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Playlist, Listen my friends! ~ January 2015

January 5, 2015

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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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Perry Como ~ Papa Loves Mambo (1954)¹

The Small Faces ~ Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake/ Afterglow (Of Your Love) (1968)

Julie Felix ~ Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead (1968)

Joe Cocker ~ With A Little Help From My Friends (1969)²

Sarah Vaughan ~ And I Love Him (1969)

Marvin Gaye ~ Yesterday (1970)

Keith Mansfield ~ Theme from Grandstand (1975)

Cher and Gregg Allman ~ Love Me (1977)

The Sugarhill Gang ~ Rapper’s Delight (1979)³

The Four Bucketeers ~ The Bucket Of Water Song (1980)4

New Order ~ Bizarre Love Triangle (1986)

Pet Shop Boys ~ Into The Night (1987)5

Alan Silvestri ~ The Future (Hill Valley, 2015) (1989)¹

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¹ From the soundtrack of Back To The Future Part II (1989), which – as every Internet surfer with a pulse now knows – is partly set in the future year of, er, 2015

² As performed by the one, the only ‘Sheffield Soul Shouter’ at Woodstock in August ’69; it scaled the top of the UK charts the previous year and later, of course, would go on to become the theme to The Wonder Years (1988-93). Cocker died late last month at the age of 70

³ The first hip-hop record ever to break the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100 (#36), it’s based on Bernard Edwards’ magnificent bass line from Chic’s Good Times (1979)

4 The UK chart hit (#26) inspired by the bucket-water-throwing antics on ITV’s legendary Saturday morning kids’ magazine show Tiswas (1974-82) and performed by its hosts Chris Tarrant, Sally James, Bob Carolgees and John Gorman

5 The tune whose remix was unmistakeably used as the theme to the Beeb’s Sunday teatime fashion-dedicated The Clothes Show (1988-96)

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