“You can’t be a real spy and have everybody in the world know who you are and what your drink is. That’s just hysterically funny.” (Roger Moore). Lots of references to Bond this week, in your choice of songs about Spies. And I can’t help feeling that Roger Moore had a point.
If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3, .m4a or a link to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be Home, as suggested by glassarfemptee, and contributions should reach me by close of play on Sunday 23 February.
Many thanks to all contributors.
Luther Ingram & The G-Men – I Spy (For The FBI) – tincanman: Luther was Memphis, writing and recording for Stax [Respect Yourself; (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right]. Ike Turner started out in his band. His songs have sold in the millions. Yet most will remember I Spy from the gussied-up northern soul cover by Jamo Thomas, whose other claim to fame is the novelty song Bahama Mama. Sigh.
Alex Harvey – Agent 00Soul – Alfiehisself: At that time Bond did have a strong Scots accent, just can’t image Alex with a martini.
Radiohead – Spectre – AliM: Apparently written for the 2015 Bond film of the same name, but not selected. Shame.
David Bowie – Helden (Heroes) – Alfiehisself: All spy fillums have an exchange on a bridge in Berlin. A couple kissing by the wall is close. And the dolphins are likely trained to attach mines to enemy shipping. Enjoyed Jo-Jo Rabbit, but no spoilers as to the choice of tune.
Rory Gallagher – Philby – Ravi Raman and Maggie B: Ravi: From his gem of an album Top Priority, using an electric sitar no less. (Name somebody Kim and they more or less are bound to become a spy). Maggie: The late – and sorely missed – Rory Gallagher on the subject of the notorious Burgess, Philby and McLean spy scandal.
Barry Adamson – 007, A Fantasy Bond Theme [Monty Norman] – shoegazer: Bond is black.
Billie Eilish – No Time to Die – AliM: Billie wrote this song with her brother, Finneas, and at 18 is the youngest artist in history to write and record a James Bond theme song. Down with the kids, me.
Iggy Pop – James Bond – Ravi Raman: Title track of his last year’s album though why she wants to become a Bond only Mr Pop knows.
Coldplay – Spies – glassarfemptee: I know Coldplay are persona non grata in these parts, but I thought Parachutes was a cracking album, and here’s their take on spies, inspired by their love of Bond movies …
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Monitor – severin: Cameras placed outside buildings, ostensibly for preventing crime, become a source of prurient entertainment for those inside. Or “Reality TV” as we now call it.
Maurice John Vaughn – I Want to Be Your Spy – tincanman: Maurice John is one of the many competent Chicago bluesmen who mostly hit the mark but rarely scored. This seems more funky New Orleans dirty blues than Chicago.
Melissa Etheridge – Watching You – severin: “Why am I standing out here alone. I guess I don’t know enough to come in from the rain. I was watching your window from here below. I think I might just stay here all day.” Not healthy tbh.
The Decemberists – The Bagman’s Gambit – glassarfemptee: The Decemberists love to sing story telling songs, and here’s a tale of spying in Washington DC. Very Bond …