Archive for the 60’s Category

Funky Friday – We Three Kings

Posted in 60's, Funky Friday, guitar, rockadoodledoo, Soul on December 5, 2008 by planetmondo

It’s just a touch too early to start dishing out the tinsel tunes (we’ll save that for next week), but as a winter warm-up, how about a visit from three six string Kings that put some fatback on the fretboard and bring us Cold, Funking-sense and much, much more*


Albert King – Cold Sweat


Freddie King – Funky

Freddie King – ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’


B.B King – Long Gone Baby

*Yes I’m aware this is a stretch so tenuous it’s almost transparent, but please – take it with a pinch of panto’

Funky Friday – Cocktail Shakers

Posted in 60's, Cover Versions, cream cheese, Funky Friday, tom jones on November 20, 2008 by planetmondo


As I may have mentioned before I’m a bugger for a cover version, and one area rich with glittering goodies and buried treasure is that period when traditional, torch or show style singers decided to get ‘with it‘ and shake a well-tailored trouser leg or cocktail dress to the way out sounds of the In Crowd.

The finest selections are typically found around the tail-end of the sixties/early seventies, when, for the first time, themes of social awareness, cultural tolerance and polite political pop started to appear in the rock songbook and provided a platform for Vegas style cabaret and cocktail acts to appear hip, happening and doing old school cool with a twist of contemporary conscience …

Mel Torme – ‘Games People Play’

Peggy Lee ‘Everyday People’

Brenda Lee – Walk A Mile In My Shoes

Tom Jones & Engelbert Humperdinck (and Billy Preston)’Games People Play’ – you have to wait one full minute for the tune to kick in, but it’s well worth it

Funky Friday – A Crash Course For The Ravers

Posted in 60's, before they were famous, books, bowie, Funky Friday, mod on November 7, 2008 by planetmondo
“Your flashy clothes are your pride and joy ” David Bowie – The London Boys

Bowie, Bolan, Bryan Ferry, Eno (and Rod Stewart) all made the breakthough from cult undergrounders to interstellar superstars as variants on the star-spangled glitterkid theme. They may have had stars in/on their eyes, but those platform boots were firmly grounded in Mod roots. The look sharp and look ahead apprenticeship of Mod, with it’s made to measure mix of American soul and Italian style, Ivy League look meets British dandyism – and an eye for the detail and an ear for a tune, was probably why Bowie (and the other moonage mods mentioned) endured beyond the best-before date and lipstick-brickie chic of their patent leather peers.

The sixties scene was an era Bowie referenced from his earliest recordings (London Boys) and one of the motifs and influences that’s remained a constant throughout his peacock career – mentions of Lennon, Beatles and Stones on various singles. Twiggy and Jagger getting name checked on Aladdin Sane (along with a Stones cover), Pin Up’s set of swinging London standards and Young Americans (covering classics like ‘Knock On Wood’ and ‘Footstomping’ during live shows), and pitching in with ‘Pictures of Lily’ on The Who tribute album through to the slim-fit suit on ‘Reality’ being almost a homecoming to the Lord John look pictured above…

David Bowie and The Lower ThirdCan’t Help Thinking About Me

(There’s a clip of Bowie on his mod days, Steve Marriot and a 1999 version of ‘CHTAM’here)

David BowieIn The Heat Of The Morning – (BBC version)

(The Last Shadow Puppets made a healthy go of ‘INTHOTM’)


Davie Jones and the King Bees
Louie Louie Go Home

(LLGH was the B-side of Bowie’s first single “Liza Jane”)

Ziggy Stardust – The Mod Who Fell To Earth

A note on the tunes….and a Bowie Bonus

Can’t Help Thinking About Me (1965)

The first recording to feature the newly named David ‘Bowie’, and almost a blueprint of Bowieness the outsider lyrics and ambiguous angst of “my head’s bowed in shame” “blackened the family name” to the set piece template of semi-spoken verse and Bowie-bellow on the chorus, it’s a tune that wouldn’t seem out of place on any album since Scary Monsters.

In The Heat Of The Morning (1970)
For my earth pounds the BBC take of this tune is superior to the official album version, and benefits from being enhanced by the extra bounce of Alan Hawkshaw’s fantastically funky keyboard coda.

The Beatstalkers (touted as the Scottish Beatles), were under Ken Pitt’s management at the same time as Bowie (and also signed to Decca). They were offered first refusal on any unused Bowie compositions or offcuts, ‘Silver Tree Top School For Boys’ is one of these, and Bowie penned ‘Penny Lane-alike‘ from 1967.

The Beatstalkers (1967)- Silver Tree Top School For Boys

I am on something of a Bowie buzz lately (two Bo’ posts in two weeks) brought on by reading the Fantistico Dave Thompson book To Major Tom – a gem and a joy of a read if you’re into any type of music or movement from Bowie’s catchment era

Funky Friday – Who The Funk Are You?

Posted in 60's, 70's, before they were famous, Funk, Funky Friday, northern soul, pop quiz, Soul on October 24, 2008 by planetmondo
It’s Pop-O-Matic!

Well Pop pickers – it’s something a bit diff’ for this week’s Funky Friday..

Can you work out who’s who on this tricky trio of mystery tunes? Can You do it? Of course you can. The prize of an exclusive ‘Tronik Youth’ shredit of a Northern Soul Classic will go to first past the post(ish)

I ran these three nugg’s past Marmite when I bumped into him on the Fenchurch Flyer earlier this week – he managed a healthy crack at it and was certainly in the right territory for all tracks…so I reckon it’s doable, but will give one clue for starters.

All artists are British

Mystery Track 1

Mystery Track 2

Mystery Track 3

Now, you could go a’Googling for clues – but do you really want to live with the head-a’hanging shame of knowing you’ve had a dodgy ace up your internetty.

Eager Beaver

Posted in 60's, 90s, Cover Versions, garage rock, perfect pop, pop-lifting, Remake Remodel on October 22, 2008 by planetmondo

The Call Of The Beaver Patrol
by V. T. Sherman – is available to buy from Amazon…

I knew that this Soup Dragons tune was a rework of this Stones obscurity, and the bass line on this nineties floor-filler was lifted from this sixties soundtrack.

But until a couple of weeks ago, and thanks to the ‘Play Any Track‘ option on my trusty Creative Zen Xtra, I never knew that ….

PWEI – Beaver Patrol

Was a cover of this….

Wilde Knights – ‘Beaver Patrol*

*mis-spelt as ‘Beaver Control’ by the ripping software. My favourite example of rock typo’s in my MP3 collection is The Sweet’s ‘Burn On The Flame’ re-titled by the Russian download service ALLOFMP3 to ‘BUM On The Flame‘ – ouch!!

Funky Friday – The Ayatolla of Holler*

Posted in 60's, 70's, Cover Versions, Funk, Funky Friday, Remake Remodel, Soul, tom jones on October 17, 2008 by planetmondo

* see also Lord Of The Lungbusters, The Prince Of Wails, The Sultan of Boomei

I remember seeing someone (can’t remember who) that had once duetted with Tom saying how they’d been blown away by the pure blockbusting bellow of his voice and although it projects well on TV ( and it does), not in any way can it capture the raw ear-quaking experience of having ‘the Jones’ belting out his full pelt decibel yell just a few feet away. Which is possibly why in duets like these with CSNY and with EMF – Tom seems to be sharing a stage with giddy gurners and grinners as he lets rip.

So, ladies and gentleman ‘This Is Tom Jones….’

Treat Her Right – with some spectacular frugging and a’flailing

And some early seventies shakedowns including the tricky to track down ‘Sugar Sugar’

‘Venus’

‘Sugar Sugar’

Proud Mary

There’s two more Tom Team Ups here with Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin if your ears can take it.

Who Are The Mystery Girls ?

Posted in 60's, Funky Friday, james jamerson, motown, northern soul, re, Soul on October 10, 2008 by planetmondo

I only know a limited amount about each of these performers, and I think I’ll keep it that way. It’s actually quite liberating enjoying these songs for the songs sake – and not having the added baggage of facts and figures or being weighed down with the relative worth worked out on some ready reckoner of rock, pop and soul, which would burst the mystery bubble and take the gloss of the goodies anyway.

And for more funky nuggets why not check out what’s a popping on all new That Black Magic blog


Judy Clay

‘Private Number’ the duet with recorded William Bell, was her only UK hit.
Judy Clay – ‘It Ain’t Long Enough’

Chris Clark
Was the first white female artist signed to Motown.
Chris Clark – ‘Everything’s Right Everything’Wrong’
(It’s that man again- James Jamerson on bass)

Dee Dee Warwick
Is Dionne’s elder sister.
Dee Dee Warwick –Rescue Me

Dee Dee also does a belting version of ‘Monday Monday’ – I’m desperate to get any version of this – so I’d be eternally grateful if anyone could slip a ‘Monday Monday’ MP3 my way.