ALAN'S SATURDAY POP SLOT #28 – PAPERBACK WRITER and RAIN by THE BEATLES

Two clips made back to back in the gardens of Chiswick House for The Ed Sullivan tv show. The Beatles would always do a spot for Ed when they were touring the States. With touring now no longer happening, the Fabs came up with these precursors to the standard MTV pop promo.

Both songs have always been big favourites, The Beatles really do seem to be at the top of their songwriting game – they were knocking stuff like this out at a thousand miles an hour. I love the bit half way through PaperbackWriter where they throw in Frere Jacques as a backing vocal. Sublimey…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBPbfAU3I78

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTLJMSbEnn0

Alan X

ALAN'S SATURDAY POP SLOT #27 – TREAT HER RIGHT by TOM JONES

From his own THIS IS TOM JONES show of 1968. I had to post this, not because I’m a huge Jones fan, or I like the song (although both have their merits), BUT because at 1:20 into the clip TOM JONES DANCES LIKE HELL! Stay with it, it really is worth the wait…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UxU8s7Au0A

I think he’s trying to prove to the entire (female) audience that he’s got enough energy to shag all of them.

Happy (is it meant to be happy?) Easter

Alan X

ALAN'S S ATURDAY POPSLOT #25 – THE EIGHTH DAY by HAZEL O'CONNOR

This clip is from the 1980 movie Breaking Glass, which has been unavailable on dvd since 2001. What the hell is wrong with this planet? You can buy Girls Aloud’s entire catalogue in umpteen formats, but you can’t get your hands on a solid, timeless classic featuring The Haze.

I really want to see this film again – not only does it star Hazel and post-Quad Phil Daniels, but also a pre-Ants Gary Tibbs and several of the blokes from Metal Mickey. This is frickin’ gold dust.

If anyone has the facility and wherewithall to burn me a copy, please let me know, if not – PETITION No. 10.

Here she is, years ahead of her time (and Arnie’s)…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBkvcQEGq9k

Amen

Alan

ALAN'S SATURDAY POP SLOT #24 – STONE FOX CHASE by VAL DONICAN & CHARLIE McCOY

The classic theme from the much-missed Old Grey Whistle Test, as performed by

Val Donican & Charlie McCoy –

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAcRug1saTY

I wanted to include a version of the tune by Nine Below Zero that was performed on Whistle Test, but no bugger’s uploaded it yet, so i guess I’ll have to sort that out.

Cheers loves

Alan X

ALAN'S SATURDAY POP SLOT #23 – SHOOTING STAR by CLIFF RICHARD jr & THE SHADOWS from the 1966 movie THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!

A fantastic collision of ludicrous pop culture icons. From the original Thunderbirds movie, Cliff Richard Junior (remember, this was set one hundred years hence) wows ’em at the interplanetary nite club The Swinging Star, while Alan Tracy tries his darndest to get to first base with Lady Penelope. From 1966, a vintage year….

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6ngmDPXI2U

Alan (thunderbird 3) X

ALAN'S SATURDAY POP SLOT #21 – A QUICK ONE (WHILE HE'S AWAY) by THE WHO

This has got to be the best version of The Who’s first mini-rock-opera. Kept out of public view since it’s 1968 debut on The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. But now it’s ours to keep.

I love the bit where they sing “cello cello cello” because they couldn’t afford real cellos on the original recording.

A QUICK ONE by THE ‘ORRIBLE ‘OO – ‘king A…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOG12sE-krw

You’re all forgiven.

 

Alan X