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The Endless Note

Sunday Jazz – Louis Prima

“Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)” – Louis Prima & Keely Smith

You work and work for years and years, you’re always on the go
You never take a minute off, too busy makin’ dough
Someday, you say, you’ll have your fun, when you’re a millionaire
Imagine all the fun you’ll have in your old rockin’ chair

Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink
The years go by, as quickly as a wink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think

You’re gonna take that ocean trip, no matter, come what may
You’ve got your reservations made, but you just can’t get away
Next year for sure, you’ll see the world, you’ll really get around
But how far can you travel when you’re six feet underground?

Your heart of hearts, your dream of dreams, your ravishing brunette
She’s left you and she’s now become somebody else’s pet
Lay down that gun, don’t try, my friend, to reach the great beyond
You’ll have more fun by reaching for a redhead or a blonde

Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink
The years go by, as quickly as a wink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think

“Enjoy Yourself” is a popular song published in 1949, with music written by Carl Sigman and lyrics by Herb Magidson.

The most popular version of the song, recorded by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, was made on November 27 (some sources give November 28), 1949. The recording was released by Decca Records as catalog number 24825. The record first reached the Billboard charts on January 13, 1950 and lasted 19 weeks on the chart, peaking at #10.

The song had a new lease of life following versions by Prince Buster and The Specials

To buy the music of Louis Prima click HERE

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April 17, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Jazz Vocal, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

UB40

Actually “I be 50” but that’s not the point, though it is hard to believe it is 30 years since I bought the UB40 debut album “Signing Off” which was released by Graduate Records on 29th August 1980 with a free three track 12″ single as an addition to the ten tracks on the album.

Most people will unfortunately remember the band for their series of reggae based cover versions recorded for Virgin Records which transformed them from being a “protest band” to a somewhat sanatised band for happy loving couples to play at dinner parties as a token gesture to being reggae loving hipsters.

“Signing Off” however deserves to be re-discovered as it is another great debut album.

Signing Off was a mix of reggae and dub material which was lyrically politically charged and socially conscious, while musically it was reverb-heavy, doom-laden yet mellifluous, best exemplified in the hits “King” and “Food For Thought” as well as the searing “Burden of Shame”.

The opening track on the album “Tyler” was written about a young black American Gary Tyler, who was convicted of murdering a 13-year-old white boy, at the age of 17. UB40 intended “Tyler” to be their first single in the States.

“King” was a song written about the late Martin Luther King, Jr., questioning the lost direction of the deceased leader’s followers and the state of mourning of a nation after his death.

Perhaps the biggest success of the album was the song “Food For Thought”, which was an attempt to publicize and condemn the Ethiopian famine in Africa, comparing it with the Western over-indulgent celebration of Christmas, a full five years before Band Aid brought the subject to widespread attention. Subsequently it was also a prominent feature of UB40’s 2005 Live 8 appearance in Hyde Park, London – 25 years after the song had been first released. Both “King” and “Food For Thought” were released together as a Double A-side, as their debut single in February 1980. It topped the Indie chart for three months, reached #4 in the UK charts, and went on to sell half a million copies.

The original vinyl album consisted of a ten-track LP plus a 3-track 12-inch record which included the tracks “Madam Medusa”, “Strange Fruit” and “Reefer Madness”.

“Madam Medusa” stands up alongside the likes of The Beat’s “Stand Down Margaret” and The Specials “Ghost Town” as social commentaries on the Thatcher years.

“Madam Medusa” – UB40

From the land of shadows
Comes a dreadful sight
Lady with the marble smile
Spirit of the night
See the scourge of innocence
Swinging in her hand
Hear the silent suffering
That echoes through the land

From the tombs of ignorance
Of hate and greed and lies
Through the smoke of sacrifice
Watch her figure rise
The sick the poor the old
Basking in her radiance
Men of blood and gold

In her bloody footsteps
Speculators prance
Men of dreams are praying
For that second chance
Round her vacant features
Gilded serpents dance
Her tree of evil knowledge
Sprouts a special branch

Madam Medusa
Madam Medusa
Madam Medusa

Knock her right down
And then she bounce right back
Knock her right down
And then she bounce right back
She gone off her head
We`ve got to shoot her dead
She gone off her head
We`ve got to shoot her dead
Run for your life before she eat you alive
Run for your life before she eat you alive
Move out of the way cos`s you`re blocking out the day
Move out of the way cos`s you`re blocking out the day

To buy the music of UB40 click HERE

Just today I was reading the current NME in which Paul Weller as quoted as saying “this generation needs to stand up and fight”………….step forward the new Billy Bragg

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music, Reggae, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Ghost Town – The Movie

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Watched this last night, don’t know why as Mr Gervais has never really done it for me so as suspected it was no more than average.

HOWEVER it does include two great songs in the soundtrack.

 

First up is Citizen Cope a pseudonym of Clarence Greenwood, an American musician.

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After releasing his demo tape, Cope was signed to Capitol Records, where he recorded Shotguns. In 1998, he was dropped from Capitol, without releasing the album.

In 2000, Greenwood signed with the DreamWorks Records label, which released his first album in September 2002, Citizen Cope. To promote the record, Greenwood toured as an opener for Nelly Furtado. He performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, in 2002.

The Washington Post did a large feature on Cope in early 2002, declaring Greenwood the most raptastic artist since Marvin Gaye.

In October 2002, Carlos Santana released his record titled Shaman. Greenwood wrote and produced one of the tracks on that album.

After the release of Citizen Cope, Greenwood felt that the label “mishandled” the record. Tension between the label and artist prompted Greenwood to buy out his contract with the label, using the advance he received from his next label, Arista Records and RCA Records, to do so.

In September 2004, Citizen Cope released his second record, The Clarence Greenwood Recordings, which became an underground classic. The album has sold more than 273,000 records to date, without any commercial or college radio play. From 2004 through 2008, Citizen Cope endured a heavy tour schedule.

In 2005, Cope continued to tour the United States promoting his second major-label record. In April, his song “Son’s Gonna Rise” began appearing in a Pontiac commercial and was distributed as the album’s second single.

On September 12, 2006, Citizen Cope released the album, Every Waking Moment.

In early 2008, Citizen Cope parted ways with RCA records.[1]

His song, “Let the Drummer Kick” was featured in the 2008 Acura TSX commercial early that year.

In early June 2008, Citizen Cope announced a special one off solo show at the London Luminaire in Kilburn on the 2nd July.

He made an appearance on Dido’s 2008 album Safe Trip Home, collaborating on a track called “Burnin’ Love”.

Throughout 2008, Citizen Cope sold more than 100,000 tickets in North America alone (festivals and colleges not included), doing more than 120 shows.

Cope finished his highly successful US solo acoustic tour in December 2008. Citizen Cope is set to go back on tour, with his full band, in late January through the end of February 2009. He is currently working on his next album, The Rainwater LP, scheduled for release in February 2010, with an early release in October/November for fans who purchase “The Rainwater LP” Deluxe Edition.

“Sideways” – Citizen Cope

You know it ain’t easy
For these thoughts here to leave me
There’s no words to describe it
In French or in English
Cause, diamonds they fade
And flowers they bloom
And I’m telling you

These feelings won’t go away
They’ve been knockin’ me sideways
They’ve been knockin’ me out, they
Whenever you come around me
These feelings won’t go away
They’ve been knockin’ me sideways
I keep thinking in a moment that, time will take them away

But these feelings won’t go away… (slow music)
These feelings won’t go away…

It ain’t easy
For these thoughts here to leave me
there’s no words to describe it
In French or in English
These diamonds they fade
And flowers they bloom
I’m telling you

These feelings won’t go away
They’ve been knockin’ me sideways
They’ve been knockin’ me out, babe
Whenever you come around me

These feelings won’t go away
They’ve been knockin’ me sideways
I keep thinking any moment now
Time will take them away

These feelings won’t go away
They’ve been knockin’ me sideways
I keep thinking any moment now
Time will take them away

These feelings won’t go away… (slow music)
These feelings won’t go away…

The diamonds they fade
The flowers they bloom
I’m telling you
I’m telling you

The diamonds they fade
The flowers they bloom
I’m telling you
I’m telling you

These feelings won’t go away
They’ve been knockin’ me sideways
They’ve been knockin’ me out babe
Whenever you come around me

These feelings won’t go away
They’ve been knockin’ me sideways
I keep thinking any moment now
Time will take them away…

(refrain out…)

the clarence greenwood recordings

 

To buy the music of Citizen Cope click HERE

 

 

Next up is the great Brendan Benson

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Brendan Benson (born November 14, 1970, in Royal Oak, Michigan) is an American musician and songwriter. He sings and plays guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and drums. He has released four solo albums and is a member of the band The Raconteurs.

Benson’s major musical influences include The Cars, David Bowie, The Electric Light Orchestra, Elvis Costello, The Kinks, Robyn Hitchcock, Paul McCartney, Joe Jackson, The Who, Dramarama, and Todd Rundgren.

In 2005, Benson released his third album, The Alternative to Love, and toured extensively in the US, UK, and Europe with his new touring band, The Stiff Tissues.

“Spit It Out” was the first single and reached the UK Top 75 for the first time (peaking at #75 in April), and also generated some buzz for Brendan.

Two further singles were released from the album. “Cold Hands Warm Heart” has appeared in many commercials and TV shows and “What I’m Looking For” was used in multiple national advertising campaigns. This album charted at #70 in the UK Albums Chart.

Benson is also a member of The Raconteurs, a collaboration with Jack White, of The White Stripes and The Dead Weather, and two members of The Greenhornes, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler. Benson and White work together in writing the songs. The group’s debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers, was released in the U.S. on May 16, 2006, with “Steady, As She Goes” the first single.

“What I’m Looking For” – Brendan Benson

Well I don’t know what I’m looking for
But I know that I just wanna look some more
And I won’t be satisfied
‘Till there’s nothing left that I haven’t tried
For some people it’s an easy choice
But for me there’s a devil and an angel’s voice
Well I don’t know what I am looking for
But I know that I just wanna look some more

Well I don’t know what I’m living for
But I know that I just wanna live some more
And you hear it from strangers
And you hear it from friends
That love never dies, love never ends
Now I don’t wanna argue, no I don’t wanna fight
‘Cause you’re always wrong and I’m always right
Well I don’t know what I am living for
But I know that I just wanna live some more

I used to be involved, and I felt like a king
Now I’ve lost it all and I don’t feel a thing
I may never grow old, I may never give in
And I’ll blame this world that I live in
I visit hell on a daily basis
I see the sadness in all your faces
I’ve got friends who have married
And their lives seem complete
Here I am still stumbling down a darkened street

And I act like a child and I’m insecure
And I’m filled with doubt and I’m immature
Sometimes it creeps up on me and before I know it
I’m lost at sea
But no matter how far I row
I always find my way back home
But I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for
But I know that I don’t wanna wait anymore

Looking for…
What I’m looking for…
Looking for…
What I’m looking for…
Looking for…
What I’m looking for…
Looking for…
What I’m looking for…
Looking for…
What I’m looking for…

the alternative to love

To buy the music of Brendan Benson click HERE

 

 

This is the ONLY Ghost Town you need.

October 18, 2009 Posted by | Movies, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

The Specials

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The Specials have announced that they are re-forming next year to tour to celebate the 30th anniversary of their debut single “Gangsters” and their self titled debut album.

In 1979 they together with The Clash, The Jam and Bob Marley made up the major part of my listening expeience. The Clash (even when Joe Strummer was alive) and The Jam have never (to date) tarnished their legacy with re-unions.

To make matters worse the driving force and priniple writer in The Specials Jerry Dammers will not be taking part which certainly dilutes any impact they may make.

I won’t be attending and my memories of seeing them at their peak will remain undiminished and their debut album will I suspect remain forever in my all time Top 10 albums.

The nostalgia market embraces another new generation.

Here is “Concrete Jungle” from a 23rd May 1979 John Peel Session

December 12, 2008 Posted by | New News, Old Music, Video | | Leave a comment

   

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