The Proclaimers – 500 Miles
How could this not get your toe tapping?! I love how those harmonies sound both chaotically flung-out and pitch-perfect precise. With this track, for me they escaped their “Buddy Holly-lookylikey Scots-twins novelty-act” presentation and produced something magical. Oh and the song ends properly. I do love a proper ending to a song. Most satisfying.
Mystery Artist – Mystery Track (Give you a ride)
This track from the Peaking Lights mixtape is an inconsequential ditty about a drive-by pick up merchant in his MerSuhDeez that has implanted itself in my brain, and I’m hoping someone – like GoneForeign – can put me out of my misery and tell me the name of the performer/song. There is a whole website devoted to dozens of songs about Mercedes Benz cars – largely hiphop – but this doesn’t feature.
Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz
I daresay that this isn’t new to many ‘Spillers, but it is, for me, the Mercedes Benz song (it was a recurring earworm when Mr. Zala bought himself an ancient UniMog). The song is a lighthearted look at material desires and pecuniary shortage.
Pearl Bailey – Easy Street
Another version of an old classic. Pearl Bailey nails it, in my opinion.
Speech Debelle – I’m With It
The first single off Speech Debelle’s new album suggests a branching out for the Mercury winner from her debut, Speech Therapy – although this is the radio version and we’ve not heard anything else from the album, which is due out some time in February.
Esquerita – Rockin’ The Joint
Esquerita, real name Eskew Reeder, was the guy who taught Little Richard the piano. Very popular for a time around New Orleans, he also had a massive following in France. He and Richard’s other mentor, Billy Wright (not the former England football captain) were part of the very big gay scene in 50s New Orleans. Esquerita was known for outlandish stage clothes and a foot high pompadour hair style.
Whatever, this rocks!
This one sort of wandered away in a direction I wasn’t expecting. Incredibly, we even have what seems to be something close to an exclusive, courtesy of our anonymous contributor.
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