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)

Something for the Weekend

This was originally a #3 UK hit in 1969 but did even better in 1988 when it topped the charts because of its use in an annoying Miller Lite commercial. Usually that can put you off a song forever and the fact that it didn’t (well, maybe for a little while) is a testament to how great the record is. It’s a bit sappy but those soaring harmonies get me every time.

Not sure why they were performing it on a TV chart show in 1975 though.

Picture Post

Won’t be doing doing much posting this week, I’m spending a few days lazing in a boat and having a smoke with Emma Peel*

Download: Sitting by the Riverside – The Kinks (mp3)

*Not really

Buried Treasure

You’ll know this song if you have Stevie Wonder’s 1980 album Hotter Than July where it first appeared. He actually wrote it way back in 1966 when it was originally recorded by Tammi Terrell but her version was never released.

Motown’s quality control was famously strict but one listen to this beauty and you’ll think they crossed the line between perfectionism and insanity if they deemed this to be not good enough.

What’s even crazier is it remained buried and unheard until 2002 when it was finally released on the amazing A Cellarful of Motown! collection which is chock full of similar unreleased gems and can’t be recommended enough.

Download: All I Do Is Think About You – Tammi Terrell (mp3)

The song was also recorded by Brenda Holloway (with what sounds like the same backing track) and that wasn’t released at the time either. Motown = Crazy bastards.

Something for the Weekend

This song is such a classic, gut-wrenching, heartbreaker. Wonderful to hear them do it live.

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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





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