Posted in 1960s, 1970s, Friday On My Mind, Lyrics, Music, Reelin' In The Years at 12:00 pm on 22 November 2013
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
Posted in 1960s, Friday On My Mind, Music at 12:00 pm on 1 November 2013
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
Posted in 1960s, Friday On My Mind, Music, Prog Rock at 2:00 pm on 18 October 2013
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”)
Posted in 1960s, Friday On My Mind, Music at 2:00 pm on 11 October 2013
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:
Posted in 1960s, Friday On My Mind, Music, Nostalgia at 12:00 pm on 27 September 2013
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:-
Posted in 1960s, Friday On My Mind, Music, Nostalgia at 3:00 pm on 13 September 2013
Captain Pugwash was a cartoon precursor to Sir Prancelot (see last week) and featured a similarly bumbling lead character in the shape of the eponymous captain of the ship The Black Pig.
Strictly speaking this isn’t a sixties piece since Captain Pugwash first appeared on television in the 1950s. However my folks didn’t get themselves a television till 1960 so as far as I’m concerned it belongs firmly in the 60s.
There is an urban myth that the cartoon series was a repository of filth/sexual innuendo. This is NOT TRUE.
The cabin boy was called Tom not Roger, there was no seaman Staines and it was Master Mate with an M not a B. The Sunday Correspondent and The Guardian both had to pay libel damages for printing this misconception.
The jaunty signature tune is apparently called The Trumpet Hornpipe.
Captain Pugwash (The Trumpet Hornpipe)
Posted in 1960s, BBC, Friday On My Mind, Music, Nostalgia at 12:00 pm on 30 August 2013
I’m changing the arbitrary rules on this category again with this one.
The Flashing Blade was a French TV serial (Le Chevalier Tempête) set in the 1630s during the War of the Mantuan Succession which the BBC broadcast in children’s slots in the late 60s, repeating it several times ending in the 70s.
It was dubbed into English – somewhat atrociously, which added to its charm.
The thing is, though, it was curiously watchable and benefited from a catchy theme tune which had driving guitars and drums similar to Joe Meek productions of the early 60s.
I can’t remember much more about it but this website claims the final episode was never dubbed into English.
According to Wikipedia the theme song was called Fight and was released as a single by “The Musketeers” in 1969.
The Flashing Blade theme tune
Posted in 1960s, Lyrics, Music, Trips at 12:00 pm on 9 August 2013
When we were in Cockermouth earlier this year we were in an antique/junk shop where a radio was playing.
I was wandering round looking at items for sale vaguely listening, though the sound was quite muffled. On came the song below. I knew the correct words but for some reason when it came to the, “I’ll be home,” line I heard the next one as, “I’ll be your xylophone, waiting for you.”
It does make a weird kind of sense, though; as most misheard lyrics do.
The Foundations: Build Me Up Buttercup
The sound on this is from the record but the video was taken at a live gig, so goes on beyond the song.
Posted in 1960s, BBC, Friday On My Mind, Music, Radio 2 at 2:00 pm on 26 July 2013
Another Graham Gouldman composition; but this one was most definitely a hit – for the almost anodyne Herman’s Hermits. In the US, where the Hermits had huge success, it was only released as a B-side but in the UK it reached no. 7 in 1966.
No Milk Today is lyrically very curious as a pop song, what with its emphasis on the down side of life. It has a very British feel to it, though, with its evocation of the daily morning delivery and terraced housing, “just two up, two down.” Nowadays the line, “the company was gay,” is likely to be read differently from back then!
For some reason I really like the bells in the “but all that’s left” sections of this.
Herman’s Hermits: No Milk Today
It seems the Hermits also recorded a version of Tallyman (see last week’s post) but it was never released, being thought not commercial enough by the group’s producer Mickie Most. This is a version they recorded in a BBC session. It’s introduced by the voice of Radio 2′s Sounds of the Sixties, Brian Matthew.
Herman’s Hermits: Tallyman
Posted in 1960s, Friday On My Mind, Music at 2:00 pm on 19 July 2013
I mentioned when I began this category that The Jeff Beck Group’s Hi-Ho Silver Lining had been the runner-up in the competition which started off these musings.
Tallyman was The Jeff Beck Group’s follow-up single and as far as I recall failed to trouble the charts in any way and as a result is much less known these days than its predecessor. Tallyman has the distinction of being written by Graham Gouldman who composed 60s hits for among others The Yardbirds and The Hollies. Gouldman is now more famous for being a member of 10cc.
The Jeff Beck Group: Tallyman