Claps, Clicks & Whistles #13

Staying in the world of soundtracks again this week, and a movie I watched a couple of months ago on Netflix called “I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore”. You can see right off what attracted me to it, can’t you?

Here’s the plot synopsis as it appears on IMDb:

“When a depressed woman is burglarized, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.”

“Burglarized” isn’t really a word we use over here in the UK. We prefer to use “burgled”. “Burglarized” sounds like it’s a euphemism for something unpleasantly non-consensual, doesn’t it?

I should point out that “I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore” is a black comedy, and stars Melanie Lynsky (I spent the whole film trying to work out where I knew her from, and then found out afterwards she’s in Peter Jackson’s 1994 movie “Heavenly Creatures”, which I loved when it came out) and Elijah Woods, who has some kind of connection with Jackson too, apparently.

It’s a decent enough film – not great enough to have me rushing to my laptop to recommend it to you all, but good enough to while a couple of hours away watching.

Oh, and the soundtrack’s not bad too, and it did have me scurrying off to track down a song or two from it, including this fine slice of doo-woppery:

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Judy & The Affections – Dum, Dum, De Dip

Finding out information about Judy & The Affections has proved somewhat difficult; Judy (or Judi as she appears on some records) is Judy Placido, and I stumbled across a rather charming forum where the band were being discussed.

One contributor proffers:

“According to Sal at the record show, Judi is from St Clair Shores and may still live there. She only sang on the two records that he knew of”

…only to be corrected a few posts later with this:

“Actually, 4 records. Judi and the other group members opted to pursue boyfriends instead of singing careers. Except me, the youngest at 13-4, and too young for boys!!!! For me, being a member of the singing group was a way to go to places that I would be too young to get into. It was a legitimate night out. We recorded in 1963-4.”

That from one Jo Placido. (And while we’re at it: put that in your pipe and smoke it, Sal from The Record Show! And your show has a rubbish, all too literal, name!)

Similarly, someone posted this song on YouTube back in 2009, one of those things where they wanted to share the record and made a video made up of lots of images of 1950s/1960s life and culture to accompany it. In 2014, this appears in the Comments section:

“I am flattered that you used my song in your Youtube video. Love the pictures too.”

– Judith Placido

Which is all rather lovely, that members of a band who had less than their fifteen minutes of fame back in the day can find out, years later, that their records have been discovered by a whole new wave of music fans. Such is the beauty of the internet.

So Bloggers of the world take note: one day, somebody that you write about may just Google the old band they used to be in and be led to your blog….

Can I just say what exceptionally nice chaps I’m sure the individual members of Blue are really….?

More soon.

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