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Playlist: Listen, my friends! ~ July 2013

July 3, 2013

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In the words of Moby Grape… listen, my friends! Yes, it’s the (hopefully) monthly playlist presented by George’s Journal just for you good people.

There may be one or two classics to be found here dotted in among different tunes you’re unfamiliar with or have never heard before – or, of course, you may’ve heard them all before. All the same, why not sit back, listen away and enjoy…

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CLICK on the song titles to hear them

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Kathy Kirby ~ Secret Love (1963)

Strawberry Alarm Clock ~ Incense And Peppermints (1967)1

The Byrds ~ Jesus Is Just Alright (1970)2

Seals & Croft ~ Summer Breeze (1972)

Eumir Deodato ~ Also Sprach Zarathustra (1972)3

Lou Reed ~ Satellite Of Love (1972)4

Alfred Bradley ~ Theme from Paddington (1975)5

The Bellamy Brothers ~ Let Your Love Flow (1976)

Clare Torry ~ Love Is Like A Butterfly (1978)6

Ed Welch ~ Quiz Wizzard – theme from Blockbusters (1983-93)

Glenn & Chris (aka Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle) ~ Diamond Lights (1987)7

Go West ~ The King Of Wishful Thinking (1990)8

Enya ~ Book Of Days (1992)9

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1 A US #1 back in the day and featuring (along with two other songs from the album with which it shares its name) in the film Psych-Out (1968), it was also performed by the band themselves in the cult classic flick Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970) and more recently featured in Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)

2 As performed live at Manhattan’s legendary Fillmore East venue on September 23 1970

3 Legendary Brazilian jazz crossover artist Deodata’s take on Richard Strauss’s 1896 symphonic poem which is, of course, synonymous with Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

4 As memorably referenced by characters in the film Adventureland (2007); David Bowie, whom along with his regular ’70s collaborator Mick Ronson, produced the album Transformer on which this tune appeared, performed backing vocals

5 This is actually the first episode (featuring the intro theme) of Ivor Wood’s much loved stop-motion animated series adapted from Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear books and narrated by Michael Hordern

6 The opening and closing theme (originally a hit written and performed by Dolly Parton) from the classic middle-class existential angst-ridden BBC sitcom Butterflies (1978-83) starring Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Palmer and Nicholas Lyndhurst; a few years before she recorded this effort, Torry provided soaring (wordless) backing vocals on The Great Gig In The Sky, track five on Pink Floyd’s seminal album The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)

7 The infamous Top Of The Pops performance by then England and Tottenham Hotspur midfield maestros Hoddle and Waddle of their highly improbable UK #12 charter

8 As featured on the soundtrack of the Julia Roberts-starmaking blockbuster romcom Pretty Woman (1990)

9 The song that plays over the end credits of the Tom Cruise/ Nicole Kidman-headlined Far And Away (1992), clips from which appear in this rather impressive video

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  1. TheCannonballRun (formerly known as Simon) permalink
    August 10, 2013 7:26 pm

    Let your love flow, who said country music didn’t actually provide some music for the masses. Loved hearing Pattington and butterflies again. The king of wishful thinking, that video is just so 80’s. Is it too I need to wish George happy birthday?

    Cheers

    • August 10, 2013 9:55 pm

      Yup, who couldn’t do with a bit of Paddington and Butterflies now and again?

      Despite its release in 1990, Go West and The King Of Wishful Thinking is clearly oh-so ’80s, isn’t it? Top video too – which, watch again, contains a reference to an Officer And A Gentleman, Richard Gere’s previous monster movie hit before Pretty Woman (on whose soundtrack, as mentioned above, the song features).

      And, of course, thanks for the premature birthday wishes, TheCannonballRun – much appreciated…! 🙂

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