Sunday, November 25, 2007

I love you, hate you, love you, hate you, love you...

I have a fantasy about pubs and clubs in the early 70s. You know, the Wheeltappers type, somewhere you might perhaps find on a caravan park in Blackpool or 'down the Legion', or, loathe as I am to say it, the kind embodied in Phoenix Nights.

Fag smoke, swirly wallpaper, raffle, a turn or two, everyone in their finery for a night out. I never went to one of these places, not in the evening at least, so my fantasy is, the jukebox between 1970 and '75 might have looked something like this ipod playlist below (sorry, I don't know how to attach MP3s/4s or I would). It's easy listening, stuff brought back from holidays abroad, something slightly Eurovisiony, instrumentals, light country, some of those Fifties and Sixties rereleases that all made the charts again in the early 70s, and more. Club acts would probably have done their own interpretations of quite of few of these songs.

I was inspired to create this by the 1973 Top of The Pops chart rundown on the fantastic blog by Planet Mondo. Look! There's Wink Martindale (whenever I think of him I always think of his pic here, as do I Ringo Starr in the album), Perry Como, Max Bygraves, an Opp Knocks winner and others incongruously nuzzling up to Gary Glitter, Family, Bob Dylan, The Sweet and Mud, etc.

I'm glad I got that off my chest. But whatever you do, don't call it cheese!

Something/Shirley Bassey
Sugar Baby Love/The Rubettes
Me And You And A Dog Named Boo/Lobo
What Are You Doing Sunday/Tony Orlando & Dawn
You Make Me Feel Brand New/The Stylistics
Dancing On a Saturday Night/Barry Blue
El Bimbo/Bimbo Jet
Take Good Care of Yourself/The Three Degrees
Part of the Union/The Strawbs
A Little Love And Understanding/Gilbert Becaud
She/Charles Aznavour
The Night Chicago Died/Paper Lace
Misty/Ray Stevens
I'd Love You to Want Me/Lobo
Deck of Cards/Wink Martindale
Love Me Love My Dog/Peter Shelley
Me And My Life/The Tremeloes
I Will Return/Springwater
Welcome Home/Peters & Lee
Solitaire/Andy Williams
Tears On My Pillow (I Can't Take It)/Johnny Nash
Brandy/Scott English
Girls/Moments & The Whatnauts
What a Difference a Day Makes/Esther Phillips
Wonderful Dream/Anne-Marie David
Cracklin' Rosie/Neil Diamond
Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree'/Dawn Feat. Tony Orlando
Sweet Caroline/Neil Diamond
Banks Of The Ohio/Olivia Newton-John
An American Trilogy/Elvis Presley
Star On A TV Show/The Stylistics
Did You Ever/Nancy & Lee
(Is This The Way To) Amarillo/Tony Christie
For The Good Times/Perry Como
Let Me Try Again/Tammy Jones
Who's In The Strawberry Patch With Sally/Dawn Feat. Tony Orlando
Something Old Something New/The Fantastics
Smarty Pants/First Choice
Paloma Blanca/George Baker Selection
Sugar Candy Kisses/Mac & Katie Kissoon
Can't Give You Anything But My Love/The Stylistics
The Night/Frankie Valli
Tonight/The Rubettes
Beg, Steal Or Borrow/New Seekers
Sunday Morning/Daniel Boone
No Matter How I Try/Gilbert O'Sullivan
Storm In A Teacup/The Fortunes
Vado via/Drupi
Blanket On the Ground/Billie Jo Spears
Superstar/The Carpenters
United We Stand/The Brotherhood Of Man
Don't Stay Away Too Long/Peters & Lee
When Will I See You Again/Three Degrees
I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)/The Moody Blues
You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me/New Seekers
Pillow Talk/Sylvia
Betcha By Golly, Wow/The Stylistics
Take Me Home Country Roads/Olivia Newton-John
Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)/Edison Lighthouse
Top Of The World/The Carpenters
Honey Honey/Sweet Dreams
I Am..I Said/Neil Diamond
Who Do You Think You Are?/Candlewick Green
Wide Eyed and Legless/Andy Fairweather Low
Knock Three Times/Dawn
Candida/Dawn Feat. Tony Orlando
Power to All Our Friends/Cliff Richard
If You Think You Know How to Love Me/Smokie
Liverpool Lou (Single Version)/Scaffold
Sealed With A Kiss/Brian Hyland
Hello Summertime/Bobby Goldsboro
Sad Sweet Dreamer/Sweet Sensation
Honey/Bobby Goldsboro
Feelings/Morris Albert
Circles/New Seekers
There Are More Questions Than Answers/Johnny Nash
Paper Roses/Marie Osmond
Three Steps To Heaven/Showaddywaddy
Nothing Rhymed/Gilbert O'Sullivan
Bily Don't Be a Hero/Paper Lace
All Kinds of Everything/Dana
My Eyes Adored You/Frankie Valli
And I Love You So/Perry Como
Scotch On The Rocks/Band Of The Black Watch
She's A Lady/Tom Jones
Go (Before You Break My Heart)/Gigliola Cinquetti
Las Vegas/Tony Christie
I'm Leaving It (All) Up to You/Donny & Marie Osmond
The Twelfth of Never/Donny Osmond
The Last Farewell/Roger Whittaker
I Honestly Love You/Olivia Newton-John
Gasoline Alley Bred/The Hollies
You Can Do Magic/Limmie & Family Cookin'
Avenues & Alleyways/Tony Christie
Please Tell Him That I Said Hello/Dana
Doctor's Orders/Sunny
I Can Do It/The Rubettes
Y Viva Espana/Sylvia
Our Last Song Together/Neil Sedaka
The Air That I Breathe/The Hollies
Where Do I Begin?/Andy Williams
My Little One/Marmalade
Dolly My Love/The Moments
Annie's Song/John Denver
Summer (The First Time)/Bobby Goldsboro
Spanish Eyes/Al Martino
Hurt So Good/Susan Cadogan
I'm Stone in Love With You/Johnny Mathis
Kissin' In The Back Row Of The Movies/The Drifters
24 Sycamore/Gene Pitney
Eye Level/Simon Park Orchestra
Never Never Never/Shirley Bassey**
The Most Beautiful Girl Charlie Rich
Mouldy Old Dough/Lieutenant Pigeon
I Get A Little Sentimental Over You/New Seekers
That Same Old Feeling/Pickettywitch
Swing Your Daddy/Jim Gilstrap
Sing Baby Sing/The Stylistics
Let's Twist Again/Chubby Checker
The Young New Mexican Puppeteer/Tom Jones
I Don't Believe In If Anymore/Roger Whittaker
Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose/Dawn Feat. Tony Orlando
Don't Play Your Rock 'N' Roll to Me/Smokie
Happy to Be On an Island in the Sun/Demis Roussos
Stuck In The Middle With You/Stealers Wheel
Seasons In The Sun/Terry Jacks
Home Lovin' Man/Andy Williams
I Can Help/Billy Swan
You're a lady/Peter Skellern
Lay Down/The Strawbs
Your Kiss Is Sweet/Syreeta
Soley Soley/Middle Of The Road
I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing/New Seekers
If/Telly Savalas
D-I-V-O-R-C-E/Tammy Wynette
Born With a Smile On My Face/Stephanie De Sykes
Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha/Cliff Richard
Sad Old Kinda Movie/Pickettywitch
Mamy Blue/Pop-Tops
Long Live Love/Olivia Newton-John
Love On a Mountain Top/Robert Knight
New World In the Morning/Roger Whittaker
A Walkin' Miracle/Limmie & Family Cookin'
There's A Whole Lot Of Lovin'/Guys & Dolls
Sweet Talkin' Guy/Chiffons
It's Impossible/Perry Como
Amazing Grace/Judy Collins
Till/Tom Jones
I Did What I Did For Maria/Tony Christie
Yellow River'/Christie
My Baby Loves Lovin'/White Plains
Stand By Your Man/Tammy Wynette

**Current favourite song. Mrs F-C particularly likes to sing the 'I love you, hate you, love you, hate you, love you til the words stops turning' bit at me.


Planet Mondo said...

FC thanks for the link up - what a perfect playlist

I'd recommend checking out Working Mens Soul

A compilation of tracks (originals and covers )by the acts that used to play these clubs, it's a jamboree bag of goodies.

Divshare is the way to go with uploading and embedding tracks all free and unlimted storage too. Here's a link to an FC related nugget.

And could also imagine these dusty nuggets on the jukebox
No Matter What - Badfinger
Spiders And Snakes - Jim Stafford
The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp - O C Smith
Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves - Cher
Down By The Lazy River - The Osmonds
It's In His Kiss - Linda Lewis
Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson
Year Of Decision - The Three Degrees
Harry Chapin - W.O.L.D

Five-Centres said...

Of course. How could I have overlooked these gems.
Thanks for that link - I'll try and work out how to to do it.
And where did you find that F-C ad? And only sixpence too!

ally. said...

i'm afraid i'm going to have to track you down to a particularly dark and scary bit of your way home and relieve you of your i pod. that's a tip top selection and i want it.
sorry and all but what's a girl to do...

Five-Centres said...

I'll be looking over my shoulder for weeks, now!

office pest said...

Have enjoyed a visit over to Planet Mondo F-C, so thanks. On a similar theme to the Five Centres audio clip, here's a link to some old cinema ads.
'Do Yourself a Favour' and at 2.45 you'll find a complete gem for Fry's 'Medley', the original name for Five Centres. Such a Tommy Steele take-off; looks like it was shot in the local fine fare! Pretty hot checkout girl at the end as well.
The rest of the ads in the clip are great too, nerve tonics for your depression, girdles for your waistline and the final 'local ads', with - yes of course - the local Indian restaurant. Superb.

Clair said...

Ooh,that's made me very happy. I've just got hold of that record by The Fantastics, which reminds me of almost killing myself in a car crash on the way to a friend's wedding in Sussex whilst listening to it. And the reception turned into a bit of a car-crash, too.

Five-Centres said...

THanks for that OP, most enjoyable.

Music and cars very often don't mix for you, do they Clair!

chris said...

I think you should start a club night with this playlist, F-C. In fact, you could just call it Club Night.

I'd be there.

Clair said...

...apart from Loud Music In Cars by Billy Bremner!

Planet Mondo said...

FC found the ad here

The youtube treat I'm busting to track down is an old cartoon cinema ad, that ended with the phrase "'ere Bert this is the place[add name of local carpet/car sales shop]"

ally. said...

and i always liked the term 'loungecore'

LF Barfe said...

My chief memory of the clubland of my childhood was the number of 'Take my wife' comedians who ended their act by singing 'My Life' by Billy Joel. As an adult, I realise the significance. They clearly believed that they were the guy who gave it all up for "a stand-up routine in LA". As I grew up in Surrey, they must have meant Lower Addiscombe.

I only caught the arse end of it, but it was fab. Meat raffles, "Maggie's den - number 10!", the organ and drums duo with the drummer playing everything as a military two-step, C&W singers in full rhinestone gear who turned up in a Morris Marina coupe and talked in a thick Brummie accent until the mic was switched on. As much as I struggle to like Peter Kay as a personality, he got Phoenix Nights absolutely spot on, the ents secretary who sang 'Delilah' every week - causing ripples of shock and derision every bit as potent as 'What the fuck's Britney up to?' when he swapped his greaser's quiff for a shaggy perm. Jerry St Clair and Brian Potter were real, take it from me. Give me a half-pint of lemonade and a bag of plain crisps, my memory will supply the smell of fags and the sound of the bingo blower.

You want Bimbo Jet? Here's the TOTP orchestra doing a cover.

LF Barfe said...

Fuck yes. If you ever want to make this a reality, F-C, I can get a house band together very quickly.

Matthew Rudd said...

The Last Farewell is marvellous. The version by Elvis Presley is a bit daring and rich, given that it goes on about "old England" and its mists and hills and dells. he should have changed it to "old Scotland", obviously.