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Video Killed The Radio Star
07.28.2010
04:57 am
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This is what what happens when a fairly decent pop tune gets wedded to an absolutely horrible video. Safety Dance was a big hit back in the early 80s. I remember dancing to it at New York City’s Peppermint Lounge. And on the basis of the song alone, one could assume that the band performing it might be pretty groovy.

But in the era of MTV, for every star that was created, there were several that were sacrificed on the altar of a shitty video. Case in point : Men Without Hats.

The Safety Dance video looks like a cross between an ad for a Renaissance Fair gathering and a female hygiene deodorant…with a coked-up midget and an obnoxiously blissed-out hippie chick who seems to have wandered in from a Grateful Dead concert. No wonder Men Without Hats quickly became men without hits.

Posted by Marc Campbell
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07.28.2010
04:57 am
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Is Plastic Bertrand another Milli Vanilli?
07.27.2010
06:57 pm
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I posted here last month about Belgium’s most famous one hit wonder, Plastic Bertrand, he of Ça plane pour moi fame. and now he’s back in the news, being accused of, well, being a punk equivalent to Milli Vanilli! From the Guardian:

If evidence given to a Belgian court this week is to be believed, the man recognised as the voice behind Euro-punk’s anthem had built his acclaim on shaky ground: he did not actually sing the song.

According to a linguistician commissioned by a Belgian judge to examine the original recording of Ça Plane Pour Moi and compare it with a version released in 2006 by Bertrand’s former producer, the singer of the 1977 track spoke with a distinctive twang that would not have come naturally to the Brussels-born front-man. “With the endings of sentences on the tapes the voice can only belong to a Ch’ti or a Picard,” read the judgment, implying the true singer must have originated from north-eastern France, an area which produced both the Picard dialect and the affectionately mocked Ch’ti patois.

It is also the area that produced Lou Deprijck, the track’s composer and producer, who believes he has been vindicated in his claim to be the true performer of the big-selling single. “My Ch’ti patois has proved me right. I am relieved,” he was quoted as saying in Le Parisien newspaper. “I hope I will finally get my rights.” Deprijck, who for the past decade has been pursuing his music career in Thailand, has insisted for years that he was the real singer on Ça Plane Pour Moi, the hit that made it to No. 8 in the UK single’s charts despite being performed in largely unintelligible French.

Roger Jouret – the man behind the Plastic Bertrand persona – vehemently denies the claims.

Read the entire article: Belgian singer Plastic Bertrand denies allegations over hit song (Guardian)

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Plastic Bertrand vs Elton Motello: Jet Boy, Jet Girl vs Ça plane pour moi

Thank you Chris Campion of Berlin, Germany!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.27.2010
06:57 pm
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A Tournament of Sally Go Round The Roses
07.25.2010
01:55 pm
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Some claim the 1963 hit single Sally Go Round The Roses by The Jaynetts is the first recorded psychedelic pop tune. While this may or may not be true, it’s certainly a beautifully hypnotic, circular number with mysterious and whimsical lyrical imagery. It’s also, I’ve discovered, one of the most covered songs ever so I’ve decided to line up most of the versions I’ve found. Play ‘em one after the other or mix and match to make your own trance-inducing rose parade. Let’s begin with the original. I have no proof, but it’s claimed that the drummer on this session was Buddy Miles, later of Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies.

 
Many more roses after the jump…

READ ON
Posted by Brad Laner
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07.25.2010
01:55 pm
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Gnarly psych fuzz monster: Speed (1967)
06.15.2010
08:35 pm
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A wicked little nugget of psych guitar noise in the form of this 1967 single out of Syracuse, New York. As good a candidate for first shoegaze record as any other I’ve heard. What a fabulously fucked up sound !

 
“let me have some ssssSSPEEeeeed!”
 
thx Robert Chrysler !

Posted by Brad Laner
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06.15.2010
08:35 pm
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Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog: Norma Tanega
06.10.2010
08:29 pm
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I’m really getting into the one-hit wonder thing here lately, so I added a new category, appropriately called One-hit wonders. That said, the next artist I want to call your attention to is ‘60s folk singer Norman Tanega, who had an unlikely chart hit with her quirky composition Walkin My Cat Named Dog. I’ve had this album for decades and never knew anything about her until today. There’s not tons of information about her on the Internet, but one fact that I did discover is that she was one of the great Dusty Springfield’s most significant romantic relationships. Check this song out, you won’t get it out of your head for days.
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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06.10.2010
08:29 pm
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