With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

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“I’m begging of you please don’t take my man” June 11, 2014


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Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Theme Park was once picketed by those racist pointy hooded wankers the Ku Klux Klan. This was simply because Dollywood hosts an annual Gay Day event. Anyway I may be straight but I am a supporter of anyone that isn’t a bigoted scumbag. So if anyone reading this has any liking for the KKK and their ilk please do us all a favour and simply FUCK OFF!

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“You ask how much I need you, must I explain?” – Advent day 12 December 12, 2013


5978003639_50e93ae9fbI’m getting just a little bit more excited now it is the 12th of December after all. In keeping with this years With Just A Hint Of Mayhem advent posts I have two diametrically opposed songs for you today. But obviously two that have the number twelve in their titles.

250px-Johnny_NashFirst up is the timeless song “Twelfth Of Never” which was initially recorded by Johnny Mathis in 1957. He apparently didn’t like the song and it was demoted to the B Side of “Chances Are”. The song has been recorded by many, many artists since then. The Mathis version made it to number 9 in the US charts and Donny Osmond took it to number one in the UK and number 8 in the USA in 1973. The list of cover versions is almost endless and includes; Nina Simone, Barry Gibb, Cliff Richard, Tammy Wynette, Chi-Lites, Glen Campbell, Cher, Dolly Parton, Roger Whittaker, Barry Manilow, Andy Williams, Olivia Newton John, Hank Marvin and Jeff Buckley. Jeff’s version can be found on the Legacy edition of ‘Live At The Sin E’ and remains very faithful to the Nina Simone version of the song. The regular readers among you will know that I am a big fan of Texan crooner Johnny Nash. In fact I would go as far as saying that his singing voice is my favourite voice ever. Anyway I haven’t posted about Mr Nash for quite a while so I thought I would use his version of the “Twelfth Of Never” taken from his 1968 album ‘Soul Folk’.

strokesThe second song today flows from the Julian Casablancas post from yesterday. It is “12:51” by the band that Julian is a big part of; the Strokes. The song was written by Mr Casablancas and was the first single released from the bands second album ‘Room On Fire’ in 2003. The song made it to number 7 in the UK and reached the top 40 in Ireland, Canada, the Netherlands and Sweden. The songs original title was “Supernova”. The video for the song was directed by Roman Ford Coppola, the son of Francis Ford Coppola and the cousin of Nicolas Cage. It has a theme that is very reminiscent of the ‘Tron’ the 1982 movie. When the band played a number of Japanese dates to support the release of the ‘Room On Fire’ album in 2003 they included a cover of the Frank Sinatra classic written by Paul Anka “My Way”, only they sang it with Japanese lyrics!

 

“though I saw it all around never thought I could be affected” August 28, 2013

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When Peter Gabriel decided that his song “Don’t Give Up” was to be a duet with a female vocalist he wanted Dolly Parton to share the vocals with him. Sadly though Dolly had no idea who he was and so turned him down. Kate Bush got the gig and put in a great performance too.

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The song comes from Peter’s most successful solo album ‘So’. “Don’t Give Up” was the second of five singles to be taken from the album. It reached number 9 in the UK chart in 1986 but sadly only made it to number 72 in the US. Sometimes Americans just don’t have any taste do they?

 

 
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