own the ladder.”

“In which case, I love it! Nothing says ‘Fantasy Island’ more than a ladder.”

Moving on, here’s The Swede‘s suggestion:

“Ted Carroll started Rock On Records as a stall on Portabello Road market in 1971, before graduating to a shop in Camden Town in 1975. In 1975, Ted also started the Chiswick record label, initially releasing singles by pub-rock bands, some of whom influenced the early punk scene. The first release on Chiswick was the ‘Speedball EP’ by The Count Bishops (catalogue number SW1). The first track on the EP is their cover of ‘Route 66’.”

Can’t argue with that:

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The Count Bishops – Route 66

Next up is The Great Gog’s suggestion who sent me this message:

“Bobby Ball used to use the catchphrase “Rock On, Tommy” to his, ahem, comedy partner, Tommy Cannon. Therefore I suggest a track from Tommy – perhaps I’m Free rather than the pinball one.”

Here you go:

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The Who – I’m Free

Now you all know me by now. Can’t resist the opportunity to post something utterly naff now and then. So I asked The Great Gog if he wasn’t tempted to suggest The Cannon & Ball theme tune, to which he replied:

“To be honest, I have absolutely no recollection of their theme tune. Perhaps someone more knowledgeable needs to provide a service to folk like me with a fading memory and post it😉

Oh go on then, if I must:

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Cannon & Ball – Together We’ll Be OK

You’re all very welcome.

Ordinarily, that would have been the end of that, but The Great Gog then added:

“Of course “I’m Free” was itself a catchphrase on innuendo-laden sitcom Are You Being Served?”

Now, that kind of comment is just asking for trouble. Because, yes. Yes, it was. And as was often the case in the 1970s, a catchphrase often led to someone releasing a single to try and cash in. If you thought the Cannon & Ball song was bad, wait til you hear this:

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John Inman – Are You Being Served Sir?

No need to thank me.

Time for George’s selection of the week:

“David Essex starred in a couple of films with Adam FAITH. FAITH Hill is country singer who recorded a song for the PEARL Harbour soundtrack. And PEARL Butler was 50% of the country duo Carl Butler and Pearl. And one of their songs is Two Of A Kind, which features Pearl’s bizarrely bad singing voice.”

Now, as with George’s selection last week, Carl and Pearl Butler were new to me, so I needed a little assistance acquiring the track in question. Which, to quote Steven Wright, “doesn’t go a bit like this, it goes exactly like this”:

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Carl & Pearl Butler – Two of a Kind

She’s distinctive, I’ll give her that.

Okay, to the last of your suggestions for this week, and here’s Charity Chic:

“David Essex to Frank Turner ‘Wessex Man’ to Bachman Turner Overdrive ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet'”

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Bachman Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Of course, any mention of this tune immediately sparks the memory of this pair:

And that’s your lot for this week.

Except for the song which was the official link to the David Essex one, which was this:

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9. Bruce Springsteen – The River

Regular readers will possibly recall that this is the second time The River has featured on these pages, the last time being in the Friday Night Music Club thread a couple of weeks ago, where I inadvertently gave away the link to David Essex.

So, no need for you to suggest what the link is, but I welcome your suggestions as to what I can play next week that links to Bruce Springsteen’s The River, along with a brief explanation of the link, via the Comments page at the bottom.

More soon.

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Here in the UK, today is Father’s Day.

A couple of months ago, my brother and I got phenomenally pissed and told my Dad about this place. The more astute, comment reading folks, amongst you may have spotted a little comment from him a couple of weeks ago, accepting the props for turning my ear to the record which shares a name with this thread.

Saturday nights in our house when I was a kid were generally spent playing records and having a bit of a sing song where possible. It was through these nights that I learned about not only Kris Kristofferson, but also Lonnie Donegan, Fats Waller, Roberta Flack, The Rolling Stones (Dad used to do a great Jagger impression that he now denies all knowledge of), some amazing jazz records by Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Dave Brubeck that I still don’t know the names of, and of course Johnny Cash.

This seems appropriate:

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Johnny Cash – Daddy Sang Bass

The title of the song, and the “Me and Little Brother…” line are provided by another Country act that Dad had a couple of albums by: The Statler Brothers.

Back in the 1990s, I was in Spillers Records in Cardiff one day when I was surprised to hear them playing a track I recognised as being by The Statler Brothers. Spillers is a cool little independent record store; more than that it is officially the oldest record store in the world, having opened its doors for the first time in 1894. It’s a haven for great records, with enthusiastic, helpful and knowledgeable staff, and it’s one of the main things I miss about not living in Cardiff anymore. It’s not the sort of place I was used to hearing The Statler Brothers being played, though. (I took Mum and Dad there once when they came down to visit. I picked up a copy of The Mighty Wah!’s “A Word to the Wise Guy” that day; Dad bought something by Emmylou Harris, I think. Mum waited patiently, as she does.)

Having not seen the film at that point, I had no idea the song in question was on the soundtrack of one of the greatest films not just of the 90s, but ever: Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece, “Pulp Fiction”.

You know the song I mean. Bruce Willis is singing it just before he runs Ving Rhames over and they jointly…erm…”encounter” Zed and The Gimp.

This one:

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The Statler Brothers – Flowers on the Wall

I defy anyone not to try and do the baritone “Kangaroo” line in that.

Anyway, Happy Father’s Day.

More soon.

Late Night Stargazing

More from last week’s Field Day now, and to Air, the very epitome of French cool, from whom I could have picked any number of tunes to pop into this thread.

Their set was incredible – they have a best of album out imminently, so we got a real walk through the finest moments from their back catalogue, which culminated in a hat-trick from their peerless “Moon Safari” album: “Sexy Boy”, “Kelly Watch The Stars” and a set-closing, breath-taking version of this:

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Air – La Femme D’Argent

Nothing I can write will do that song justice.

More soon.