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  1. It's from a 1953 recording made by the Shining Light Gospel Choir.
  2. The disco version you're thinking of, Marie, was recorded by an artist called Rosebud in 1977.
  3. You might try 'Magic Fly' by Space, a hit in 1977. They were French, I believe, and dressed as astronauts on stage. We need much more of that, if you ask me. Can someone coax Springsteen into a space-suit for his upcoming European tour?
  4. The only thing I can suggest is the theme tune to UK sci-fi sit-com 'Red Dwarf'. Quite why it would be featured on a random German website escapes me but it does fit the bill lyric-wise. Great programme too. And here, indeed, are those very lyrics: It's cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere, I'm all alone, more or less, Let me fly, far away from here, Fun, fun, fun, in the sun, sun, sun... I want to lie shipwrecked and comatose, Drinking fresh mango juice, Goldfish shoals, nibbling at my toes, Fun, fun, fun, in the sun, sun, sun... Fun, fun, fun, in the sun, sun, sun...
  5. Hmm, on second thoughts, perhaps I am. Like, 'a sense of humour'.
  6. This song strikes me as a little odd. Male rap/R&B stars are often criticised for being overly concerned with violence and material wealth and for treating women as mere sex objects. And yet here we have Destiny?s Child apparently celebrating exactly those qualities in their ideal men. Am I missing something?
  7. I'm not French and the song I have in mind isn't from the 90s. So don't hold your breath. However, there remains a tiny chance it could be a version of a 60s song by Dalida, the stage name of part-Egyptian/part-French/part-Italian singer Yolande Gigliotti, called 'La, Il A Dit' ('There, He Said' if my school French serves me correctly). It's wrong, I'm sure, but give it a google.
  8. Strictly, it's by Greg Lake in his own right. Pedantic, I know, but it'll help if you're trying to find it.
  9. I think it's 'Take The L Train (To Brooklyn)' by Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Jillianne. That was certainly used in a Hennessy advert, anyway.
  10. 'Senor Santa Claus' by Jim Reeves. Never fails to make me smile.
  11. This question has cropped up several times on Songfacts, Elf. You might find a more definitive answer if you trawl back through the index. The only UK hit songs that I know fit the criteria are 'Up The Junction' by Squeeze and 'Private Investigations' by Dire Straits. There are almost certainly others. Does anyone know why this query keeps popping up?
  12. I was slightly confused by your post initially, Peter. I couldn't understand why you didn't just buy the 'Babe' soundtrack. But you are, I think, enquiring about the original version. It was indeed 'If I Had Words' written and performed by Scott Fitzgerald and Yvonne Keeley with the St Thomas More School Choir. In the UK, it was top ten hit in 1978. Enjoy the big day!
  13. 'Macarena' was a flamenco tune, composed and released in 1993 by Spanish duo Los Del Rio, a version of which went on to be a worldwide hit complete with toe-curling synchronised dance routine.
  14. No, he was the band's manager but his contribution to their success was no less significant. Back to producers - Phil Spector and Trevor Horn both created era-defining sounds and both became as famous as the artists they were working with. Quite an achievement for a pair of mere knob-twiddlers (and I mean that in the nicest possible way).
  15. 39 days? I've had to wait a mind boggling nine years for The Blue Nile to release their latest album 'High'. Any advance on that?
  16. I'm fairly sure Jeff Beck has never recorded a tune called 'Hallelujah'. Muzik may well be right. I think you are confusing Jeff Beck with Jeff Buckley who did record a version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' for his 'Grace' album. Buckley's rendition received a lot of airplay on MTV after 9/11.
  17. Read in isolation, the lyrics seem fairly innocuous as you might expect from a song aimed squarely at the pop charts. But if you bear in mind that Lee Mavers, the band's lead singer, supposedly had a major heroin problem, they take on an altogether different slant. One that's almost impossible to ignore, to my mind.
  18. I've never actually heard of him, but the artist is Steve Holy. The song is 'Just A Kiss'. His music appears to be available on amazon.com
  19. Unless I'm very much mistaken, the first line of the song 'Live and Let Live', as featured on Love's 'Forever Changes' album, is "Oh, the snot has caked against my pants." I'm struggling to recall a more unlikely, but genuine, opening lyric. Any suggestions?
  20. It's 'A Girl Like You' by Edwin Collins, ex of UK band Orange Juice.
  21. UK electro-poppers Erasure released an EP of ABBA covers in 1992 called 'Abba-Esque'. In response, Australian ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again released a single of Erasure covers called 'Erasure-Ish'. ABBA's thoughts on this camp face-off are unrecorded. My own favourite ABBA tributes are from a female duo called Salma and Sabina who performed a variety of their hits in Hindi. You can experience a few of these in all their glory here: http://www.aprilwinchell.com/multimedia/
  22. Mich, I think it's a US country singer called Josh Turner. You can buy his version of the song, via iTunes, from his website: http://www.josh-turner.com/ Disconcertingly, he looks like he ought to be in a boy band but sounds like he's had a lifetime of moonshine and cheap cigarettes.
  23. I think the song is 'You Don't Mess Around With Jim' by Jim Croce.
  24. Apparently the lyrics owe something to the portrayal of Apocalypse in the Book of Revelations in the Bible. Whether that's right or wrong, I couldn't say. To be honest, all that kind of stuff bores me rigid. "I'm too sexy for my cat". Now there's a lyric worthy of debate.
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