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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’

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Funky Friday – Apple Bonkers

Posted in Bootleg remixes, Funky Friday, mark vidler, perfect pop, soundhog, The Beatles on November 28, 2008 by planetmondo
31 Beatles tunes are buried in this illustration by Paul McDonald – how many can you spot?

Because a couple of the regular threads in my cyberspace scrapbook are The Beatles and Bootleg Remixes – it seems high time for the two to come together by digging out and polishing up a selection of the shiniest Beatle boots in my cellarful of noise for an FF post..

Including a fab four from Mark Vidler/Go Home Productions (the George Martin of mashups) where Annie Lennox, Jacko, The Monkees, and Blur all get bolted on to The Beatles, and Soundhog’s (the George Harrison of hybrid-pop) uptempo edit of Eleanor Rigby and Soulsearcher’s – ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’

So as the Hamburg audiences were given to shouting… “Mak Shau!,Mak Shau!”

And if you fancy grabbing a couple of mellow moptop mashups which blend The Beat’s with The Beach Boys, Mogwai and Kid Loco – just click your Cuban heels

GHP – All My Birds

GHP – Rich Girls And Boys


GHP – Daytrip To Never Never Land

Soundhog – Eleanor can’t get enough

Go Home Productions – Paperback Believer

The download for Paperback Believer is available right here

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 – What You Need You Have To Borrow

Posted in 70's, bowie, disco, Funky Friday, pop-lifting, Soul on November 14, 2008 by planetmondo
The King Of Cut And Paste Pop Culture

Popular opinion would have you believe ‘Young Americans’ was a calculated attempt by Bowie to attract the attention of, a so far, apathetic American audience by dropping the glam rags and reinventing himelf as a seventies soul boy. Realistically it was more of a revert to type. Ziggy only lasted 18 months, and snappily suited dance fan rather than outsider-outfits has been Bowie’s default career setting (Mod, Young Americans, The Thin White Duke, Lets Dance, Tin Machine…).

Dig a little deeper and you’ll also find he’d started dabbling with Disco a year earlier – alongside pet projects and helping hands for Lou Reed, Iggy and The Stooges, Mott The Hoople during 1973, Bowie had also found time to write and produce one full album ‘People From Good Homes‘ (recognise that line from a later song) for his backing vocalists The Astronettes which was dressed in a disco trim…

The Astronettes – I Am Divine


During the Young Americans sessions, Luthor Vandross (in pink above and blue below) had become an almost honorary member of the Astronettes – joining them at recording sessions, and for an appearance on the Dick Cavett show

Bowie remodeled one of Vandross’s tunes ‘Funky Music’ as ‘Fascination’ for inclusion on the Young Americans album (with Vandross getting a composer credit)..

Luther Vandross – Funky Music

During his Dick Cavett set, Bowie also covered The Flares ‘Footstompin’, which had been given a seventies style re-riffing by Carlos Alomar. A riff, which one month later became worked up into ‘Fame’ by Bowie and Lennon (with Alomar getting a composer credit for his contribution).

Bowie – Foot Stompin


The Flares – Foot Stompin

As well as having a magpie’s eye for bright ideas and what’s hot – Bowie also clonked out some cracking compositions of his own – an unreleased original being…

David Bowie – After Today

I will get the Bowie-handbrake on soon, it’s just that I’ve been ploughing through the Tony Visconti biog‘ this week, and have just hit the ‘Young Americans’ chapter you see.

However, if you fancy more Bowie business an excellent companion to his mid-seventies period is the excellent Golden Years website

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

Freaky Friday – Trilogy Of Terror

Posted in Funk, Funky Friday, garage rock, halloween, mini mix, northern soul, Soul, video, YOUTUBE on October 30, 2008 by planetmondo

Happy Halloween all you crypt kickers, freak-beaters and fangomaniacs. Hell comes to your house early this year with a three part posting for this week’s Freaky Funky Friday including …a seventy minute monster mix – Youtube treat – and a right ol’ Carry On (plus some chilling tunes on C-Mondo too)

Mondo Mania
This years collection of Halloween themed hits and howlers (in a good way) have been alchamixed into ‘Mondo Mania’. Some of the ingredients may not seem immediately obvious witch-way winners but….

‘Barabajagal’s mutterings and mantras about Hammer Horror herbalism, seems to suit the mood of the moment

And ‘Who Do You Love’s imagery of “tombstone hands, graveyard mines, “cobra snake neckties” and “chimney, a-made out of human skull” qualifies it for dead-cert selection..

Mondo Mania

After getting blog-busted last week, I was almost tempted to put the this list in the comments – but nevermind that cobblers, here’s the tracklisting..

The Playboys – Whatizit
Ruth Copeland – Gimme Shelter
The Preachers – Who Do You Love
The Strangeloves – In The Nighttime
Alder Ray – My Heart Is In Danger
Carl Douglas – Sell My Soul To The Devil
Tom Jones – Chills And Fever
Tony Jackson Group – Fortune Teller
Paul’s Disciples – See that My Grave Is Kept Clean
Zoot Money – The Mound Moves
Affinity – Three Sisters
Dusty Springfield – Spooky
Tony Joe White – Stud-Spider
Klaus Doldinger – Back In The Dark
Cream – Strange Brew
Donovan – Barabajagal
The Rattles – The Witch
Tom Jones – Witch Queen Of New Orleans
Georgie Fame – Seventh Son
The Coasters – Love Potion No9
The Exciters – Blowing Up My Mind
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – I’m Your Witchdoctor
The N’Betweens – Evil Witchman
Jimi Hendrix – Fire
The Sonics- Psycho

And why not revisit last year’s mini-monster-mixes
Tunes From The Crypt and Frighty Night Is Music Night

Or Bitter Andrew’s Halloween countdown, Devil Dick’s spooky tunes or a trip to The Dude’s Ghost Town

Video Nicey
Live from the Prancing Pony-A-Go-Go it’s Georgie Fame as Gandalf the groovy and his bopping hobbits, rocking ’em dead in the Shire

Seventh Son

Frying Tonight
Why not pop on over to the Whippit Inn for a Carry On Screaming grab bag of goodies. There’s everything from Lobby Cards to Locations.

Grotbags A-Go-Go

Posted in 70's, before they were famous, charity shop classics, cream cheese, Funky Friday, northern soul, pop quiz on October 25, 2008 by planetmondo

So, the musical mysteron was …..Carol Lee Scott

Better know as ‘Grotbags’ from the Rod Hull and Emu show.

Carol was something of a cabaret legend before crossing over to TV, working with stars like Max Wall, Arthur Askey, Morecambe & Wise, Ella Fitzgerald and Tommy Cooper – there’s an cabtastic interview with her here – on the Licorice Soul website. I first picked up on this tune via the mighty Licorice Soul Working Mans Soul album, a cracking comp’ of classic cabaret turns.

The final rundown looks like this…

1) Kiki Dee – The Day Will Come Between Sunday And Monday

2) Brotherhood Of Man – Reach Out Your Hand

3) Carol Lee Scott – That Little Bit Of Love

As young Mr Grace used to say “You’ve all done very well” so here is the Tronik shredit of N.F.Porter’s Keep On Keepin’ On

Orig’ version