SWINGING LONDON 67: x 5

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Pick ONE (change your mind later):

Epistle to Dippy - Donovan
5
24%
Matthew & Son - Cat Stevens
4
19%
Ha Ha Said the Clown - Manfred Mann
2
10%
Arnold Layne- Pink Floyd
7
33%
David Watts - Kinks
3
14%
 
Total votes: 21

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Re: SWINGING LONDON 67: x 5

Postby Charlie O. » 10 Oct 2017, 23:45

I may be the only one who hears "Epistle To Dippy" as Sonic Youth twenty years ahead of schedule - but I'm right, and of course it's much more than that too. A bewilderingly great record, so-personal-as-to-be-incomprehensible lyrics and all.

Of the others, "David Watts" is the only one I feel bad about voting against.

(Oddly enough, they're both about old schoolmates - one real, the other fictional.)
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Re: SWINGING LONDON 67: x 5

Postby The Modernist » 10 Oct 2017, 23:52

"Epistle to Dippy" is one of those tracks I've heard so many times but can never remember. The melody is so unwieldy that it makes no impression at all.

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Re: SWINGING LONDON 67: x 5

Postby echolalia » 10 Oct 2017, 23:58

The Modernist wrote:I've always had a soft spot for the b-side of "The Laughing Gnome", "The Gospel According to Tony Day". Not a particularly good song, but it's eccentric and funny. I love the names he comes up with..Marion Brent. :lol:


I love that track and am proud to say I used it in my cup selection once. Rotten Tony! The Laughing Gnome is great too, of course.

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Re: SWINGING LONDON 67: x 5

Postby Charlie O. » 11 Oct 2017, 00:20

Rayge wrote:And I speak as a Londoner who was 18 in 1967.
Epistle to Dippy is one of the less good songs on a reasonable album,

Non-LP single...

Rayge wrote:The Manfreds is a wretched cover of a wretched song by a low-rent covers band speeding downhill into reg hell,

Notwithstanding that I'm not crazy about the song (though better this version than the Yardbirds'), the Manfreds were if anything speeding uphill, with "So Long Dad", "The Mighty Quinn", "My Name Is Jack", and the brilliantly evocative Up The Junction soundtrack all in their immediate future...

Rayge wrote:David Watts is a dull B-side that no-one would bother with today if that abyss of tastlesness Weller hadn't revived it,

It's the lead-off track of their best album!


It just illustrates the old adage: if you were there, you can't remember the sixties!

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Re: SWINGING LONDON 67: x 5

Postby fange » 11 Oct 2017, 01:17

Charlie O. wrote:... and the brilliantly evocative Up The Junction soundtrack all in their immediate future...

Yes, wonderful!
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Re: SWINGING LONDON 67: x 5

Postby Canis lupus » 11 Oct 2017, 06:05

:geek:
**mini-reboot**
Pink Floyd replaces Bowie

...do carry on, please

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Re: SWINGING LONDON 67: x 5

Postby Rayge » 11 Oct 2017, 08:55

Charlie O. wrote:It just illustrates the old adage: if you were there, you can't remember the sixties!

;)

:D
(although to be fair to me, I never touched a drug in the 60s, it was my father's death in 1967 that scrambled my brains)

Fair play on the Donovan and Kinks, although that's how I remember them (it was the Jam who put DW on a b-side wasn't it, and of course I never bothered with the Kinks albums, because they were albums, and I do have both Epistle and Gift from a Flower and thought they were one and the same), but I stand by what I said about Manfred Mann. 5-4-3-2-1 and Hubble Bubble were pretty good, then they started on the appalling soul/R&B covers.
When Paul Jones left, their songwriter went, and I was unimpressed by those you quoted, and Ha Ha was a particular bugbear
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Re: SWINGING LONDON 67: x 5

Postby *fun and open field* » 11 Oct 2017, 10:05

Canis lupus wrote::geek:
**mini-reboot**
Pink Floyd replaces Bowie


which changes everything, of course - 'Arnold Layne' is a kaleidoscopic thrill where the others are just bits of fluffy fun
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Re: SWINGING LONDON 67: x 5

Postby Canis lupus » 11 Oct 2017, 11:36

Early days still - all to play for

...maybe drop Manfred's laughing Clown for Dave & Ray Davies' dead one?

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Re: SWINGING LONDON 67: x 5

Postby Rayge » 11 Oct 2017, 13:37

ooooooohhhhh yeah wrote:
Canis lupus wrote::geek:
**mini-reboot**
Pink Floyd replaces Bowie


which changes everything, of course - 'Arnold Layne' is a kaleidoscopic thrill where the others are just bits of fluffy fun



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Re: SWINGING LONDON 67: x 5

Postby Still Baron » 11 Oct 2017, 13:51

ooooooohhhhh yeah wrote:
Canis lupus wrote::geek:
**mini-reboot**
Pink Floyd replaces Bowie


which changes everything, of course - 'Arnold Layne' is a kaleidoscopic thrill where the others are just bits of fluffy fun


I was gonna say ... I was reading the thread, seeing people trash everything, wondering what the hell is wrong with Arnold Layne you idiots etc.
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