What a week!
In these “interesting” times, where would we be without music to offer an escape from the misery?
I’m inviting readers to post the song that instantly transports them to a happier place.
I’ve a glittering €25 Golden Discs voucher to offer to the winner, chosen by my pet goldfish.
Lines MUST close at 6.30am.
Please include video link if possible.
Nick says: Good luck!
Kate Bush – Under the ivy
The Hare, a nice bubbling track, upbeat, springy and joyful
Lady Gaga – Poker Face
Has to be Blondie
the Tide is high and I’m holding on…….
but since its Friday I have to include the Muppets
so here’s Harry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPaKWihFs_Q having it out with Animal
and here’s his longer live version – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlPjUvOxAf0
makes you wish you were there doesn’t it?
and it won’t do ye a bit of harm to add the Muppet Show with special guest Harry Belafont yayyyy episode (1979) to your playlist over the lockdown
Showing my age here. Only two bands’ records were allowed be played on my Dad’s stereo: ABBA and Vicky Leandros. To this day, I just love the upbeat tone of this one, and have occasionally sat in the car if it comes on the radio to finish it out.
Hey Joe McKenzie. I hope that you enjoy :)
Though to be honest, pretty much any ABBA song will do it too
because of the times we live in I will refrain from giving my opinion on ABBA and just be glad it makes YOU happy :)
I appreciate your forbearance :)
I do hope that you enjoy Vicky Leandros’ little ditty, though
folly’d that link and look what it put in front of me
You’ll thank me
along with the pleasant vintage of a theatre show, it is camp and giddy, but there is manly elegance you just don’t see anymore, so beautiful it doesn’t need words, the silence of the movements speak for him
Calypso is what this lockdown needs
amd make no mistake about it
I love how these lead to lovely finds :)
Of course, V, you have given the perfect intro for an obligatory Muppets song…
That’s from the episode I plugged for yere lockdown playlists
Gently Captivating in a way that the perfect lemon meringue has a taste of more
Yay, the Muppets.
The Eagles – California Dreaming
Whipping Boy – Twinkle
Joy Division – Isolation
The Riptide Movement – All Works Out.
A suitable anthem for our current times I think.
My entry today is “There She Goes” by the La’s. It’s a very simple melody and the lyrics even more so. Instantly catch but at the same time not at all cheesy. In it’s day is was supposedly about heroin. Some of the band since came out to say it wasn’t but, well, perhaps that’s all best left in the past.
Whatever it was about, to me it was a super sweet little love song. That’s the thing about happy moments, it’s all about a time and a place and how you felt. Zeitgeist, and for me that song evokes powerful memories from the early 90’s. I was in my early 20s, half decent job with a few bob in my pocked and my first serious relationship with a girl I dearly loved.
As part of that zeitgeist, there was a movie of which ‘There She Goes’ was its theme. “So I Married an Axe Murderer” If ever there was a movie that captured that time and place for me, that was it. I loved it back then as did my Girlfriend. Tho not sung by the La’s in the movie, it still worked. I can’t say if that move still stands the test of time as I’ve not seen it in years, but the song does.
They knew it would be a song that did well, but they never realised that it would last so long. It did.
Movie intro to So I Married an Axe Murderer
As Macca sang “You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs….”
And what’s wrong with that?!
ELO – Mr. Blue Sky
From the opening Fmaj on the piano, right the way through all the electronic jiggery pokery, this instantly lifts my mood and reminds me that no matter what time of year it is, Summer is not far away :-)
Always a great choice :)
Great choice indeed
for me it’s Arcade Fire: Suburbs.
it’s like a slow burning anthem, never fails to get me to sing along
Eels – Birds-
Simple pleasures they say..
Mark E. shares with us his love of birds and it’s gleefully that you’ll be humming along this sweet little tune.
Plus, I heard, that with the confinement and the general desertion of the town the little birdies are out and about. So enjoy.
Althought maybe this all business of “if you small and on a search/ I’ve got a feeder for you to perch on”. is all a sexual innuendo….? All the same, good fun…
IMO the best voice of our lifetime- Ms. Beth Hart – A Change is Gonna Come.
Take the skinheads bowling – Camper Van Beethoven
One of my favourite bands of all time, ever. Love the song too.
‘“Cause what the world needs now
Is another folk singer like I need a hole in my head…”
Love Cracker too…. Favourite song from CVB is All Her Favourite Fruit and from Cracker, Mr Wrong. Especially the Leftover Salmon version!
Two offerings today
https://youtu.be/L5jI9I03q8E Nina Simone – aint got no…
Jean du shon – the best is yet to come – pick a plumb out of the tree of life !
either has the capacity to assist transporting to other places. enjoy
I’m gonna go with Primal Scream’s Come Together.
And a nod to the brilliant sample of Jesse Jackson speaking at Wattstax in 1972.
RIP Andy Weatherall.
JU-PAR UNIVERSAL ORCHESTRA – Funky Music (1976)
Listening to this for 40 years and still makes me smile
(If you don’t want to fuck me baby), Fuck Off!
Wayne County and the Electric Chairs
featuring a young Jools Holland
Marvin Smith, Have More Time
I dare you to try sit still for this.
If you don’t like to sit still..
J Wesley Smith – mama laid the law down.
Very cool Eamonn But if you’re going to go ‘momma’ on me, have some jj cale and some johnny paycheck
As for sitting still, where would we be without soul limbo by booker t and the MGs?
For all things maternal
Galliano five sons of the mother –
Might not sit stulistically beside booker t, nonetheless,
You gots to love the mama
Duran Duran Rio. Bouncy and poptastic with its own travelogue video!
Wham Club Tropicana. Same. Drinks are free, lads. Drinks. Are. Free!!
Fela Kuti – Expensive Shit
Hypnotic and transformative orgy of rhythmic bliss. Never has a song so long seemed so short…or long. Maybe both.
Hideaway – Karen O
I have never really been a Springsteen fan, but I love this and it puts me in a good mood
Did I mention I’ve just bought a violin? It’s been over 40 years since I played last – my fingers are still nimble.
Shame, Shame, Shame – Shirley & Co.
There’s certain disco tracks from the 70s that for me, spark off distant memories of feeling pure childhood joy. Even though he’s not credited on the title of this track, I think it’s the male singer, (a Cuban-born guy called Jesus!), who steals the show and elevates it to another level. A last-moment stand in. Plus he did it in just one take.
‘ “Sylvia was the producer; she looked at me and said, ‘This guy can’t sing no more, he’s too old. Go in there and shout a little bit.’ I was stoned out of my mind. Shirley started singing, then I started screaming and shouting, having a good time. You could look through the glass, and they’re going crazy in there. I said, ‘Okay, let me do it now’, and she said, ‘No! That was a perfect take!’ ‘
If The Girl From Ipanema doesn’t instantly transport you to happier times, I’ll eat my sombrero.
Transports me back to the 80’s tv & music.
The Greatest American Hero Theme Tune.
Song by Mike Post and Stephen Geyer
Joey Scarbury – Believe it or Not
This song transports me back to the 80’s tv & music.
The Greatest American Hero Theme Song – Believe it or Not
Joey Scarbury – Believe it or Not
Cos ‘gimme little bass make me wind up me waist’
it’s Friday night and there’s no where for young people to go to, so their all hanging out here
My first Single Scottie
That doesn’t surprise me in the slightest V.
Throwin shapes in your ‘khaki suit an ting’
an’ me halter back
@ Scottser – Great track!
I might be late to the party but here goes… MTV Classic (?) is currently showing best of the 80’s which in my opinion is questionable. But how and ever, today I sat down,pressed 707 on the remote and lo and behold Phil Oakey and Giorgio Moroder ” Together in Electric Dreams” was on. My daughter, who has been stuck to the sofa since last week actually raised her head from the phone and said ” that’s a really feelgood song”. And do you know, it is. Its a big 99 icecream in a cone with extra chocolate sauce. Its the sugar rush from fizzpops, sherbert dips and a strangely blue coolpop that was always at the end of the freezer. Listen and enjoy.
sorry , ‘they’re’ all hanging out here
My first motorbike was a Suzuki 250 and she was old at that stage, but a few months ago I heard Christy Moore’s song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGkBxb_HqFE, on the radio and I cried laughing because the lyrics are so wonderfully funny, anthropomorphic and personal to any teenager who’s saved up and spent their first few quid on something they’ve always wanted – be it, car, motorbike, pony, calf or concert tickets.
Sisters Love – Give Me Your Love (1973). Sublime!
A new one to me, that one.
Here is one to go alongside the sisters.
As the man says, only the best when it comes to love.
The Emotions – the best of my love
Eddie Grant, Electric Avenue, always takes me back to watching Top of the Pops and dancing in the front room with my sisters, even my Sinatra loving dad would shake his ass to this
I wasn’t much into music when I was a young fella, I did have a thing for Any Dream Will Do from Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and also used to get angry if my brother would not let me play Suicide is Painless from the M.A.S.H. soundtrack but to answer the call of this challenge my selection takes me back 30 years to circa 1989 and a Thursday evening. In our house, back then, we only had 2 channels and Thursday evening at 8pm on Network 2 meant Baywatch! Now RTE is not great today but was even worse back then so Baywatch was prime time viewing. For 1 hour I was whisked away to the west coast of America, always with the sunshine, beautiful women in utterly wonderful swimsuits, “Scarab” speedboats, Air Wolf style helicopters that you might jump from into the sea to make a rescue! and your office was one of those cool watch towers. Oh to be Hobie, Mitch Buchannon’s son, and grow up to be the Captain of the lifeguards, with Summer Quinn or Shauni as my lovely wife . . .ahhhhhh . . . .well anyway, anyone who remembers Baywatch will know what the opening few bars of this song means and watch out for the piano solo around 2:00 :-)
Baywatch Intro Song – I’m Always Here by Jimi Jamison
“Some people stand in the darkness
Afraid to step into the light
Some people need to help somebody
When the edge of surrenders in sight
Don’t you worry
It’s gonna be alright
Cause I’m always ready
I won’t let you out of my sight”
I like this song
My girlfriend says this though,
“When I had brain cancer, I could understand this song, it made me feel able to communicate. It made me go pow pow pow, it’s this is Whitney Houston why are you asking me this it’s stup