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Tunes on Tuesday ~ Lifted

first, find the peace within yourself

Not that anyone would believe it, but The Lighthouse Family are an English band, from Newcastle upon Tyne.  That’s not why I chose this song, it’s because I feel the need to be lifted from the slough of despond I’ve been suffering.

I believe that I’ve driven that road, just out of Death Valley, California.

Probably in a Mustang Convertible.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

sometimes, only a Mustang convertible will do

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 ~ Daytona

twelve wild horses in silver chains

Back in the day, when Chris Rea could still sing and great cars didn’t rely on computers to make them work, Pininfarina designed the Daytona.  I would contend one of the 10 best-looking cars ever made.

I’ve been to Daytona Beach, and I even know what Daytona means, but I’ve never driven a Ferrari Daytona, not anywhere.  And actually, I’d rather own a Jaguar V12 E-Type, but then I am English and not Californian

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a man’s man’s car

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Björk

Iceland has only one telephone directory

I like this clip because it briefly features a frogeye Austin-Healey Sprite.  In any event the Icelandic diva Björk is sufficiently weird to be quite interesting.  But you wouldn’t ever want to date her.

Having said that, Iceland is sufficiently weird as to be quite interesting, but I wouldn’t ever go there again.

If you ever go to Iceland don’t buy a beer, it will be stupidly expensive.

And in Iceland never, ever eat any of the local delicacies.

Every Icelandic woman I’ve ever met was blonde.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

there are trolls in Iceland

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Vanishing Point

high speed means freedom of the soul

The movie Vanishing Point is as far away from a ‘chick flick’ as it’s possible to get ~ the whole thing is just one long car chase with minimal dialogue and a lot of engine noise.  What’s not to like?

A 1970 Dodge Challenger is a very cool car indeed.

I’ve driven newer Challengers, and I’ve driven on those roads, but these days Dodge Muscle Cars are emasculated shadows of greater, faster, classics.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

anyhow, in the desert I prefer a convertible Mustang

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

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Satisfaction

some things look better in black and white

While Californians were listening to drug culture bands like Jefferson Airplane, filmed in glorious Technicolor at Woodstock, we English were listening to bands like The Rolling Stones ~ here filmed in grainy monochrome in Ireland.  As a matter of fact we English thought everyone in California went around saying; ‘peace and love….’  If you said that here in the sixties you were likely to get smacked.

You decide which is better, The Stones or Jefferson Airplane.

Actually, I prefer The Beatles.

And we say ‘aeroplane…’

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

another 1960’s English icon

works Mini Cooper

Tunes on Tuesday ~ White Rabbit

I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date

In the 60’s and 70s we English were not listening to Californian music, so I have never heard this track from Jefferson Airplane before.  Woodstock passed us by with barely a murmur  The reason I’m playing it now is that we English greet or friends with; ‘white rabbits’ on the first of the month, which was yesterday.  (Of course there has to be an R in the month.)

Convoluted I know, and on first hearing I’m not certain I like Californian surfer-dude bands anyhow.

But hey, I like Jefferson Starship, so I’m certain that Jefferson Airplane will grow on me, like a weed.

This track probably sounds better if you’re high.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

To we English California is still

Alice through the looking glass

 

Songs on Saturday ~ Michael Jackson

don’t stop ’til you get enough

I’ve been suffering with a terrible cold, or maybe the flu.  Totally out of it for a week.  Today I wanted some music that would cheer me up

I like this song and this video.

I hope that you like it too.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

I’m sorry that I’ve bee out of it.

But I’ve been very unwell.

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