The multiple-perspective collective has come together to celebrate the Webcore’s Ruby wedding anniversary with this playlist, intermingled with some snippets and signposts (with special thanks to The Guardian for its community content and search facilty).
I never thought I’d miss you, half as much as I do
(Labi Siffre, It Must Be Love)
It is 1971, and a young man from Liverpool has spent the summer in London. Some may think him a ‘Jim Dandy’ character, well-suited to life in a great capital city. But there is a young woman back home who is always in his thoughts, looks a little like Catherine Deneuve and a little like Anita Ekberg, only better, and scores ten out of ten on the dancefloor. Our young hero was not foolish, and so headed home with marriage on his mind.
The wedding took place on 25th September 1971, and coincided with a Traffic gig at the Liverpool Stadium, which the happy couple fitted in to the evening celebrations. This first set of tunes are vintage 1971, except for some fine Motown and rock’n'roll (which is having to be neighbourly with Steve Winwood for reasons of narrative):
Labi Siffre – It Must Be Love (Spotted Richard)
Pink Floyd (feat. the Kop) – Fearless (DarceysDad)
CCS – Walkin’ (Zalamanda)
David Bowie – Fill Your Heart (Bethnoir)
Niney – Blood and Fire (DaddyPig)
Marvin Gaye – Too Busy Thinking ‘Bout My Baby (fintan28)
Lavern Baker – Jim Dandy Got Married (Rocking Mitch)
Traffic – Hidden Treasure (DaddyPig)
Camaron de la Isla – Alegrias de Cadiz live in 1971 (Mr and Mrs Makinavaja)
Now for songs about finding love: Wondering when it might happen, getting together with someone, having an inkling, becoming sure. For Angelique Kidjo, it’s wondering when you might scrape enough money together. Miwa is walking by the Meguro River alone, but with her beloved on her mind. Sweet Charles learned guitar from Curtis Mayfield and played bass with James Brown, so he certainly knew something.
The Impressions – It’s All Right (severin)
Jens Lekman – If You Ever Need A Stranger (Mnemonic)
Luka Bloom – Throw Your Arms Around Me
Jimmy Radcliffe – Long After Tonight Is All Over (bishbosh)
BIM – Me and My Baby (Tincanman)
Brian Eno – I’ll Come Running (Exodus)
Miwa – Megurogawa (HoshinoSakura)
Sweet Charles – Yes It’s You (May1366)
Magnetic Fields – The Book Of Love (barbryn)
Toots and the Maytals – It Must Be True Love (DaddyPig)
Elbow – The Everthere (Shoegazer)
Tom Paxton – I Give You The Morning (AliMunday)
Angelique Kidjo – Malaika (lambretinha)
Even a blind man knows when the sun is shining
(Rudy Clark / Arthur Resnick – Good Lovin’)
Anyone with a feeling for a long song or an extended live version, knows that once you’re right there in the music, time is altered, and passes differently. Possibly that tells us Something About Life ? Here are:
Roy Harper – Me and My Woman (live) – (CaroleBristol)
The Grateful Dead – Good Lovin’ (live) (Chris)
I’ve been married 36 years, but I could do that on my head; I’ve slept for twelve years. Ow ! Mrs Webcore just clouted me.
(webcorewebcore, RR, 25th July 2008)
Going to the newsagent at 6am so she can have fresh milk in her coffee; fighting over the lemon ones in the box of French Fancies; waiting 45 minutes for one's date because she doesn't want to miss James Shatner in a Star Trek episode (we didn’t know back in the 70s just how many repeats there were to be). Here are some more thoughts on long relationships (warning: may contain downs as well as ups…)
Bob Marley and the Wailers – The Ten Commandments of Love (Steenbeck)
Mogwai – RU Still Into It ? (Abahachi)
Fats Domino – Honest Papas Love Their Mamas Better (ShivSidecar)
Angel Brothers with Ian MacMillan – Captain Beefheart and Mr Neal (ShivSidecar)
Sandy Denny – Who Knows Where The Time Goes (Live) (GlassHalfEmpty)
Django Reinhardt and Hubert Rostaing – Anniversary Song (BeltwayBandit)
…we live in moments that vanish like snowflakes; but that’s all that we have, that’s all we take with us..
(A line from a lyric by sonofwebcore, posted Sept 2008, RR songs about marriage)
And to finish, a cluster of Recommenders’ Rubies…
Warren Smith – Rock’n'Roll Ruby (Zalamanda)
Dick Gaughn – Ruby Tuesday (AliMunday)
Dion – Ruby Baby (debbym)
Davy Graham – The Ruby and the Pearl (Zalamanda)
Ruby and the Romantics – When You’re Young and In Love (treefrogdemon)
Thanks to all for contributions, I’ll leave it for everyone to say more about them and add good wishes below. Please say if your nomination is there without your name and I’ll edit accordingly. My apologies to anyone who didn’t get the memo and has a song in mind; any links below will be our ‘bonus tracks’ ?
Happy Anniversary to you George and Linda, with love from everyone at RR and the ‘Spill !
Dereck Harriot – 18 With A Bullet (Goneforeign)
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