Wish I Wasn’t Here


I’m back from my hols. Tanned and rested and cheesed off that I’m not still there.

Easing back into things with a sweet skanking number from 1967.

Download: On The Beach – The Paragons (mp3)

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)

Christmas Cheers


Right, that’s me done for the year. I’m taking the last bus out of Blogtown and heading home for the holidays. Hope you and yours have a good one and I’ll leave you with this funky gem from the classic Ze compilation A Christmas Record.

See you in the new year.

Download: Christmas On Riverside Drive – August Darnell (mp3)

Christmas Commercial Break



This is useful if you need some Xmas present ideas. Think I’ll ask Santa for a Bontempi organ this year.

Cyber Monday Madness


I hate it when Christmas becomes too commercialized. Except when I do it.

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Download: I’d Like You For Christmas – Julie London (mp3)

Something for the Long Weekend



It’s Thanksgiving here so you’re getting this early. Hope it puts you in the holiday spirit.

Something for the Weekend



It’s the 4th of July here tomorrow — actually, it’s that date everywhere but it’s also Independence Day in America. Sadly we won’t be getting an England-USA game this weekend for a chance for us to rewrite history and teach those colonials a lesson. As I’m sure you know, England broke our hearts again, going out of a World Cup in a way that was even more gutting than a penalty shoot-out. Now we have to play the bloody Germans again. That never goes well either.

I Heart New York


I just got back from a long weekend in New York City with the family. It was the first time the kids have been so we did a lot of touristy stuff I hadn’t done in years — Empire State Building, Central Park, Staten Island Ferry — which reminded me what a wonderful, exhilarating city it can be.

I haven’t counted them or anything but I’m pretty sure more songs have been written about The Big Apple than any other city in the world. A lot of them are great too, but if I had to pick one it would be this beauty from 1977.

Download: Native New Yorker (12″ version) – Odyssey (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

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