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David Gates - Suite, Clouds & Rain

With all the bad weather we have just had from freezing snow to territorial rain My first song is Clouds Suit from David Gates probably one of the best records ever made that hardly ever gets played on the radio. A true classic track that you will love the first time you listen , from his first LP called David Gates from 1973.

Maurice March 2010

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - The Tale Of The Giant Stone Eater - Click On Cover To Play


I have never fully understood this song but it remains in my top 10 tracks of all time, a true master piece from SAHB. I love the way the story teller Alex Harvey and Zal the guitarist manage to mix the whole song together. Not for getting Hugh Mckenna on keyboards who co wrote song with Harvey. Many of the lines of this song have stuck in my ear for years also known as an “ear worm” a song or tune you cant get out of your head. I could be anywhere at anytime and something I see or do will trigger the worm and one of the lines of the song will play in my head. On many occasions I will end up singing or saying the lyric out aloud and my parter will say “what!” some great lines .

And these are the ear worms that can play in my head at any time. 

Love Unlimited - Walking In The Rain With The One I Love - Click On Cover To Play

I love this song as it comes from the best era for soul records, the early seventies. I remember buying this one from Woolworths and I still have the record now. I think I bought it in 1975 when it charted here but it possibly was released in the states in 1972, according to a compilation CD I have got. Love Unlimited were the backing singers to the Walrus of Love, Barry White and with the backing band the Love Unlimited Orchestra (there seems to be a theme here, “loves theme” perhaps. Another good tune), appeared on most of Barry’s tracks.

Getting back to the song it’s to celebrate the wonderful weather that we are enjoying at the moment. It is a song of how love can even overcome a good soaking. It starts with a rain storm and finishes with the wonderful telephone conversation at the end where the girls build sit up and rings Barry White, she says “Baby, I’ve got something to tell you” and Barry White says romantically “What”.

A great song from a great era, must look out for some of their albums.

Duncan March 2010

John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett - Cherylís Going Home - Click On Cover To Play

This is the second of my stormy influenced tracks this month. The only connection to a storm though, is the opening line “the thunder cracked against the night” a great line. My son, when he was doing his English GCSE course work asked me for a hand. I wrote a short story for him and started off with that opening, he got an A for that piece off work. The other topical connection is for poor old Ashley Cole, but his version is “Cheryl’s leaving home.” Shame. This has always been one of my faves but I was really surprised when going to work, listening to Sound of the 60’s on a Saturday morning and hearing this song over the radio. Not by Otway though, but the original by American folkie Bob Lind. It was the bside off his 1966 hit “Elusive butterfly.”

Getting back to Otway and Barrett they had a good album and one of the best bsides ever “Beware of all the flowers” a great song. The aside was excellent as well “Cor baby that’s really free.” I also saw Otway on Christmas Eve 1977 or it might have been 1978 at the Chelmsford Rock club, I can’t remember the year but I do know that the gig was in my top 5 of all time. Even John Otway who must have done 1000’s of shows mentions this one in his biography. The gig was just after Otway and Barrett split up. Musical differences, Wild Willy was a musician and Otway was an idiot. He is a great showman though and still tours. I still go to see him now but he will never be as good as that first time.

Duncan March 2010

The Stranglers - Go Buddy Go - Click On Cover To Play

I am highlighting this song for our forthcoming trip to Hammersmith Apollo on the 19th of March. What do you say about the Stranglers, riding on the Punk wave in 77, but not really a Punk band. A musically sound band with Dave Greenfields organ (no joke intended) setting them apart from most of the other emerging bands of the time. Possibly a poor mans Doors. I love this song, it always reminds me off a holiday in Newquay in 1977. There used to be a disco there called something like Boom Boom, I don’t thinks thats right but it was something like that. They used to play this song all the time as a break from the disco and northern soul. We used to have a good jump about to this. The other song I remember from here was Tainted Love by Gloria Jones. I can always remember the northern boys with bags carrying 2 pairs of shoes and talcum powder. This was to assist them in dancing, we laughed about them then, really thoutgh it was a real cool scene. Anyway back to the song, I was at the Arsenal the other night watching them take Porto apart and at half time they always play good music, Clash, Jam etc. This song came on and all those memories came flooding back and just seemed to make it the right record for this piece. The strange thing about this song was that it was part of a double A side. It got overlooked due to the stength of the flip side, the wonderful “Peaches.” “Go Buddy Go” is just a simple high-energy song that makes you feel good and want to dance. So as the start of the record goes


Duncan March 2010


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