Tuesday, 31 March 2009

In my Life-Keith Moon

...and here we find Ringo's old pal Keith Moon with a suprisingly touching version of The Beatles 'In My Life' from his solo album...'Two Sides of the Moon'...shame Mr Moon isn't around now to entertain both us and himself. I'm sure he would have enjoyed the 21st Century and getting old as much as he enjoyed his youth...

oh...and below is the aforementioned 'other side of the moon'...

Monday, 30 March 2009

Fiddle About+Tommy's Holiday Camp-Ringo Starr

Here's Ringo Starr with his take on both 'Fiddle About' and 'Tommy's Holiday Camp' from The Who's 'Tommy' album/film. Not sure quite why or how this came about but I'm glad it did and I'm sure you'll agree that Ringo brings a very sinister air to 'Fiddle'...his 'Camp's' prettty good too...i'm quite a fan of ringo's film appearances also...

King Kong-The Jimmy Castor Bunch

Ok then, one more monkey post to start the week..and it's the biggest, baddest monkey of them all...'King Kong' by The Jimmy Castor Bunch!

Friday, 27 March 2009

Brother Gorilla-Jake Thackray

I think i'll end my little run of monkey tunes with this version of 'Brother Gorilla' from the late, great Jake Thackray.
For those of you unfamiliar with his work, please check out the links below. Highly recommended.

The World of Gorilla's and Monkey's-Brian Woolen

I've no idea where this track actually came from. I have been told it was from the Planet of the Apes TV show that ran in the seventies (animation version?), but it sounds like a wacked out fan to me and well, I can't find a better quality version than this...but don't let that put you off, because this is pretty epic.
Some great lines in there...'all human being will be flunkies...in a world of gorillas and monkeys',
''one of these days, we're going to blow ourselves up'....
If Tim Burton had used this as the theme in the remake it could have been half decent...maybe... got to love the Planet of the Apes films though...



Thursday, 26 March 2009

Little Red Monkey-Joy Richardson, Jimmy Edwards & Dick Bentley

More monkey business with Rosemary Clooneys 'Little Red Monkey'...I think this version is sung by Joy Richardson, Jimmy Edwards & Dick Bentley, but i could be wrong...?
Anyhow, it has a great sleeve and a nice happy sound!

Monkey Island-13th Floor Elevators

13th Floor Elevators keep the monkey theme going and in the process tell us how it really is...great stuff!

The Monkey Song-Robyn and Crystal Bernard

I guess my monkey postings have been inspired by the recent Darwin bicentennial and attendant celebrations...from most quarters.
Here's a charming ditti from the other side,so to speak...'the Monkey Song' by Robyn and Crystal Bernard. I've also included their take on the Ecuminical movement to help you grasp just where they're coming from.

Go Go Gorilla-The Shondells

Going to be putting up a few 'monkey' related tracks over the coming days, so to get in the swing (see what I did there?) here's 'Go Go Gorilla' by the Shondells (what no Tommy James?)...and no, I don't really want all the Gorilla's to 'go'...I want them to 'GO!'...


Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Who Put The Bomp-Barry Mann

The Mann/Weil songwriting partnership is one of the most well known and respected in the history of pop, so here's an early cut from Barry Mann asking 'who put the bomp in the bomp bomp bomp bomp..bomp...bomp', and perhaps more importantly the 'ram-in the ram-a-lam-a-ding-dong'...from the very bottom of his boogiedy boogiedy shoe...got to love the spoken word ending!

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Property Of...-Property Of...

I like to think that punk carried on a lot of the British music hall traditions, and was, for a short while a great leveller in the scheme of things, the repercussions of which are still being felt...well almost...

This track comes from an LP called 'A Manchester Collection' and features bands from 'the Manchester Collective', seemingly camped outside the 'Band On The Wall' pub on the cover.

'Property Of...', sums up a lot about that period and the early/mid eighties for me.

I'm Shy Mary Ellen I'm Shy-Alf and Alf

Great album of British music hall songs from these two old 'pro's'...the sound quality is not the greatest, particularly at the start, but you get the drift...great accent, delivery and lyrics!

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Endless Pathway-Wendy And Bonny

...and assuming that I did in fact make it past the pearly gates to hear No1, then I wouldn't mind hearing this once I'd settled in a bit, from the album 'Genesis', Endless Pathway by fellow West Coast artistes, Wendy And Bonny.

No1 Song In Heaven-Sparks

Well, if there is a heaven...and if this is the No 1 Song up there, then I for one will be very happy...assuming I'm allowed in that is...

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Out Of Sight-Neon Pearl

Sublime British Psych from the little known Neon Pearl.
Although almost 7 minutes long the track never outgrows it's welcome and managers to sound reasonably modern, perhaps, in part, due to the drifting harmonium/guitar/vocal melodies....
Neon Pearl managed to produce a quite unique sound for a track recorded in 1967, in the midst of all that swings...

Friday, 20 March 2009

Are You Ready For-Phyllis Diller

Mentioned earlier on the Mad Monster post...here is a snippit of the 'Are You Ready For Phyllis Diller' album...satisfaction guaranteed... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phyllis_Diller

Mickey Mouse-Sparks

'If a mouse can be special, well so can you'- Sparks...again...of course...

When Do I Get To Sing My Way-Sparks

Sparks have made some great and varied videos over the years and this is one of my favourites, directed by Sophie Muller, http://www.oilfactory.com/

Mad Monster Party-Ethel Ennis

Mad Monster Party by Ethel Ennis from the superb Rankin/Bass animated film of the same name, see trailer above(sick-a-dilic?).The soundtrack to the film is mostly instrumental but here we get a great Bond-type track that sets the scene perfectly!

The film also features the inimitable Phyllis Diller...whether or not we'll ever 'be ready for that', well, only time will tell!

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Underdog-Giorgio Moroder

Keeping on the 'Sparks theme week' with this album track from Giorgio Moroder's second LP 'Son of my Father', released in 1972.
It's interesting to hear the similarities between this and the Sparks sound (at least to these ears!?) considering their later highly succesful collaboration and Moroder's massive influence on dance/electronic music generally...I guess they were aware of each other..maybe not???

I think the album stands up well today and i certainly give it repeated listening...alongside his more famous works.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Sparks Week! Something For The Girl With Everything...erm well, almost...

To celebrate the return of The Sparks to London this weekend http://www.allsparks.com/ I'll be posting various(tenuous?) Sparks related tracks now and again, which brings us to this...ahem, beauty...

Back in late 1960's and throughout the 1970's various record labels thought it a good idea to put all the top hits of the year together onto one album and call it something simple like 'Big Hits' or something...coupled with an image of a rather fetching lady on the sleeve this seemed to be a winning idea.
However, there was a tragic downside to this concept.
All the tracks were actually re-recorded for these albums by session groups and not the original artist's themselves, which led to some 'interesting' interpretations, to say the least.

I am a fan of these compilations in general and though you often end up wading through lots of guff, you do get the odd track that is so...different, so 'bad' as to be valid in it's own right...unfortunately, this track isn't one of those...

What it does do is It go some way to show just how great a band Sparks are and what a great track this really is, so get your cash out and buy The Sparks back catalogue. (you'll need lots of cash BTW, but you know, probably less than a for a car or something, and it will do you a lot more good in the long run)

P.s-There must be a version of 'This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us' out there on one of these albums...so if anyone's got that...I would love to hear it...

Strychnine-The Sonics

OK...back to the moral ambiguity phase and a fairly straightforward blast with this stone cold classic...all together now...'some folks like water...some folks like wine...but i like the taste...of straight strychnine...'

No Drugs No Way-The Great Body Shop

Many of the great rock and pop songs over the years have been inspired or are about drugs of one kind or another...feeling bad, neglected or ill and wanting to get 'better' or 'high'.

As a counter to that here is The Great Body Shop's 'No Drugs No Way'.

Keep it real...You know it makes sense!

Friday, 13 March 2009

Peace and Love (A Blind Man's Penis)-John Truby

Posting the Wendell LSD track led me back to this true classic...perhaps one of the greatest pop songs ever?
For the full story click here.

LSD-Wendell Austin and the Country Swings

An excellent example of anti? drug country music.
'Better than booze and easy to use...but it made me mentally sick',
'I took some knives and killed my wives'
...are just a couple of the great lyrics found within.
Despite Wendell's sad and sorry tale of love, loss and LSD, he doesn't sound too down, quite jolly in fact...but then maybe thats just the drugs eh kids?

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

He Makes Me So Mad-Hollywood Jills

I know next to nothing about this track, other than how much I love it and that it can be found on the Rhino box set

'One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost And Found'

Great vocals, lyrics, delivery and sound make for one of the best pop songs of it's genre...enjoy!

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Moogies Bloogies-Delia Derbyshire and Anthony Newley

Being a fan of both Anthony Newley and Delia Derbyshire, imagine my delight on hearing this little gem, 'Moogies Bloogies' from 1966. It's a shame they couldn't produce more tracks together but we'll be hearing more from both these artists on this blog in the future, that's for sure!

Monday, 9 March 2009

A Day in the Life-Okko Becker

Raising the bar above most 'Lounge-exploitation' album's is Okko Becker's 'Sitar and Electronics' album.
This cover of the famous Sgt Pepper closer nicely wanders from the original and off into moog/sitar land, great stuff...or maybe I'm just a sucker for that kind of sound?

Friday, 6 March 2009

Singing a Song in the Morning-Kevin Ayers

Thought I'd kick off with the track I named this blog after, Religious Experience (Singing a Song in the Morning) by Kevin Ayers.
Taken from the 'Joy Of A Toy' re-issue, this is the slightly longer, slightly rougher version which is said to feature Syd Barrett...
I think I thought I saw Kevin Ayers on a beach in Ibiza a while back...I was in the sea, frolicking...I guess it could all have been a dream?

Check out his new album-'The Unfairground' and buy the back catalogue is my advice!