Though this has the original studio recording dubbed over it it’s still a joy to watch. The audience don’t seem too excited though.
The furthest abroad my mother ever got was to the Channel Islands on a family holiday in the 1960s, and later in life it was impossible to get her to step outside of West London, let alone England. But she had so many groovy sun n’ samba records like this I like to think that when she listened to them she dreamed of exotic locations, sandy beaches, the warm sun, and tanned hunks handing her chilled cocktails. But then it was back to the two kids and the council flat.
I’m not so contrarian that I’m going to claim this is better than The Beatles’ original, but this is the first version I knew so it always sounds to me like it’s the Fab Four who are doing the cover.
Download: The Fool On The Hill – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 (mp3)
Not being a scooter boy I have no opinion in the Lambretta vs. Vespa debate, but if it’s good enough for Jean Shrimpton…
Sorry this record isn’t quite up to the class and sophistication of the above photo.
Download: Funky Moped – Jasper Carrott (mp3)
You don’t need to see the Eiffel Tower in the background to know that this is French.
Hopefully you can have some fun with this one. The best caption will win the prize of being the wittiest person on the internet. At least for a day.
Download: Something (Demo, Take One) – The Beatles (mp3)
I have an emotional attachment to this record going back to my childhood that I wrote about in the early days of this blog and I still get a bit choked up when those kids start singing “Grocer Jack, Grocer Jack, is it true what mummy says, you won’t come back? Actually seeing them do it in this video is even worse — that little boy in the blazer!
I was playing it in the car the other day when from behind me my daughter started singing along “Grocer Jack, Grocer Jack…”. I swear I was overcome with such a wave of sentiment and happiness I thought I was going to cry for a minute.
This song was very popular in my Primary School playground where it mutated into a chant you’d sing to taunt some kid you suspected of fancying another girl at school. You see, back then being attracted to someone of the opposite sex was something to be embarrassed about. What young fools we were.