“Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?”
The Clovers – Blue Velvet
Most people know this song by Bobby Vinton, which was a hit in 1961 and again in the 80s when the film of that name came out. The Clovers were one of the top vocal groups of the 50s, often recording comedy (“Love Potion Number 9”) and upbeat songs. However, on this they sounded more like either The Orioles (a top 40s group) or even The Ink Spots. This was the original recording of the song.
The 6ths featuring Katherine Whalen – You You You You
I got this song from one of the Oxford American Music Samplers (hat tip TreeFrogDemon). (Katherine Whalen of the Squirrel Nut Zippers). This is so earwormy!
Icehouse – Crazy
I really, really loved this song when it was released, and I still think it’s ace. I used to feel very sorry for the character. Icehouse were an Australian rock band who veered towards pop (or, at least, they did on the album that this track comes from). Please ignore the fake radio bit at the beginning; I nabbed this from Youtube, and that nonsense was part of the official video.
Anna Calvi – Blackout
Forget the unfavourable comparisons with PJ Harvey, simply because it’s a forceful woman with a guitar; this is less angsty and more operatic, from a pretty impressive debut album, and the world is certainly big enough for the two of them.
Eurythmics – Love Is A Stranger
With their “Sweet Dreams” album, Annie and Dave proved that you could make distinctive, characterful, powerful music with synthesizers – and music that wouldn’t have worked on guitars. Nearly 30 years on, it still sounds fresh to me.
Rowetta – And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going
Rowetta was a backing singer for The Happy Mondays. Then she was a losing contestant on the first series of the X-Factor. She released one album. It may well have sold one copy. If so, I’ve got it. This song from the musical Dream Girls could have been written for her. Bigger and better and utterly bonkers. Rowetta sends me.
Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks! OK, so I keep dithering over what is happening with Earworms over the festive period. But after consultation with Shoey, the upshot is: Normal Earworms set on 12 December, Xmas Earworms set on 17 December (Saturday), no Earworms on 19 December (to make way for Festive Spill tunes), Normal Earworms service resumed on Boxing Day. (And while I’m here, I’m very aware that a couple of contributors at least have had to wait an awfully long time for recent submissions to appear – apologies for that! They will feature in the next week or two, I promise! Thanks for your patience. It’s only cos everyone’s been so good at sending stuff in recently!)