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Denmark Street

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  1. Plastic Bertrand was actually Belgian!

    Serge Gainsboro, certainly.

    Then there's Johnny Halliday, a legend in France but almost unknown elsewhere, he's a sort of French Cliff Richard. Synthesizer maestro Jean-Michael Jarre was hugely succesessful during the eighties

    More recently, current ambient dance music superstars Air are also French.

  2. Im pretty certain KC & The Sunshine Band never did a version of it, and the confusion comes simply from the fact that the song sounds a lot like KC's style. Wild Cherry were one hit wonders and were never heard from again.

    Mind you, there is a cover version by Vanilla Ice, which has to be one of the worst things ever recorded since time began!

  3. Maybe the most interesting aspect of the post- Beatles solo stuff is the Lennon / McCartney musical feud. Its fair to say that Lennon bore a personal grudge against McCartney for a long time after the split ( as, too, did Harrison to a lesser extent. They both felt Paul's commercial ambition and eagerness to tour again drove the group apart. )

    They would exchange angry letters, and would go out of their way to avoid each other publicly for many years before they made their peace.

    This feud shows itself in several of their solo songs, mainly by Lennon. Most famous of his anti-Paul tunes is the stunning " How Do You Sleep?", which includes the vicious line "the sound of musak fills your head". For his part, Paul largely choose to ignore John's musical attacks on him, but his best rebuff song is "Let Me Roll It"

    It wasn't till a couple of years before John's death that they finally made it up and started talking again.

  4. I take offence at Queen being labelled a 'gay' band because they weren't.

    It was Freddie's idea to name the band 'Queen'. Brian, Roger and John all agreed to it because the name itself spelt rebellion and presented a challenge to society.

    First..what's to take offence at? The band are popular with both gay and straight people. The lead singer was gay, the other three are straight. Big deal.

    Second, please explain to me how the name "Queen" spells rebellion and a challenge to society? How? I dont think the monarchy were exactly quaking in their shoes, do you? Or even remotely cared.

  5. True, but I think the difference is that whilst Clapton is what clasical musicians would call a vituoso, Hendrix was an innovator.

    Eric is technically excellent, but Jimi took the electric guitar to places it had never been before, so IMO Jimi is much more exciting to listen to.

  6. Inevitably, all song writers have influences and these often come through in their own songs even on a subconcious level. Famously, George Harrison was sued by the writers of the Chiffons' " He's So Fine" over the obvious similarity to "My Sweet Lord".

    When he lost the case, Harrison was quoted as saying that he was now scared to write another song in case he used some of the same notes!

  7. I agree that AMG is a very useful site, and I often use it as a reference source.

    But you should keep in mind that because it is an American site, with American contributors, its review sections often look a little bizarre to us here in the UK. For instance, bands that were extremely important and successful here, such as The Jam or Madness, are treated with litle concern on AMG simply because they didn't do much in the the US.

    BTW, costellogirl, you are quite correct that EC is a Brit, as are his parents. Its his fathers' parents who came from Ireland, hence the family name McManus. But you probably already know all that !

  8. Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side...


    Musical Youth

    I know that dutchie is not really supposed to be a euphamism for pot, but it sounds like it, doesn't it? :beatnik:

    yes..and no. The song was a cover version of an older reggae tune called ' Pass the Cutchie'. Now, 'cutchie' is 70s Jamaican slang for a spliff, but seeing as how Musical Youth were just kids, their manager didn't think it was a smart idea for them to sing about that kind of thing iif they were going to be succesful, so..the word got changed to 'dutchie', which is a type of big Jamaican cooking pot. Problem solved instantly, no posible offence could be given,.. and a big hit was the result!

  9. never, NEVER waste your money and see Saliva in concert. they have a few good songs on albulms, but they really just suck live. the lead singer says the f word about 3 times average in every sentence.

    Saliva suck? That makes me spit! :laughing:

  10. Regardless of what the the song means, am I the only person here who doesn't like it?

    I dont think its a straight out bad song, but I do believe its very gimmicky. So I've never regarded it as anything more than a novelty song; its use of operatic forms just sounds comical to me.

    I grew to hate it when it was the Number 1 record here in the UK for week after week after week. You couldn't turn the radio on without hearing it and it drove me nuts.

    For me, Seven Seas of Rhye is a much better Queen song.

  11. No problem.

    I have to admit that I'm a great fan of his work, and I think he 's got better as he's got older. I used to find all those puns and clever word-play he used a little irritating sometimes, as if he was just showing off, but he seems to have grown out of that at last.

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