Lucky Dip

Much as I like The Streets’ song, this is my favourite record called “Dry Your Eyes”. Gorgeous Philly Soul from 1967.

Download: Dry Your Eyes – Brenda & The Tabulations (mp3)

Image: Anna Karina in Vivre Sa Vie (1962)

Giving Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving here tomorrow so I’ll be gone the rest of the week. This is my favourite American holiday because it revolves around eating and drinking but you don’t have to buy presents for the kids. It’s like Christmas for adults!

While this year has been terrible on so many levels I am grateful to my wife and kids for filling my heart with love and giving me something to smile about every day.

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

Download: Wham Bam, Thank You Mam – Small Faces (mp3)

Cover Moi

I think I might have more versions of “Am The Same Girl?” than almost any other song. I have the 1968 original by Barbara Acklin, the instrumental version by Young-Holt Unlimited called “Soulful Strut”, and the covers by Dusty Springfield (my favourite version) and Swing Out Sister which was the biggest hit of them all. According to the Wiki page about the song there are lots more out there too. 

I also have this one by French singer Séverine from 1969. While I don’t think it’s quite as good as any of the above, it’s always a treat to hear a familiar song in a foreign language. It gives you a whole new way of hearing it and pretty much everything sounds better in French.

Download: Je Suis Bien La Meme РS̩verine (mp3)

Something for the Weekend

I watched the terrific documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? on Netflix last week and it reminded me what a riveting live performer she was. That voice of hers was spellbinding even when she was in one of her dark moods and spent more time berating the audience than singing. I wonder how she would have handled a modern audience taking photos and videos with their phones while she was performing.

Something for the Weekend

Being a child of the Punk years I’m dubious about the idea that rock singers are poets, much less seers and gurus which the Hippies seemed to think about anyone who could string a sentence together. So I can’t tell you if Dylan “deserved” to win the Nobel Prize for Literature or not, but I do know that this is fucking rocking.

Next year’s lifetime achievement Grammy should go to Philip Roth.

Lucky Dip

The dramatic tone of this 1967 record always made me think that, in typical French fashion, it was about something highly emotional and existentially crushing. Turns out it’s about a teenage girl getting ready for school in the morning while playing Elvis records and wishing Paul McCartney could help with her homework.

But then again, having kids myself, I know that getting ready for school in the morning can be a trial.

Download: 7 Heures du Matin – Jacqueline Taieb (mp3)

Lucky Dip

Bit short on inspiration at the moment so I’ll just be throwing up random tunes until the muse strikes again. Here’s some fab Latin Soul from 1969.

Download: Under The Street Lamp – Joe Bataan (mp3)

Photo: Elephant and Castle, London, 1949 by Bert Hardy.

Holiday In The Sun

Speaking of summer holidays, I’m off for a week by the beach in Maine with the family. You might see me on that Twitter but there won’t be anything new here until I get back, so play among yourselves for a while.

Here’s a lovely bit of sunny pop The Zombies recorded in 1965 but amazingly never released at the time.

Download: Walking In The Sun – The Zombies (mp3)

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The sentimental musings of an ageing expat in words, music, and pictures. Mp3 files are up for a limited time so drink them while they're hot. Contact me: lee at londonlee dot com