Grateful to Sounds of the 70s for this reminder
As heard on Radio 2’s Sounds of the 70s
I had no idea this is a Randy Newman song.
I’m slightly confused because I heard it on Sounds of the 70s, and the version I’m familiar with – by Alan price – dates from 1967.
The wikipedia entry is sparse but tagging suggests the original was written in 1967
I hardly know Steely Dan at all despite their peak being in my formative decade, the 70s.
I’m vaguely aware of Haitian Divorce but it only properly – and gloriously – entered my consciousness a few weeks ago when Johnnie Walker played it on Sounds of the 70s.
Wikipedia tells me it got to number 17 in 1976 so perhaps it was too minor a hit to register back then ?
The first 35 seconds of this clip are silent
Babs and clean willie were in love they said
So in love the preachers face turned red
Soon everybody knew the thing was dead
He shouts, she bites, they wrangle through the night
She go crazy
Got to make a getaway
Oh – no hesitation
No tears and no hearts breakin
Oh – congratulations
This is your haitian divorce
She takes the taxi to the good hotel
Bon marché as far as she can tell
She drinks the zombie from the cocoa shell
She feels alright, she get it on tonight
Take me where the music play
At the grotto
In the greasy chair
Sits the charlie with the lotion and the kinky hair
When she smiled, she said it all
The band was hot so
They danced the famous merengue
Now we dolly back
Now we fade to black
Tearful reunion in the usa
Day by day those memories fade away
Some babies grow in a peculiar way
It changed, it grew, and everybody knew
Whos this kinky so-and-so?
Driving on a Sunday makes me wish for digital radio in the car so I can listen to 6 Music. Radio 2’s not good at all so I tend to overlook Johnnie Walker’s Sounds of the 70s.
Excellent music was played, including Elton John’s version of Lucy In The Sky, Chicory Tip – Son Of My Father, and – sheepishly – Middle Of The Road – Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep. Absolutely no apologies are needed for playing one of the most perfect pop songs of all times, Mr Walker.
Here’s my pick of what was played last Sunday afternoon. I know the song but don’t think I’d heard this version before. Please also see an earlier blog post by this artist for the original Tide Is High