It’s A Gas

I was watching a programme about India recently and this song, Ananda Shankar’s sitar version of Jumpin’ Jack Flash was playing in the background. My first reaction was ‘all those thousands of songs played by Indian musicians and they have to choose a Stones cover, bah humbug, grumble grumble etc’. But then I checked myself and thought ‘well, Ananda Shankar was a Bengali musician so there is that’ and ‘the song is a magnificent blast so stop being stupid’. I think I first became aware of it thanks to David Holmes’ Essential Selection where it fitted in perfectly with that mid 90s pick ‘n’ mix aesthetic, rock and roll and funk and soul and everything else too.

Jumpin’ Jack Flash

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2 Responses

  1. first heard this in May 92 at a sign of the times party, where Weatherall finished one of the best sets i had ever heard, with it…he had already played his remix of MBV as well as Papua New Guinea…for what its worth, i remember Richard Fearless fell fast asleep underneath a speaker in the middle of weatherall’s set, don’t know how he managed that

  2. That sounds like a good night Mark. To put it mildly.

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