1970s, Lyrics, Music, Reelin' In The Years at 12:00 pm on 25 September 2015
From the sublime (Al Stewart, last two weeks) to the gorblimey.
I’d almost forgotten about this till the good lady said she’d heard it on the radio this week
The Wurzels were a band from Somerset – a traditional rural farming county – who dubbed their style Scrumpy and Western after the name for a type of cider and a USian music genre.
A parody of Melanie (Safka)’s
Brand New Key from 1971 with lyrics more appropriate to agriculture this, believe it or not, was actually a number one hit in the UK in 1976. For three weeks!
Bits of it are still funny, though. I especially like the spoken, “Just you wait till I get me ‘ands on your laaaaand,” towards the end.
The Wurzels: The Combine Harvester:
Another Wurzels parody, this time of
Una Paloma Blanca, got to number three in 1976. The Wurzels: I am a Cider Drinker
There are clips on You Tube of the Wurzels performing this on TV but on one of them they are introduced by a paedophile and the other is incomplete.
1970s, Music, Reelin' In The Years at 12:00 pm on 18 September 2015
Another example of Al Stewart’s lyrical eclecticism.
This one is about the
Great Patriotic War. Al Stewart : Roads To Moscow
1970s, Lyrics, Music, Reelin' In The Years at 12:00 pm on 11 September 2015
Not the only “pop” song to be about the Spanish Civil War but the subject certainly marks it out as lyrically unusual. But then Al Stewart’s lyrics tended to the eclectic.
This is a live version.
Al Stewart: On the Border
1970s, Linguistic Annoyances, Reelin' In The Years at 8:57 pm on 4 September 2015
More Steely Dan.
Pity about the poor grammar in the title.
Steely Dan: Daddy Don’t Live In That New York City No More
1970s, Reelin' In The Years at 12:00 pm on 28 August 2015
Steely Dan’s second UK hit – but it only achieved the heights of no. 58. Though their singles got a lot of airplay I suppose they were more of an albums band this side of the pond.
Steely Dan: Rikki Don’t Lose That Number
1970s, Music, Reelin' In The Years, The Sweet at 5:09 pm on 21 August 2015
I’ve not done one of these for a while.
The Sweet: Teenage Rampage
1970s, Music, Reelin' In The Years, Television at 12:00 pm on 7 August 2015
Taggart’s wasn’t the first TV theme tune Maggie Bell had taken on. From the previous decade here’s her version of the Hazell theme. Maggie Bell: Hazell
1970s, Music, Prog Rock at 7:44 pm on 2 July 2015
I wasn’t much into Yes – not at all in fact – but Chris Squire, their bassist
who died recently, seems to have been their main driving force; and they were famous purveyors of Prog Rock.
Christopher Russell Edward “Chris” Squire: 4/3/1948 – 27/6/2015. So it goes.
1970s, Music at 12:00 pm on 19 June 2015
For some reason
last week’s featured song always merges into my head into this one by Elton John (from his Honky Chateau LP.)
The mandolin on this is great.
Elton John: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
1970s, Music, Reelin' In The Years at 12:00 pm on 7 May 2015
I was sad to hear the news yesterday of the
death of Errol Brown.
His band, Hot Chocolate, first came to my attention with this song in 1970.
Love is Life: Hot Chocolate
They were notable for being one of only three acts to have at least one (UK) hit in every year of the 1970s with Brown writing (or co-writing) most of them. In fact that run of chart success continued till 1984.
Perhaps their bravest release was
Brother Louie, with a spoken word part which was voiced by British blues legend Alexis Korner.
Brother Louie: Hot Chocolate
Lester Errol Brown: 12/11/1943 – 6/5/2015. So it goes.