With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

Music trivia, useless info, extra added random stuff and the odd rant from me

Play It Again Mayhem – “Everybody Was Rockin'” – Betty Wright May 13, 2020

This is the first of an occasional series of songs that I don’t believe ever got the airplay they deserved. The idea came to me on 9th May after I heard this Betty Wright track on one of my Spotify playlists, spookily she died the following day and she was only around five years older than me! Anyway, I remember buying this single as a US import from a little record shop in Windsor Street, Uxbridge. I had heard it once on the radio when it was released in the US in 1974 and never heard it again on UK radio at the time. It was included on Betty’s 1974 album ‘Danger High Voltage’ along with two singles that did make the UK charts, “Shoorah Shoorah” and “Where Is The Love”. Her UK releases at the time were on the RCA label, but my US 7 inch was on the Alston label. Many people will know Betty Wright from perhaps her biggest hit “Clean Up Woman” from 1971. I love that tune, but my favourite song by her is “Everybody Was Rockin'” by a long way. It was written and produced by Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke. What gives it that real funky pop punch though is the band, which is in effect KC and the Sunshine Band, you can tell from that awesome signature horn sound. Put on your boogie shoes and have a dance to this gem of a track that did not and does not get enough airtime!

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“Or at midnight it’s never too soon to wanna please you to wanna hold you” October 31, 2010

Are you sick of Halloween yet?

I know that for some of you this may be a little late, but I simply couldn’t resist a brief Halloween post! So here are five spooky songs for your horrific delectation………..Trick Or Treat!!!

Kicking off with the scariest of the bunch, Rob Zombie‘s White Zombie manage to turn KC and the Sunshine Band‘s “I’m Your Boogie Man” into a total scarefest. As a bonus you get a rather strange introduction by the bizarre Dr Spooky

Next up with the definitive version of “I Put A Spell On You” it’s the wonderful Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Now I couldn’t have a Halloween post without the late, great Screaming Lord Sutch could I so here he is with “Jack The Ripper” and an added bonus of “Dracula’s Daughter

This next one is a disco guilty pleasure of mine, it’s “Soul Dracula” by Hot Blood, strangely enough after putting a stake in the charts with this they never came back, clearly not fully paid up members of the undead then were they?

Finally it’s Marilyn Manson (aka Brian Warner) with “This Is Halloween” from Tim Burton‘s rather splendid “A Nightmare Before Christmas” In fact the video features the movie.


“Is it really necessary 4 me 2 go out of the room, just because u wanna undress?” March 31, 2009

Well here we are again and it’s the end of March, that’s a quarter of the year gone already, where did it go exactly? I mean you often hear people say where did the time go, but does it actually go anywhere? Answers on a postcard please or just in the blog comments, or maybe you don’t have the time, if that’s the case where did it go? I mean you often hear…….. oh bloody hell it’s not Groundhog Day is it? 😉

I was going to call this post Big Balls and Sugar Walls, read on and I’m sure you’ll guess why!

If you read yesterdays post you may recall that I spoke about some of the search stats for the blog, well don’t worry I’m not going into that much detail today! But I just had to tell you that there have been 4 searches using the phrase ‘invisible man and invisible women naked’ that have arrived at this blog. The reason they arrived here is that in a previous post I made a joke comment about the invisible man in a picture. however what interests me is why anyone would search for something like that, I mean how would you know from a picture that the invisible man or woman was naked? So if you are prepared to admit it was you who searched then let me know. Also let us know whether you actually found the picture too.

I spent the usual ridiculous amount of time trying to buy Reading Festival tickets last night. The Seetickets site was down almost from the start and the Ticketmaster site seemed to have run out of tickets in a matter of minutes. As for the telephone lines, what a waste of space! So rather than give up I tried Viagogo, official ticket exchange partner of the Reading and Leeds Festivals. Viagogo are aimed at preventing touts from scamming money off real music fans, that is a principle I totally support. However when I pay more than double the face value and also get hit with a £50 plus admin fee my support diminishes somewhat. This seems no better than touting to me. What is the answer in the longer term, probably a Glastonbury style registration system and also stop putting the tickets on sale at 19.00 on a Monday evening, what happened to 9.00? when tickets used to go on sale in the morning they were usually available throughout the day. I have been going to the Reading leg of the festival for around 20 years and have missed only one in that time, but the shambolic way the tickets are sold tells me that I could be in line for missing more in future. Well at least the line up is pretty strong. Headliners are Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead. I was totally gobsmacked that Radiohead are appearing, I mean I love them, but they always seemed like more of a Glasto or V Festival band. As for the rumours of AC/ DC or Blink 182 headlining, well that came to nothing. But already the rumour mill for Reading 2010 is turning and suggests that two of the headliners will be Blink 182 and Green Day. If that’s correct remember where you read it first ok? 😉

Reading Festival 2009 Line Up

Reading Festival 2009 Line Up

Now on to the usual stuff, starting with a birthday. It is Angus Young off of AC/DC’s 54th birthday today. Although some sources have him as 52 or 50, this is thought to have come about following comments made to the press when he first adopted the school uniform look for gigs. Although a part of one of the biggest and best Aussie bands ever, Angus McKinnon Young was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He was just 18 when he formed AC/DC in 1973 with his brother Malcolm. They took the name from seeing those letters on the back of a sewing machine owned by their mother. Here is Angus with the rest of the AC/ DC gang with “Big Balls

probably the only 50 something man who might seem attractive to Michael Jackson, but only if he is fooled by the school uniform!

probably the only 50 something man who might seem attractive to Michael Jackson, but only if he is fooled by the school uniform!

On this day in 1967 Jimi Hendrix began his first British tour with Cat Stevens. It was on this tour that Hendrix set fire to his guitar for the first time

No one could light farts the way Jimi could. The wind didn't cry Mary it cried fan me and flame me!

No one could light farts the way Jimi could. The wind didn't cry Mary it cried fan me and flame me!

And on this day in 1987 Prince’s – ‘Sign O’ The Times’ double album was released. The Purple One actually intended it to be a triple album but Warner Bros talked him down to a 22 track double album. I still rate this as my favourite Prince album. he even duets with Sheena Easton on “U Got The Look”. Although my favourite songs are “Starfish And Coffee” and “If I Was Your Girlfriend“. He also wrote a rather risque song for Ms Easton called “Sugar Walls”

Say what you like about Prince but he sure had big balls, well at least one anyway!

Say what you like about Prince but he sure had big balls, well at least one anyway!

And finally on this day in 1992 White Zombie’s ‘La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. One’ was released. It was their first release on a major label. The band named themselves after a Bela Lugosi film and lasted until the fabulous Rob Zombie left in 1998. In 1993 their single “Thunder Kiss ’65” was played hundreds of times on MTV. Here are White Zombie with a fantastic video and cover of KC and the Sunshine Band’s “I’m Your Boogie Man

So they made ugly music for ugly people did they?..........

So they made ugly music for ugly people did they?..........

....... yeah she is butt ugly right? ;-)

....... yeah she is butt ugly right? 😉


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