Kissing In The Back Row, That’s How We Missed The Movie

Another Clash sampling song to start the week, following last week’s threesome and  also suggested by Drew. This  time it is from the righteous reggae rock of Armagideon Time, a two note organ riff played by Blockhead Mickey Gallagher and used as the basis for one of Deee Lite’s hippy-dippy house grooves Apple Juice Kissing. It’s a big jump from ‘a lot of people won’t get any justice tonight’ to ‘kissing in the back row, that’s how we missed the movie’ but it works really well.

Deee Lite are seen as a one hit wonder and there’s no doubting Groove Is In The Heart’s power to rock a party twenty five years after its release but there was more to them than that one single. The What Is Love? Holographic Goatee Mix is a bubbling, dancefloor treat.



Willie Williams ‘Armagideon Time’

You realise you’re into the record buying lark deeply when you start trying to track down the original versions of songs covered by your favourite bands. Two decades ago I started collecting the songs The Clash covered, on vinyl wherever possible. In these internet times it’s a lot easier. I held out from buying a cd player until about 1996, which made things doubly hard. Once I started buying cds tracks became easier to get hold of due to the re-issue culture cd encouraged, although the price was often extortionate. I remember looking at an Equals compilation in Market Street HMV which had Police On My Back on it for £16.99. More recently Paul Simonon compiled a cd for Trojan containing most of the Clash cover originals, which is where this is taken from, although I’ve since duplicated it on a couple of reggae compilations. I still don’t have all the Clash cover songs on vinyl, although my 7″ of Bobby Fuller’s I Fought The Law has taken a battering over the years and was well worth the £5.99 I shelled out. This is Willie Williams’ brilliant Armagideon Time, famously covered by The Clash as the B-side to the London Calling single.

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