Win Nick’s Voucher [Extended]

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Happy Friday!

After the treasure trove of the past few weeks’ entries, it would be foolish to change the theme now.

So let’s go back in time: this week I want to know what’s your favourite underrated/obscure gem from the 1960s?

Reply below to be in with a chance of winning a gilt edged €25 Golden Discs voucher.

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my hippie grandfather.

Please include video link where possible.

Lines MUST close at 5.15pm EXTENDED until SUNDAY 10am.

Nick says: Good luck!

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282 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Voucher [Extended]

  1. Janet, dreams of big guns

    not underrated in my gaff, my Dad songs this at my Mother whenever she’s got the hump,
    he seduced her back to NI by sending recordings of his crooning to Scotland back in the day, so sometimes a time still does the job

    Bad to Me, Billy Kramer and The Dakotas

    https://youtu.be/2CMX0mCFYJ4

  2. Rosette of Sirius

    In 1968 Status Quo released Pictures of Matchstick Men. A super catchy tune that was more psychedelic and a pretty excellent sound before the evolved into the denim rock ‘n rollers they they became….

    I first heard this song back in 1989 when Camper Van Beethoven released Key Lime Pie. Was astonished to learn it was a Quo track back then!

    Quo original – https://youtu.be/3yIqbVDf3OU
    Quo live from 2009 – https://youtu.be/_iTV-Jgw2u0
    And CvB’s cover that I love – https://youtu.be/wAkcSd5l9Qg

      1. Rosette of Sirius

        I know all of 3 people that know CvB…. And I remember you mentioning All Her Favorite Fruit…. So we’re a collective here now!

        CvB/Lowrey/Cracker one of my all-time favourite groupings ever… I’m also very fond of related bands from their universe like Sparklehorse and Sun Kil Moon and so on….

  3. Slightly Bemused

    Oh, this takes me back! Not the version of the time (that was Johnny Kelly) but the wonderful version by Luke himself. The song that was number one the day my eyes first blinked open on the joys of this land.
    Little did I know it, but a few beds away slept a number of equally newcomers to this land of the aware that I ended up sharing the same schoolroom with, some earlier, some later.
    And a while back my little one asked me not to call on our regular time because of ‘all this birthday stuff’. She was heading off to her step-grandmother’s birthday. It was also mine, and I am only a few years younger than step-grandma.
    Either way, please enjoy this version with Luke at his best. The Black Velvet Band:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBRQM0vErH8

    I forgot to mention, I hate birthdays!

  4. fez

    Frank Wilson – Do I love You (Indeed I Do)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TXI2ssVN2M

    Originally released in 1965, only 250 or so copies of the single were made, but the song went on to have huge success across the atlantic years later on the norhtern soul scene. It is one of the most valuable vinyl records ever as only 2 are known to be still in existence.

    and I forgot to mention, it’s an absolute TUUUUUUUNE!

    1. Janet, dreams of big guns

      nice ( reminded me of the red 69 vespa I wrapped around a lamppost to my eternal shame )

  5. Papi

    Before anyone else takes it, because it will be,
    Aretha Franklin singing I say a little prayer, now who hasn’t fallen in love with, to, because and over this song.
    Also helpful when one has fallen out of love….
    https://youtu.be/KtBbyglq37E
    (Keep forgetting the obscure/underrated part, soz)

    1. Slightly Bemused

      A friend made me a mix tape for when I first left for foreign climes. This was on the side ‘Aural Valium: for medicinal purposes only’

    1. Anyone

      Easybeats. Fantastic song. George Young and Harry Vanda. George the older brother of Angus and Malcolm. Young & Vanda went on to produce AC/DC. Bon Scott of course, he was in The Valentines: ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’, just for the video, including on screen ads, if nothing else.

      https://youtu.be/BQ-45XG7n4k

    2. Anyone

      Easybeats. Great song. George Young and Harry Vanda. George being the older brother of Angus and Malcolm. Vanda & Young went on to produce the only AC/DC albums that counted. Bon Scott of course, he was in the Valentines and Fraternity.

      Fraternity – Seasons of Change.

      The man had a voice.

      https://youtu.be/hZY2nl2CwLc

    1. Janet, dreams of big guns

      I’d say there isn’t a soul put there who doesn’t like a bit of that spank, banger !

    2. Anyone

      Sliding across the floor in my socks to that. The first comment below the video on YT is right. Not 1960s but check out Brown Sabbath for more of this type of funk power.

        1. Papi

          I know what’s being watched this weekend. Yessssss. Drinking wine, eating some cheese and catching some rays, man.

      1. Slightly Bemused

        That is still one of my favourite films, and a definite perennial. This song is part of my childhood. Thank you for the memory!

    1. Slightly Bemused

      A short number of years ago I was on a weekend trip to my friend in Amsterdam. We went to a late night spot called Bourbon Street which had an open mic session that day.
      Two acts stand out in my memory. The first was a guy who insisted the entire crowd shut up and listen to him, before having a huff and storming off the stage (he really was not that good, just thought he was)

      The second was a stellar performance by a young lady, culminating in a hugely brilliant performance of this song as she sat on the stairs of the stage. All respects to the original, but that performance blew me away.

      As she came down off the stage and walked to the front of the house I said ‘Thank you’ as she passed me. She reached out and put her hand on my shoulder, and smiled as she went past. I was not young, but that touch meant more to me than any I had felt for a long time.

  6. f_lawless

    Ramsey Lewis – Dear Prudence
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiMKoKiXKYc

    In 1968 less than a month after the Beatles released the White Album, Ramsey Lewis recorded a selection of songs off that same album for his own album released under the title “Mother Nature’s Son”. ‘Dear Prudence’ is a great jazz-funk instrumental enhanced with some beautiful orchestration. If I had the technical wizardry, I’d love to try doing a mash-up with the original Beatles’ vocals

    1. eamonn

      I look forward to checking this out later. If you learn something new every day, Friday’s lessons are the ones that enrich my life the most! Thanks

    1. Anyone

      I love the music you’re posting Janet. Great taste with added dig. Just 40 usuals sharing great songs and memories on a friday with the incentive of winning a €25 music voucher, and being the most popular thing on BS, it is the online Late Late Show. I’m not knocking, I’m sold!

      My choice, not for the voucher, more for you to enjoy, you might like it. It’s properly obscure.

      The Spike Drivers-Strange Mysterious Sound – Baby Won’t You Let Me Tell You How I lost My Mind.

      https://youtu.be/ExZHlzKPEQk

  7. eamonn

    Spencer Davis Group
    1968
    Looking Back
    https://youtu.be/eY3oA6RbDnc
    Love the bass, it made me think of massive attack unfinished symphony when I first heard it.
    Little Stevie Windwood probably about 17 when they made this. – that is only my guess.
    Get your groove on Grandad !

    1. yupyup

      And poor Toots passed away last week : (

      They were due to play in Ireland in 2021. (Might even have been a postponed 2020 show)

      Charger, what a pleasant surprise. Thanks.

      1. Charger Salmons

        No probs.
        Brings back happy memories of sultry Caribbean nights, Red Stripe, huge spliffs and sand under my bare feet.
        Good times.

    1. Papi

      I read somewhere before that the reason there are so many cowboy/gunfighter references in reggae was that a crate of cowboy records, bound for Europe was stolen from the docks in Kingston. Every single family had a copy and every kid became Roy Rogers and the Lone Ranger and it went into the later music.

      1. eamonn

        That is new to me,great story though.
        The story of the Alpha Boys School is one that makes me chuckle.
        So many top brass players introduced to their craft by nuns. So many luminaries passed through
        the doors.

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Stay there, but keep it comfy. A few of us will be over later with drinks and a pizza. We have all been in the wrong time, right place, so let us share stories!

  8. Gorugeen

    They’re coming to take me away by Napoleon XIV. Delightfully un-PC. A true one hit wonder. Heard it first on Gareth O’Callaghans afternoon show on 2FM. I was 15. The sun was shining strong, I was doing my first ever slating a roof unsupervised with my trusty radio sitting on the chimney for better signal. Good times.
    https://youtu.be/hnzHtm1jhL4

  9. scottser

    Booker T & the MGs, ‘soul limbo’
    https://youtu.be/9GdvFiE2R5I
    I would have loved to have been there when they were recording this:
    ‘What we need is a marimba solo. Anyone got Terry Manning’s number’..
    I was lucky enough to see Booker T at the sugar club a few years ago and danced my poor missis into the floor.
    Enjoy.

  10. Right place, Wrong time

    Why is all the people on this site trying to prove that they are in their late 50s/early 60s?
    It makes no sense.

    Stay young and beautiful my children.

    Most people who enter competitions are losers.

    1. Janet, dreams of big guns

      just wait until he gets into the classical period of the baroque and the romantic, I have some doozies lined up

  11. Andy Pipkin

    From the original 60 act, Nirvana, this classic from 68. Loved it then and still love it today!
    The trippy psychedelic feel was wonderful, mind you a lot of Jazz cigarettes had been smoked.

    Nirvana with Rainbow Chaser!!

    https://youtu.be/dcf19K5QFqQ

    Enjoy

  12. Alex Chilton

    I’ve been digging this one recently. I got a stack of my Dad’s old records and there was an original 7″ of this which I now have. About 50 or so records from 60’s-70’s so have yet to go through and clean everything. It’s been interesting so far.

    Rare Earth – Magic Key https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwZ8O58BrvQ

      1. Alex Chilton

        The records are apparently a mix of those from my Dad and his brothers; the last one gone earlier this year. They were without a doubt the right age to catch some of the most amazing music made, being teens and early 20’s through the sixties. Everything from Motown to the Stones, Beatles, Beach Boys, Kinks, and some other oddities from the late 50’s through to early 70’s. All are 7 inch and most were pressed in Ireland.

        It’s funny but I have more questions than ever now going through stuff now he’s gone.

  13. Slightly Bemused

    For all that I love them, do some somgs of that era just almost range on the cringey? Different times, and lord we have enoungh in the Irish back catalogue to match?

  14. f_lawless

    Carole King The Road To Nowhere (1966)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uCGjTWlXzc

    An unusual Carol King song. It’s been described before as sounding a bit like “Phil Spector producing the Velvet Underground”. It does seem like she was drawing inspiration from VU tracks such as “All Tomorrow’s Parties” or “Venus in Furs” – that droning dark, raw sound, dissonant piano, etc

  15. Slightly Bemused

    Had a wonderful talk this evening with one of my oldest friends (or longest? How does that go – he is younger than I am, but shorter. Sometimes language hurts!)
    Anyway, in the house I currently live in he taught me more on the guitar than I thought I would ever know. Not being smart, but I taught him his first chords on a retreat in Offally (of all places). I never claimed to be a master or a good teacher, but man did this boy prove he could play!
    Anyway, a Sixties song, but an Eighties beat. He taught me how to do the synchopation on the guitar over far too many nights at the kitchen table. He preferred Adam and the Ants, I got him to bow. We got used to the sound of the neighbour banging on the walls. My current neighbour would likely be banging on the door wanting to join in.
    Times change. People change. Life moves on.
    But still, I want candy!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoXVYSV4Xcs

    1. Slightly Bemused

      In case anyone is wondering I just had to watch Kelly’s Heroes again. It is longer than I remember, but no less wonderful!

        1. Papi

          Just watched it. God, they’re so cool. Simplest stage, hardly any lighting, backyard kinda deal, and you can see those lads love each other. Start at an hour if you’re not interested. As if.

    1. Slightly Bemused

      We were all born once, and there is a song for each of us. This is a good one.

      Belated happy birthday :-)

  16. Slightly Bemused

    This week is a bit of a bittersweet one for me. Just under a year ago I lost my brother. In this past week my family came together to decide what parts of his life we wanted to take on with us. Not surprisingly, his music was the most contentious. But not contentious, we will of course share all.

    But who get’s Johnny The Fox? Who get’s Crusader? Who gets…

    My brother introduced me to more music than I care to mention. My father did Greek and eastern Medditerannean. My mother did opera, and musicals.
    But my brother did pop. He taught me how to listen to the song, dissect it, pull it to pieces, but still love it for what it was.
    When we moved home, one of my earliest memories is him helping me make a Lego taperecorder so I could play my then favourite song.Of course, I had to sing it, as Lego had not yet progressed that far. I am sure my poor suffering parents were delighted with him :-)
    No, it was not ABBA, so my lady Janet need not be upset, Not quite a 60s, but still my favourite song.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT1iDKkZNYU

    Missing my brother tonight.
    My thoughts are with you all tonight.

    1. Papi

      Your brother had great taste in music, and condolences for your loss. Cracker song, great brother.
      You good?

    2. Slightly Bemused

      Thanks guys. I am doing fine, glad to say. Just rising to this glorious day, and a washing machine to install :-)

      The thing with brothers is that no matter how many you have, they are annoying as hell to be around. Until the day they are not. Then you realise you did not make you. Your family did, your friends did, your community did.

      This morning after my friend left I went out to look at the moon (I once howled, but the neighbours complained) and I realised something that I rarely express.

      I love this town. It boring as only a Kildare town can be, but it is where my soul is.

      The other day I passed a friend from my early days in the school here, and he waved a hello, along with the nickname I was given the day I arrived in this town. Somethings you cannot outlive, whether you want to or not. Whena town names you somehow you belong.

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