Category Archives: Television

Songs on Saturday ~ The Chain

there’s nothing wrong with the car, except that it’s on fire

Back in the great days of motor racing, before it became a procession of ugly electric slot cars, the iconic commentator and pundit on the BBC was a chap called Murray Walker ~ famous for getting it all wrong at the best time.  The music for the opening credits for the Grand Prix show on TV was The Chain by Fleetwood Mac.

This is the short version.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Murray Walker passed away about a year ago. He loved this lotus 72 as driven by Emerson Fittipaldi

 

 

Songs on Saturday ~ Last Train to Clarkesville

in Clarksville it’s de rigueur to marry your cousin

I’ve never been To Tennessee but I like this Monkees song, and it’s so mid sixties.  Anyhow I like trains.

Enjoy, and try not to dance to this track.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the supercharger is a bit OTT

Songs on Saturday ~ Funkytown

in the 80s funkalicious and funkintacious were real words

If anyone had asked me who recorded this song, I would never in a million years have come up with Lipps, Inc.  Well, there you go.  I like the costumes and the weird dance.  I can remember dancing to this in a club in Newcastle upon Tyne.  That night there was a girl I should have walked away from ~ instead of marrying her.

Some definitions of funky are to do with being strongly musky or musty.

I’m not quite certain about that one.  Is Chanel #5 musky?

I must have been very drunk at the time,

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Joanna Lumley, aka Purdy

very funkalicious

Waiting For A Star To Fall

she was like a falling star I tried to catch in my hands
I only got burned

All men eventually meet that one woman, that star that burns too bright in his heart.  All men dream of walking alone with her in the moonlight.  All men are destined to have their dreams and desires destroyed.  Lucky men come back from that and have some fun with someone who knows what love is.

there are nightmares calling,

shooting stars falling,

brightly burning,

for an instant.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

she’s not hiding her light

Tunes on Tuesday ~ 1960s TV Dance

there’s nothing sexier than a 1960s TV star ~ maybe

Perhaps I’ve gone overboard on dance compilations today, but being a child of the sixties these clips bring back some memories.

Anyway I can dance a lot better than anyone and everyone in this compilation.

(Except Dick Van Dyke)

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

1967 Plymouth Barracuda

426 cu in (7.)L0 HEMI V8

Tunes on Tuesday ~ TV Shows Dance Party

it can’t be bad if it makes you laugh

My only excuse for posting this is that it makes me feel happy.

I definitely don’t remember some of these TV shows.

Maybe we didn’t get them here in staid old England.

Burn Baby Burn is such a great track.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Farrah Fawcett was not the world’s best dancer

very 70’s hair though, (a natural blonde?)

 

Monochrome Monday ~ Nat King Cole

chestnuts for the spinner of Christmas fireside tales
for fairy tales that can come true

One of the things I remember about working in the City of London at Christmastime is the sweet smell of chestnuts being roasted by the cockney coster mongers.  Chestnuts roasting on an open fire indeed…..

We can’t have the Christmas we deserve.

But we deserve the Merry Christmases in our memories.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

just make certain they are hot and sweet

Songs on Saturday ~ Sugar Me

You catch more monkeys with sugar than with vinegar.

Following the Archies and Sugar, Sugar this morning, I thought I could repost Sugar Me from Lynsey De Paul.  This song takes me all the way back to my staid and honest younger days.  Sadly, I never did have a misspent youth ~ not even in swinging 70’s London.  Perhaps I am making up for it now.  Maybe.

Lynsey wrote this song for Peter Noone, and only recorded it herself at the urging of her then boyfriend Dudley Moore.  Back in the day Lynsey was very much part of the swinging London scene ~ minis and all.

With appreciation and thanks to Paula Light.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the all-conquering mini cooper

all most as much fun as a girl in a mini

Songs on Saturday ~ Sugar, Sugar

we all know sugar is bad for us ~ this is worse

Back here in good old Blighty, we never had the Archies cartoon series, but I well remember their song featuring on Top Of The Pops.  That was back in the day when the good old BBC made decent TV programmes.

I couldn’t bear to post their original video.  What the hell, maybe I can.  I like it better anyhow.

Please listen without wetting yourself.

With thanks to Paula Light.

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jack collier

jacklcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Joe Cool

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Fleetwood Mac

a chain is only ever as strong as its weakest link

I listened to this track on vinyl yesterday ~ the album Rumours.  The beat is incredibly powerful when you’re playing analogue music on a proper record player.

The guitar riff was used for many years as the opening theme for the BBC’s Grand Prix motor racing program.  There is a world of difference between how the digital version of this track sounds, and the experience you get from the analogue track.

It’s an album I’d play if ever I beak rule #2 and have a woman up here in the garret.

Please listen responsibly.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Lotus 72 ~ the most successful Grand Prix car of all time

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