Spring Bank Holiday is upon us in the UK – it’s like having two Sundays in a row. Hope you all find some time to listen to this week’s selection – a classic set, and none the worse for that. Thanks to all, and please keep those worms coming to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kokomo – Angel – CaroleBristol: Kokomo were a fairly short-lived band who were briefly pretty big on the London pub and club scene in the mid 1970s. I think they finally called it a day sometime after 1980. They were made up from ex-members of Arrival and The Grease Band, and featured Mel Collins (of King Crimson fame) on sax and flute. This cover of Aretha Franklin’s sublime “Angel” is from their first, eponymous album. The vocals are by Paddy McHugh, who does a superb job, I think. His voice soars where it needs to. He was an out-and-proud gay man back when that was a risky thing to be.
Labelle – You Turn Me On – abahachi: Every time I hear The Wrong Version of Lady Marmalade – because of course that’s the only one you’re likely to hear on commercial radio – it sends me straight back to my Labelle albums. THE great glam-soul group, setting the blueprint for groups like En Vogue and TLC – and I’m still not convinced that Destiny’s Child or Beyonce have ever actually been consistently better…
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Power In The Blood – tincanman: Buffy delivers Alabama 3’s anti-corporate message with disgust and menace. Seems like a good time for it after the ‘Panama Papers’ discovery.
Alabama 3- Let’s Go Out 2nite – DsD: As commonly happens with my ‘worms, this popped up on Shuffle on the DsD Walkman. Truth be told, I’d forgotten it was there, so the first time it played I was caught out. I hit Repeat; the second time it made me grin. Then DsSis’ orchestra practice finished and we got in the car. I played it again. Jess shuddered, then complained… vociferously. Hey, I got a rise out of my usually monosyllabic teenage offspring!! So I played it once more just to wind her up. But now it’s burrowed into my lug’oles, and I can’t get rid.
Eric Johnson – Righteous – Ravi Raman: A rocking worm from the album that got Johnson a Grammy for Cliffs of Dover and on top of the best guitar solo lists. This track won accolades on its own merits but has always been shaded by its companion pieces.
Janis Joplin – Me and Bobby McGee – goneforeign: I was playing a mixtape from the 60’s/70’s the other day and I came across this, it used to be my favorite Janice cut plus I loved the original by Kris Kristofferson. One thing I love about this song is how the band takes off for the ending. Kris said this about Janice’s version:
“The first time I heard Janis Joplin’s version was right after she died. Paul Rothchild, her producer, asked me to stop by his office and listen to this thing she had cut. Afterwards, I walked all over L.A., just in tears. I couldn’t listen to the song without really breaking up.“‘Bobby McGee’ was the song that made the difference for me. Every time I sing it, I still think of Janis.”
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