It’s Thanksgiving here so you’re getting this early. Hope it puts you in the holiday spirit.
I found out the other day that Jacqueline Bisset’s real first name is Winifred.
Does this woman look like a Winifred to you?
Download: You Don’t Know My Name (Reggae Remix) – Alicia Keys (mp3)
I can’t remember where I got this track from but it’s terrific. I loved the Kanye-produced original and it’s even sweeter in reggae style, like old-timey Lovers Rock.
An obvious choice of song but this video is so magnificently odd I had to post it.
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Shirley Bassey’s cover of “Something” got to #4 in the UK charts in 1970, the same spot The Beatles’ original reached the year before. I never heard the Fab Four’s version at the time and didn’t for years, but my mother had a 45 of the Shirley Bassey which she loved so that was the version I knew growing up. I even heard it by Frank Sinatra before the original too.
As a result I thought of “Something” as an adult standard instead of a pop song, so to my ears George Harrison sounded too young to be singing it. The Beatles’ version is great of course, but it feels more about the happy rapture of young love while Shirley brings a grown-up sensuality to it which I prefer. Instead of lovey-dovey infatuation, she sounds like she’s singing about sex.
Download: Something – Shirley Bassey (mp3)
Sydney Eloise & The Palms are a combo from Atlanta, Georgia whose terrific debut album Faces is a tasty stew of classic Girl-Group pop, Laurel Canyon Country, and 70s AM rock. But despite the obvious retro influences it still sounds very new. Imagine Jenny Lewis produced by Phil Spector and you’re near the mark. Then go and buy it.
The sad death of the great Allen Toussaint earlier this week got me falling down a YouTube hole of records he either wrote, produced, or performed himself. Bouncing between Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, Dr John, The Meters, Aaron Neville, and Labelle really brought home what an extraordinary amount of great music he was responsible for. Like this joyous beauty he wrote.
Though I didn’t know the original version of this song was recorded by Frankie Miller of all people.
Who cares that England never qualified for a World Cup in the 1970s when we had Indoor League on the telly to show off our world-beating skill at pub sports? I bet the Germans were rubbish at Skittles.
Televised Shove Ha’Penny sounds like a Monty Python sketch — and looks like one too — but this was real and actually on our televisions in the 1970s. If you’re desperate to see that exciting Shove Ha’Penny final it starts around 3:25.
Download: Spiel Ohne Grenzen – Peter Gabriel (mp3)