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Friday On My Mind 96: Do It Again

Do It Again would have made a good title for this category.

The single represented something of a comeback for the Beach Boys and brought back memories of the early surfing songs.

As I recall Do It Again was one of the singles which featured in an unprecedented (and unrepeated) three-way tie at No 1 in the charts along with Herb Alpert’s This Guy’s in Love With You and a third one I’m not sure of but may have been the Bee Gees’ I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.

You may remember me mentioning that one of my school mates was a big Beach Boys fan. He really liked Do It Again’s b-side Wake the World – a very short song indeed – which I include here for your pleasure.

The Beach Boys: Do It Again

The Beach Boys: Wake the World

Friday On My Mind 95: Piece Of My Heart

One of the most covered songs from the 1960s brought to prominence by Janis Joplin‘s vocal on this track from Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Joplin is one of the members of the seemingly mythical 27 club, which the link states is a spurious artefact. A tendency for musicians to die when 27 is not borne out statistically. Still, print the legend, eh?

Some versions have the song’s title as (Take A Little) Piece Of My Heart others as Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart.

Big Brother and the Holding Company: (Take A Little) Piece Of My Heart

Friday On My Mind 94: Bringing on Back the Good Times

Just to point up the contrast with last week.

Love Affair: Bringing on Back the Good Times

Not Friday On My Mind 16: King Midas In Reverse

Pointing to a possible new direction for the group but not a big hit by Hollies standards, King Midas In Reverse only just crept into the top twenty. This prompted them to revert to more commercial material for subsequent singles (with the possible exception of Listen To Me, which also failed to reach the top ten) and so helping along Graham Nash’s decision to leave the group.

The Hollies: King Midas In Reverse

Friday On My Mind 93: We Can Help You

Two for the price of one this week.

Same tune different treatments. (Any excuse to play Nirvana.)

It’s not the most psychedelic of Nirvana’s tracks, though.

The Alan Bown!’s wiki entry is here. Robert Palmer was a member for a while.

The Alan Bown!: We Can Help You

Nirvana – We Can Help You

Friday On My Mind 92: and Reelin’ in the Years 75: Abraham, Martin and John

It’s an anniversary today. You might have heard some mention of it.

This song was written as a response to that and later similar events of a turbulent decade.

From a fifty year perspective the lyric now seems overly sentimentalised.

The first version of this was by Dion but the UK hit came in 1970 from Marvin Gaye.

Dion: Abraham, Martin and John

Marvin Gaye: Abraham, Martin and John

Friday On My Mind 91: Baby You’ve Gotta Stay

The intro and the verses sound like Nirvana. The real Nirvana.

Bit of a “pop”py chorus though.

Unfortunately the sound quality on this clip isn’t the best.

Angel Pavement: Baby You’ve Gotta Stay

Friday On My Mind 90: Epitaph

I’ve not had some prog rock for a while so here’s a track from King Crimson’s first album In the Court of the Crimson King.

There’s some great portentous guitar and nice heavy mellotron on this.

King Crimson: Epitaph (including “March for No Reason” and “Tomorrow and Tomorrow”)

Friday On My Mind 89: The Prisoner

The biggest cult TV show of the late 60s/early 70s may well have been The Prisoner. It was also probably the most enigmatic. What was that last episode about? And what was it with that ridiculous penny-farthing with the canopy?

It does say it all though about free will and freedom in the twentieth century. (And given the recent revelations about GCHQ and their US confréres it seems not much has changed.)

First broadcast in the UK in 1967/8, I never actually watched The Prisoner until the early 70s. I remember it was on at 11 pm on a Thursday night during my first year at University. Believe it or not I stayed up late to watch it. (I wasn’t a night bird in those days.)

All together now: “I am not a number. I am a free man.”

The Prisoner Opening and Closing Titles:

Friday On My Mind 88: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

I remember when The Man From U.N.C.L.E. first started it was broadcast in the UK on BBC 1 on a Thursday night at 8 pm. That meant it was a quick rush home from choir practice, which itself followed straight on from my piano lessons. Thursday nights were busy then.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. theme tune is very hard to recall. It always gets overwhelmed, at least in my head and also in those of other people of my acquaintance, by the one for Mission Impossible – a show which took over that Thursday night slot from The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The first episode’s opening with explanatory introduction:-

Later colour version, with altered arrangement:-

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