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sunny symphony


Nissan selling its Sunny car in France back in 1991 by way of Bobby Hebb‘s classic song – first recorded by Miko Hierota for Toshiba in 1966. Full commercial via http://www.ina.fr/pub/automobile-et-transport/video/PUB3784157113/nissan-sunny-automobile-5-portes.fr.html … more Sunnyvia http://uzine.posterous.com/sunny-marva-0 … The version below is by Screen (1968), off the Beatmeisjesv/a cd compiled by Frank Dam & Marthy Coumans, issued for free with the Beatmeisjes (1963-1969)book by Frank Dam (ISBN 90-204-0563-2), published by LJ Veen in 2002. More recently, Dam has organised the Beatfilmfilm festival …

time of the season


Rod Argent wrote Time of the seasonfor the Zombies in 1967. Here’s an alternate mix, a 1968 Date USA promo jingle, some Kenny Everett zaniness broadcast 1968-04 on the BBC, and a live version from 1974. As for cover versions, see my next post

brother ray

Hats off to brother Ray Charles (1930-2004), y’all! I was – once again – blown away by Mr. Charles’ genius ànd life story on the occasion of seeing Ray Charles America(Alexis Spraic 2010). Still, I’m in two minds about Mr. Charles’ cover version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” … which was recorded for a tv commercial about a French bank, incidentally.

charlee dorsey


It’s … the very underrated and all too oft’ forgotten soul champ & charming regular guy Lee Dorsey (1924-1986)! As produced & accompanied by Allen Toussaint, mostly, on the occasion of the release of Charly‘s Soul Mine The Greatest Hits & More 1960-19782cd (SNAX628CD, 2011) which reprises the Am I That Easy To Forget?2lp (Charly R&B CDX21, 1987) on disc one, adding a new 29 track compilation on disc two. Indeed, Charly / Snapper have been revving up a classy New Orleans reissue programme this year with similar releases by the Meters and Allen Toussaint related productions, and there’s been equally cool budget Red Bird & Shangri-Las releases. Secretly, I’m hoping they’ll reissue those two Swamp Dogg lp’s too (CRB 1026 & 1045), with extras …

morton’s shangri-las

Hey, and do check this interview with Mary Weiss of the Shangri-Las! And my next post, on the Red Bird label ;-) The radio spots below are off the one and only Shangs record you’ll ever need: Myrmidons Of Melodrama (The Definitive Collection Includes All The Hits Plus Rare Tracks)on RPM (1994, cat. no. 136, revamped in 2002 as cat. no. 506). Though Charly has that Rememberbudget 2cd as well (SNAX625CD) …

when deborah evans-stickland walked on by

“TV” (1979) by the Flying Lizards in their most famous incarnation (David Cunningham & Deborah Evans-Stickland) … so very, very … And that horn solo! Oh Deborah! In a 2001-04 article for Sound Collector #6, Mark Allen wrote “Deborah later went on to release some ‘spoken / sung word vocal’ solo material on her own, sans-Lizards” but so far the two tracks below are the only ones I’ve found for sale. They date from 2003 and are off the v/a compilation cd Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1“. Yet apparently, Ms. Deborah Evans-Stickland (sometimes misspelt Strickland), who’s now working in the field of counselling and mental health and who does the odd voiceover job for commercials, has also recorded a blues album in 1999, with  Bill Smith and Daniel Smith. Has it ever been released? In any case, one can hear two excerpts here.

As for “TV” (see below for the 7″s B side, also to be found on the recent RPM reissue) … According to Mark Allen, the Flying Lizards were “a mischievous dis-information machine […] The information that spilled out of this machine… spelled out how to translate highbrow art through lowbrow pranks (via pop musik) and also the vice versa, for mere pennies on the dollar. These coded instructions (transferred subliminally through ’songs’) spelled out a pragmatically illogical way of thinking about the business of entertainment and commerce of pop product, and how to make all four do somersaults in unison. At one point, this Flying Lizards machine even translated instructions on how to make a mega-popular hit song in a single afternoon for a mere 20 dollars (!). The Flying Lizards crashed disco and punk value systems with true screwball style.” […] “”TV” was released as a single before the album even hit the stores and was the first single released by The Lizards that wasn’t a cover version. […] David [Cunningham] told Melody Maker in 1981: “‘TV’ was our own composition, but there’s something about cover versions. You can take them a bit further than the originals. It’s useful to focus in on the irritation factor when you’re doing a single. ‘TV’ is the only track that was written by us and is still irritating. I think singles are irritating by nature really though. They repeat so much […]. That’s my theory of pop singles which is why I selected the things I did to release.”” Hey and weren’t they a strong influence on Michel Gondry too?

we’ll be right back (after the break)

Almost twenty-five: this Steinski masterpiece from 1986 on 4th & B’way! Enjoy the ’10 2 ’11!
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