This is one of those songs that comes up every now and then on Sounds of the 60s that makes you think ‘wow’.
Band and song were completely unknown so I’m happy to be informed by wikipedia that the group is ‘best known for the 1965 hit single She’s About A Mover written by Doug Sahm’ and the song ‘has an infectious Vox Continental organ riff provided by Augie Meyers with soulful vocals from Sahm’
Sir Henry, written and performed by Vivian Stanshall, was released in 1978. It’s a mix of spoken word, comedy, poetry, and fills both sides of a vinyl LP. I instantly fell in love with beautiful wordplay, terrific one-liners, subversive imagery, and Vivian’s rich baritone delivery.
Mike Livesley must have been a fan too. So much so that he recently decided to recreate the whole thing. He learned the lot, in all its complexity, and has performed the piece on occasion to highly appreciative audiences these last few years. Thanks to T for enabling me to see Sir Henry Lives at St. Georges, Bristol in January 2012.
It’s wonderful to see Rawlinson revived in this way. Mike’s achievement is quite astonishing. The only downside is that the original is so familiar that any deviation comes across as (slightly) second best. Mike doesn’t quite match that deep baritone I mentioned earlier. Verbal clarity, however, is improved – bringing out every word in all its glory.
Here is Neil Innes introducing the show at Liverpool in October 2012. If I wanted to be overly-critical I might say that the very start is slightly unsatisfactory, but once things settle down…
For the original, get the CD from Amazon, and for Mike Livesley’s show visit Sir Henry Lives.
I listen to BBC Radio 4 quite a bit, via the radio and (probably to a greater extent) through a group of podcasts that I subscribe to. Until today though, I’d never come across their advent calendar – a set of short comedy clips – one for each day of December.
It just so happened this morning, mid-breakfast (tea, bread, butter, jam / honey / marmalade), that I caught the Today Programme ‘opening’ the 2 December ‘window’. Utterly charming, uplifting – and licence-fee-justifying in one fell swoop – here is 2 minutes 35 seconds of Alistair McGowan at his best
Rhythm Is A Dancer needs no introduction from me. However let me focus attention on the 1992 Snap! original. And to acknowledge writers Benito Benitez and John ‘Virgo’ Garrett III, and female singer Thea Austin. I’m not a lyric man so needed wikipedia to bring my attention to the line: ‘I’m as serious as cancer when I say rhythm is a dancer’
Actually there are some notable covers around. Those of special interest offer a new perspective, such as this version by Israeli / Italian acoustic artist Sagi Rei
I didn’t know of Electric Lady Lab. According to wikipedia they are a recent / current Danish electro-pop duo, featuring singer Stine Hjelm Jacobsen. You & Me is described as sampling Rhythm Is A Dancer
What was interesting about hearing this on 6-Music was that although it seemed familiar, with its to-die-for guitar riff, I couldn’t actually place it. I was unable to identify title, artist, or year. For the benefit of the doubt, What Is Life is taken from George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass album, which dates from 1970 – which I could argue is slightly before my time
This concerns the 1979 film. Its memory recently popped into my head – seemingly unprompted. I remember really liking it at the time, but haven’t seen it since then and can’t recall it in any detail. My plan is to get it on DVD and discover whether it lives up to expectations.
There’s plenty of 1970s culture around these days but younger generation awareness of The Warriors as a film seems low. There was some familiarity with the movie-inspired video game, although interest was muted due to its association with a gaming system deemed to be inferior.
According to wikipedia, The Warriors received terrible contemporary reviews, although it now appears to have been rehabilitated as something of a cult classic. Here’s the trailer
And the wonderful theme
So begins Tom Robinson’s listing of Ghosts by Birdeatsbaby on the 7 October Introducing Mixtape.
It presents me with a problem. The Rainbow Stargazer post is fresh in my mind so I’m keenly aware of its brilliance. And I’ve only just posted Nadine Shah Aching Bones – pretty amazing too. Which leaves me with precious few superlatives to apply to this