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Playlist: Listen, my friends! ~ June 2015

June 2, 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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The Brian Fahey Orchestra ~ At The Sign Of The Swingin’ Cymbal (1960)¹

The Shangri-Las ~ Out In The Streets (1965)

Crispian St. Peters ~ The Pied Piper (1966)

Vanilla Fudge ~ You Keep Me Hangin’ On (1968)

Frankie Howerd and June Whitfield ~ Up Je T’Aime (1969)²

Gianni Morandi ~ Parla Più Piano (1972)³

Blue Swede ~ A Song For You (1973)

Frank Zappa ~ Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow (1974)

Nina Simone ~ Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter (1974)

Tom Scott ~ Gotcha! (Theme from Starsky & Hutch) (1976)

A Flock Of Seagulls ~ Space Age Love Song (1982)

Cast of Bread ~ Theme from Bread (1986)

David Foster ~ Water Fountain (1987)4

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¹ The original instrumental that owes its iconoclasm to becoming the unmistakeable theme of disc jockey Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops radio show, which has run on various stations since 1955 (Freeman taking the reins from 1961 onwards)

² The British comic pair’s delicious spoof of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin’s classic naughty pop hit Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus, which was released earlier the same year

³ An Italian-language version of the hit song Speak Softly, Love, which – written by the film’s composer Nino Rota (and whose melody fittingly bears resemblance to those from at least two operas) – appeared in the Mafia movie epic The Godfather (1972)

4 From the soundtrack of the über-’80s romcom classic The Secret Of My Success (1987)

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