The Return Of Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 159

Hallowe’en rockabilly special- yes, it has to be The Cramps and The Creature From The Black leather Lagoon (off 1990’s top drawer Cramp-fest Stay Sick). This video is NSFW. In fact, it may not be safe for home either.

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Mandy

This one’s for Drew.

Mandy Smith, mainly famous for marrying the least cool Rolling Stone when she turned sixteen (and he was forty seven), had a pop career of sorts, after signing to Stock Aitken and Waterman. This song, I Just Can’t Wait, smashed the UK chart, peaking at number 91. It gained a remix (the Cool Jazzy Breezy Balearic Mix) which made it popular in certain late 80s clubs and circles, especially the legendary Shoom. It was also on the compilation album Balearic Beats Volume 1. Is it a balearic classic? You can decide for yourselves. Drew loves it.

The Face picked up on Shoom and Mandy Smith’s remix as this clipping  from 1988 shows…

Just to show how SAW-ish the original was (and by contrast how balearic that remix actually was)…

Don’t worry- we will never speak of this again.

How Much Are They?

It’s turning into a kind of interactive week at Bagging Area with reader suggestions and comments leading onto the next day’s posting, in a seamless blog-segue. Or something like that. Yesterday Echorich said he needed a Balearic compilation for a drive he’s undertaking across the US and went looking for a Jah Wobble, Holger Czukay and The Edge 12″. I’ afraid I am philosophically and morally unable to post anything involving the tax avoiding, overblown Irish rock band. And this song from Full Circle in 1982 is better anyway, featuring also some girls who turned up at the studio asking ‘How much are they?’

A little bit of internet digging led to this re-working/re-edit by Utopus, which is pretty smart.

Folky

A few years ago I had an idea that doing house music songs, especially vocal sample led ones, on an acoustic guitar could work well (if done well obviously. It could be really horrible in some peoples’ hands)- Pump Up The Volume, Theme From S’Express, Cowgirl, those kind of songs.

This came my way on Monday via the social media platform of regular reader/internet friend Paul Bob Horrocks and it’s really nicely done- a version of A Man Called Adam’s Barefoot In The Head by The Balearic Folk Orchestra, using voice, acoustic guitar and strings. Reflective and just right for these days.

Boy, Am I Gonna Wake You Up

We drove into town on Saturday and I had a Boys Own compilation on the car stereo which opened with Bocca Juniors’ summer of 1990 song Raise. They made a video which features a bunch of kids, gorgeous singer Anna Haigh and the rest of the Boys Own crew (Terry Farley in a hat, Andrew Weatherall with long hair). Very summer 1990. Although what you don’t get with this three minute version is the massive Thrashing Doves piano sample…

For that, you need this (and you really do need it)…

Bedroom Eyes

I  was playing Prince Fatty’s Supersize this weekend, an eleven song compilation of some of his best stuff, not very autumnal music admittedly. These two dubs are outstanding- Bedroom Eyes Dub has echo, rimshots, organ and bass.

That Very Night In Dub has the lovely voice of Hollie Cook, a sound that could grace any record.

How Did It Feel When The Clocks Went Back?

Is just one of the lines in this Baxter Dury song, Pleasure, off his new album. It’s a belting little tune, with a nagging 80s electro pop melody and some motorik backing and Baxter’s hard won wisdom.

The answer is ‘shit’ of course. It’s always shit when the clocks go back.