I had a strange day yesterday. Went to the book launch of a friend of a friend, in Pontefract. The book is a novel, the premise of which is that D H Lawrence’s wife wrote the erotic bits of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”. It takes in Birmingham Council, the New Statesman’s lonely hearts column, Wolverhampton Wanderers and the ethics of car boot sales, amongst other things (sounds a bit Tom Sharpe-esque). I’m only on page 14 so far and I’m not quite sure what to expect. Anyway, here’s another unexpected selection of earworms – hope you like them, and please continue to send your worms to firstname.lastname@example.org (Halloween ones by Sunday 25 October). Many thanks to all.
Royal Crown Revue – Hot Rod – Ravi Raman: I picked a couple of this band’s albums just over a week ago and have been listening to them almost everyday. I love the thrumming bass line in this instrumental, a drummer who knows when not to use the high-hat or snares and above all the two saxophones and a trumpet. I’ve also added one more song and asked Ali to box that as well – called Barflies at the Beach, which includes these memorable lines: Now the moral of this story/ There’s more to life than jazz and bars … really? Another admirer fondly calls this “Gangster Jazz”. Hope you all enjoy these.
Royal Crown Revue – Barflies at the Beach – Ravi Raman: (It seemed churlish to leave it out. (Ed.))
The Guess Who – American Woman – AliM: This popped up on shuffle the other day, I didn’t even know I had it. The Guess Who were a Canadian band, this was recorded in 1969 (although it sounds fresher to me). I love the guitar.
Iris DeMent – From an Airplane – tincanman: Austere, but passionate. From the singer and pianist’s latest, The Trackless Woods, on which she set to music a collection of translated poems by Anna Akhmatova (Russian 1889-1966).
Alt J – Hunger of the Pine – Fuel: Alt J, also known as ∆ (from the Apple keyboard shortcut) are an indie band from Leeds. Apparently this song samples the words “I’m a female rebel” from Miley Cyrus‘s 2013 song “4×4“, but don’t let that put you off. (Ed.)
The Flamingos – I only have eyes for you – goneforeign: This song was recorded by the Flamingos in 1959, becoming one of their most popular hits; it was included in the film American Graffiti. There were many original versions which were also very popular on radio during the ’40’s & ’50’s.
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