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Category Archives: Vinyl

Hey Sister Soul Sister

I come bearing vintage performance clips of my favorite ’70s ladies, dig? Our first clip has The Three Degrees singing their singature hit, “When Will I See You Again” — in Japanese. Apparently the foxy trio starred in their own TV special over there (see YouTube for other clips). The number is surprisingly not the train wreck it coulda been; they acquainted themselves well with another language. All the while looking fabulous, of course.

Here’s lovely and vivacious Freda Payne performing on The Mike Douglas Show in 1975. Although “Yours To Have” didn’t set the world afire like “Band of Gold” did, Ms. Payne gives her all and appears elegant as ever. Note the way she casually tosses her microphone offstage at the end — classy!

What a Concept

Browse through the A.V. Club’s 12 Delightfully Odd Concept Albums and be thankful that the Concept Album concept hasn’t translated to the digital download age. Even the Osmonds did one!

Love, Peace and Op Art Minis

I came across a couple of deliciously mod music performances from YouTube to share here. First off, how groovy are The 5th Dimenion doing “Paper Cup”? Bedazzled uploaded this video a few months back. Love the choreography and their vivid red, white and blue outfits. This Jimmy Webb tune peaked at #34 in late 1967.

Our second clip is cool, real cool — singing duo Jackie & Roy performing “The Word”. Jackie Cain and Roy Kral are special faves of mine, the epitomy of a certain kind of swanky jazzy hipster supper club ’60s vocalese. This particular number is atypical for them (pop/rock covers weren’t their usual bag), but they acquaint themselves with The Beatles pretty well. And I didn’t know that Roy played keyboards until seeing this clip! Check them out.

Mom Always Said Not to Share Music in the House

Mondo Daddykin comes through again, offering just about everything The Brady Bunch ever recorded for download. This includes the Sunshine Day CD comp, all four studio albums, and various solo and TV-only recordings. I said it here before and I’ll say it again — their Phonographic Album LP from 1973 is a pretty darn great collection of tunes. You just can’t beat the Brady kids singing “Summer Breeze,” and the fuzz guitar solo on “I Want You to Want Me” rocks!

Hated It Then, Totally Dig It Now

Fess-up time. I just finished compiling a mix CD called Hit Factory: The Stock Aitken Waterman Years, 18 songs by the most critically derided dance-pop production team that ever was. SAW were huge in the UK (not so much in the US) around 1987-90. The trio is best known for sugary, synth-heavy confections produced for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley and Bananarama. Back then, I was indifferent to that sort of thing — it was just another ingredient in the soufflé of post-Madonna dance pop. I enjoyed Erasure and Dead Or Alive (another SAW client), but most of my musical interests lied in darker, more rock-oriented stuff.

Now, on the other hand, I find myself fascinated by their work — and it’s pretty damn brilliant. I can groove to Boy Krazy’s “That’s What Love Can Do” without shame. The dense layering of synths and catchy melodic thrust in their music can be enjoyed without irony. Working on this mix made me realize that they also delved into more hardcore dance-clubby material, like Lonnie Gordon’s “Happening All Over Again” and Divine’s “You Think You’re a Man” (yes, the Hairspray star was an early SAW collaborator). Then again, maybe it helps that much of those overseas smashes they did flew under America’s radar back then. Therefore it sounds fresher, at least to my ears.

Anyway, I wanted to ask you, dear readers, if you have anything to share under the “hated it then, totally dig it now” category. It can be music, movies, TV, whatever. Do you secretly covet Full House repeats? Are there undiscovered gems in the cinematic efforts of Michael J. Fox? Let me know!

Rosemary, Lilac and Heather

You’ll recall that last week I linked to an old Rock Flowers doll commercial. Now it appears that music blogger Mondo Daddykin has made available most of Rock Flowers’ recorded output for download — their two albums along with one of the three singles originally sold with the rockin’ dolls. Out of sight, man. This and much more alluring and hard to find vintage bubblegum can be found at Mondo Daddykin (thanks to Ion for the tip!!). Update: now it’s the complete Rock Flowers. Groovy.