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Something Changed 34: Sorted for E’s and Wizz/Mis-Shapes

A two-for-one offer today as these songs were released as a double A-side to become Pulp’s second number two hit in a row (after Common People.)

This first song caused a rumpus, with press comment claiming it was pro-drugs, which lead singer Jarvis Cocker said was a misinterpretation. I must say I agree with him. Even on first hearing the song the claim seemed to me to be ludicrous.

Pulp: Sorted for E’s and Wizz

Mis-Shapes wasn’t so controversial. There’s a James Bond film chord sequence in the refrain though.

Pulp: Mis-Shapes

Reelin’ In the Years 76: Jolene

The original of this is well-known, a 1973 song by Dolly Parton.
On Jarvis Cocker’s BBC Radio 6 Music show on Sunday (I listened to it later on iPlayer) he broadcast the slowed down version, supposedly played at 33 rpm instead of 45.*

First the original speed.

Dolly Parton: Jolene

The “33” rpm sound is astonishingly effective, turning what had been a reedy, needy song of desperation into something sombre and dignified.

Dolly Parton: Jolene at 33

*Wiki says it’s slowed by 25%. 33 is 26.6% of 45 so it’s close enough.

Friday On My Mind 64: Hey Joe

This song has been recorded many times over. The most famous of these is probably the one that gave Jimi Hendrix his first hit but I also know it from Love‘s eponymous first LP. [See also Friday On My Mind 3, Alone Again Or. Btw I noticed on checking that the original video I featured there has been withdrawn so I have updated it.]

Jarvis Cocker has been playing various versions of Hey Joe on his BBC 6 Music Sunday Service programme (4-6 pm) roughly every month. The one he played last Sunday (New Year’s Day) surprised me as the performing artists Kasenetz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus are probably more widely known for the “bubblegum” hit Quick Joey Small. I had certainly not paid them more attention than that. Their Hey Joe is much better than I would have thought.

Kasenetz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus: Hey Joe

The Man In The Mirror

It’s been hard to escape Michael Jackson over the past couple of days. The coverage has been almost wall to wall. The press and media just love something like this – but they take it too far.

I must confess I wasn’t much of a fan of Jackson’s music though I’ve heard lots of it of course.

I don’t know what he saw when he looked at his reflection (I suppose very few of us do like what we see in the mirror) but he was clearly a troubled soul.

Life in the showbiz spotlight can’t be fun; plus he had no childhood to speak of. With all that fame and money it must be difficult to find true friends. It’s no wonder he began to act out his hype.

It would be interesting to find out if Jarvis Cocker had mellowed towards him any. I suspect not.

Michael Jackson 1958-2009. So it goes.

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