Something for the Weekend



The Bee Gees split up for a short time in the late 60s and this was their 1970 reunion single. The video is a moving re-enactment of their journey back together from their miserable, empty lives of big houses, fancy cars, and walking the dog down the King’s Road.

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When I’m in a dark or anxious mood I usually listen to soul music, particularly the warm and smooth Philly kind. This is really hitting the spot right now.

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Pity the picture quality of this is so crap because it’s glorious. Lightning in a bottle glorious.

Whole Lotta Pop


If Sunday was the worst time for television, the best was probably Thursday night because that was when Top of The Pops was on. At 7:20pm the nation’s youth gathered excitedly in front of the set to watch their pop heroes while their parents made snarky comments about them like “Is that a boy or girl?” It was the one show we all watched and talked about at school the next morning.

If you’re roughly the same age as me this record will bring those nights back like a Proustian biscuit because it was the TOTP theme music from 1970 to 1977 and probably still the one most associated with the show.

CCS (short for Collective Consciousness Society — heavy, man) were a group of session musicians led by Alexis Korner and produced by Mickie Most. I’m probably not the only one who knew their instrumental version of “Whole Lotta Love” for years before I ever heard the original.

It may anger the Rock Gods to say it, but I prefer this to the Led Zeppelin version. Having a flute instead of Robert Plant’s tight-trousered moaning helps it be less of a thrusting Cock Rock record. With that riff it can’t help but sound sexy, but with the brass and Hammond organ it sounds more go-go groovy and designed for Pan’s People to shake their hips to while wearing silver hot pants.

Download: Whole Lotta Love – CCS (mp3)

Something for the Weekend



I had a mate at school who was an absolute Slade fanatic and claimed to have seen Flame 13 times. He used to tell me what a great (and loud) live band they were and watching this I believe him.

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I love the Small Faces but I’d forgotten that they reformed for a few years in the 1970s. The quality of this video is pretty bad but it’s still well worth watching. Steve Marriott is in fine voice and is such a cool dude he even looks good with that hair and mustache.

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Not sure how I managed to have not seen this clip on YouTube until yesterday, but soon as I did I knew it was a no-brainer for today. Sublime performance of a sublime song.

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This clip makes me so very happy and glad to be alive. There are times when I think 70s soul is the pinnacle of all music.

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