The Chain #4

When we last visited these shores, I posted the third song from Radcliffe & Maconie’s “The Chain” – officially the longest listener-generated thematically linked sequence of musically based items on the radio, and that song was Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay”, after which I invited y’all to make your suggestions for a record that could follow that in our list.

And I’m delighted to report that there was a real upward trend in suggestions, a 100% uplift if you will. Yes, that’s right, this time I got two suggestions.

Strictly speaking, I should choose just one of them, but that seems rather churlish, so I thought I’d post both.

First, Charity Chic suggested “Otis Redding to Noel Redding to Jimi Hendrix?” which very kindly  leaves the onus on me to select a Hendrix track to bedazzle you all with. Now I don’t claim to be the biggest Hendrix fan in the world, so I figured I’d just post what is probably my favourite track of his.


The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Crosstown Traffic

If you fancy seeing what sort of stuff Charity posts on a regular basis (and I would recommend that you do), you can pay him a visit by clicking here. (I could have sworn there was a permanent link to his site in the sidebar, but it seems not. Apologies CC old chap, consider that rectified!) (along with several other regular commenters’ blogs)

The other suggestion I received was from George, who I only very recently learned was the author of a very fine and now defunct and much missed blog I name-checked here a couple of weeks ago, “Jim McLean’s Rabbit”. His suggestion is very smart, so smart that a) I don’t fully understand it, and b) it led me to describe it as “comment showboating”, which was meant as a compliment, though I’m not sure if that’s how it came across.

Anyway, here’s George’s suggestion: “What about Dock of The Bay to The Bay City Rollers, originally known as The Saxons, to Sky Saxon, to The Seeds, and their single Can’t Seem to Make You Mine?”

I don’t need any second bidding to post this psych-garage growler, so George, cheers for the suggestion, keep them coming! Oh, and happy planting!


The Seeds – Can’t Seem to Make You Mine

Okay, so that’s our suggestions dealt with, but what is the next official record in The Chain, I don’t hear you excitedly clamour.

Well, it’s this, and I have to say I have no idea what the connection between it and the Otis Redding record may be:


4. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama

So, suggestions please, via the Comments section below, for records that can feature next in Our Chain, which links to “Sweet Home Alabama”, and if you could explain the link too, as the contributors have done so far, that’d be great.

Oh, and if anyone out there can explain the connection between Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”, I’d be ever so grateful if you could fill me in, as it’s really starting to get on my tits now.

More soon.