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Cover Story – You’re So Vain

It’s almost 40 years since Carly Simon released her classic song ‘You’re So Vain’. Since then there’s been fascination over the identity of the man who inspired it. Warren Beatty, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Cat Stevens are just some of the names that regularly crop up.

When Carly Simon let slip in a recent interview that the subject of her 1972 song You’re So Vain had the Christian name David, commentators were quick to conclude it was David Geffen, so apparently ending one of the pop music industry’s most tantalising mysteries.

However it seems the riddle still remains very open after Miss Simon, who is 64, has laughed of claims that record executive Geffen was indeed said narcissist.

The latest speculation emerged amid claims Simon can be heard whispering ‘David’ in a remake of the song.

But Miss Simon has said  : ‘What a riot! Nothing to do with David Geffen

Carly has released a new album of her best known songs she has written and performed during the past four decades called ‘Never Been Gone’.

It would have been easy to bring you her own “cover version” but instead I hereby present a lovely version by super singer songwriter Matthew Sweet and Bangle Susanna Hoffs from their second volume of “Under The Covers”

“You’re So Vain” – Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs

You walked into the party
Like you were walking onto a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf it was apricot
You had one eye in the mirror
As you watched yourself gavotte
And all the girls dreamed that they’d be your partner
They’d be your partner, and

You’re so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You’re so vain
I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you? Don’t you?

You had me several years ago
When I was still quite naive
Well, you said that we made such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave
But you gave away the things you loved
And one of them was me
I had some dreams they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and

You’re so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You’re so vain
I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you? Don’t you?

I had some dreams they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and

You’re so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You’re so vain
I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you? Don’t you?

Well, I hear you went up to Saratoga
And your horse naturally won
Then you flew your Lear jet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun
Well, you’re where you should be all the time
And when you’re not, you’re with
Some underworld spy or the wife of a close friend
Wife of a close friend, and

You’re so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You’re so vain
I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you? Don’t you?

To buy the music of Carly Simon click HERE

To buy the music of matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs click HERE

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Cover Stories, New News, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth are a rock music group, primarily active through the 1970s, from Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. Their characteristically ‘heavy’ sound is marked by powerful vocals from Janita (Jenny) Haan and full arrangements by Alan Shacklock.

When the group was first formed in 1971 they were called Shacklock after their guitarist Alan Shacklock. Members included Janita Haan and Dave Hewitt, with Dave Punshon and Dick Powell later joining. The first release was their single “Elusive”; their first album, First Base, went gold in Canada.

In 1973, Ed Spevock replaced Powell and Chris Holmes replaced Punshon on the second album. In 1975, Steve Gurl, keyboardist from Glenn Cornick’s Wild Turkey replaced Holmes for the third album. The same year, Shacklock exited and Bernie Marsden (Wild Turkey) joined the team for the fourth album. After this, Haan and Hewitt left.

Though no original member remained, the group incorporated Ellie Hope and Ray Knott for the fifth album in 1976. Shortly before Babe Ruth disbanded, they were joined by the young 17 year old Birmingham born Simon Lambeth who made a few appearances on their last tour. Lambeth’s hauntingly naive sound on rhythm guitar, behind the lead of Marsden, promised much but sadly it was too late; Marsden moved on to bigger things and joined Whitesnake. Simon changed careers and sadly was lost to the music scene.

Ellie Hope did an outstanding job on the lp and later had a solo effort in the booming disco era but later efforts are hard to pin down.

A disco cover of Babe Ruth’s classic “The Mexican” appeared in the late 70s, performed by the Bombers. This version inspired an electro/freestyle cover produced by John Jellybean Benitez in 1984, for which he managed to recruit Haan on vocals – the cover subsequently becoming noted for its popularity as an underground dance hit.

Between late 2005 and early 2006, Haan (now Janita Haan Morris), Shacklock, Punshon, and Hewitt recorded new material together in Nashville  with Spevock recording his drums in London. The album, titled Que Pasa, was completed September 2006, and after being made available in digital form via the band’s official web site, was released on Revolver Records in 2009.

It was however a bargain buy purchase of their 1977 “Best Of” album from Hall Audio in Dumbarton (thank you Jane) which brought them to my attention.

At the time I was into the Spaghetti Westerns in a big way so their cover of “For A Few Dollars More” was a big attraction.

“For A Few Dollars More” – Babe Ruth

However the pleasing aspect for me was the voice of Janita (Jenny) Haan

which had a depth and strength which echoed the great Maggie Bell as demonstrated by this lung burster.

“The Duchess Of New Orleans” – Babe Ruth

They could probably have had more commercial success if they had added more of a “pop” edge to their sound as illustrated by the cover below, but that would have removed their originality.

“Private Number” – Babe Ruth 

To buy the music of Babe Ruth click HERE

For more information visit these two great fan run sites :-

http://www.bobbyshred.com/baberuth.html

http://www.baberuthband.co.uk

Footnote:-

I came across Alan Shacklock again when he produced Roger Daltrey’s solo album “Under A Raging Moon” co-writing with Daltrey the following track.

“It Don’t Satisfy Me” – Roger Daltrey

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music, The Who, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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