Some space-themed pop

Last weekend.

Saturday morning; kitchen; radio 2; Sounds of the ’60s – and a fun-sounding doo-wop kind of song that was almost over by the time I’d cottoned on to it

The Ran-Dells were from New Jersey and this was a one-hit wonder in 1963. But how wonderful ! Apparently it was the ‘first pop record to use additive synthesis from sine-wave generators’. I’d never come across it before, but it reached number one in France, Israel, and West Germany.

Sunday evening; kitchen; 6 Music; Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone – and another irresistibly-fun, quirky, unknown, tune

The track is from Julian Cope’s (of Teardrop Explodes fame) 1996 Interpreter album, which presumably contains further items of interest. It was only when I checked out both tunes together on youtube that I realised what a terrific pairing they make.

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