In the history of cinema few films have nailed what men are like the way Diner did. I’ve never been this bad (my records aren’t alphabetized for a start) but, you know, I can relate.
This little blogging hiatus I’m on at the moment was supposed to be so I could get some personal shit done but I’ve been so swamped at work I haven’t had any time to get to what I wanted to get to the past couple of weeks which is very frustrating.
So if you’re as cream-crackered and stressed as I am at the moment you might need a little something to perk you up. You’d have to be dead not to get a jolt from this.
What a lovely record this was. Watching this it’s hard to believe that kid singing would go on to put out a brilliant solo single on Factory Records (made with members of A Certain Ratio and New Order) and then, sadly, die at the age of 38.
I woke up this morning with this song in my head for some reason and I can’t get rid of it, I have “I want ya, yes I want ya, yes I really do” on a perpetual loop in my brain. Did I have a dream about Alvin Stardust or something?
This was very nearly the first single I ever bought. I still remember being in the Harlequin Records on Fulham Road clutching the 50p record token I got for Christmas and staring at the Top 40 chart pinned to the wall for ages unable to decide between “My Coo Ca Choo” or “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” by Wizzard. In the end I went with the latter which I think was a wise decision.
I’m 40 years older than I was when it was first on the telly but I still laughed watching this. I think it’s the sound effects, a good boing! always makes me chuckle.
If you thought Tom Jones and Janis Joplin was a strange pairing check this one out, it’s like watching some bizarro alternate universe where David Bowie is Tony Orlando. You might find your pleasure waning after a while though – it’s long – so I suggest you switch to this.
Posting is going to be a little thin over the next few weeks as I’m focusing on something else at the moment which is taking all my rather limited spare time and brain power. In addition, Blogger are making some technical changes which might mean me moving this blog somewhere else soon so I have to look into that.
I’ll still put up the odd video and photo but don’t expect much in the way of writing for a few weeks. I know you’re only here for the free music anyway, like this utter beauty. Something about The Isleys just makes me feel so damn good.
Download: Work To Do – The Isley Brothers (mp3)