With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

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

“Did she come from a strange world and leave her mind behind” August 19, 2017

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Have you ever wondered about the title of Nick Drake’s ‘Five Leaves Left’, his 1969 début album? Did you think maybe it sounded spiritual or maybe profound? Well it might sound that way, but it was inspired by the fact he’d nearly run out of Rizlas for his, presumably, Wacky Baccy rollups! In fact Rizla packets used to include a note towards the end which said something like “only five leaves left”. Do they still have that?


“I’m gone, beatin’ my chest like King Kong” – Advent post day5 December 5, 2013

stock-vector-number-christmas-tree-decoration-part-of-a-full-set-vector-7696528Wow this December is flying past at a right old pace isn’t it. I have just ripped off the cardboard flap marked number 5 on my Spiderman advent calendar. Incidentally it’s a Spiderman advent calendar so why is there a chocolate teddy bear behind the door? Anyway along with this years blog advent calendar theme I have two great songs with the number five in the title for you today.

the-stranglers-5-minutesFirst up is the Stranglers with “5 Minutes”. It was the band’s fifth UK top 50 hit when it reached number 11 in 1978. The song was written by the band and sung by Jean-Jacques Burnel. It was produced my much-lauded UK producer Martin Rushent. The song is about a rape that took place in a flat he shared in the 70s. It conveys his feelings on discovering the five men who committed the attack and has both English and French lyrics. Burnel is a karate 6th Dan Black belt and heads up Shidokan UK. When the band first formed in 1974 they were known as Wanderlust and then became the Guildford Stranglers before finally becoming the Stranglers.


The second song to offer you tremendous aural pleasure today comes from Luniz with their 1995 hit “I Got 5 On It”. The song made it to number 3 in the UK charts and number 8 in the USA. It was taken from their album ‘Operation Stackola’. The band were originally called Luni-Tunes and consisted of two key members; Yukmouth (born Jerold Ellis III) and Numskull (born Garrick Husbands). The meaning of the phrase ‘I Got 5 On It’ in the songs context is to go halfs with someone else on a $10 bag of dope. Anyone up for that? Where’s me Rizlas?


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