Naughty Naughty Naughty / Letters Of Love

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Naughty Naughty Naughty / Letters Of Love

Naughty Naughty Naughty / Letters Of Love

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My first memory of this song was being told about it in the school playground the day after MOTR appeared on TOTP having got to No. Given that David Parton took the song, ripped the soul, the guts, the sophistication and the personal element from it qualifies it, in my book anyway, as a completely rubbish hit or at least an utterly awful version of a classic song. Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep stayed at the top spot for 5 whole weeks being replaced by the monumental and game changing Get It On by T. And that was about it…until Songs in the Key of Life was released and (here’s the inexplicable bit) he managed to get the rights from Motown to release a version of the song. Language - Regardless of country of origin all tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.

It’s strange how a straightforward exploration of an awful hit can mutate into something even more hellish. According to lead singer Sally Carr, Benny and Bjorn admitted on a TV interview they had used MOTR to develop their sound. Interestingly, Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep was also a minor hit at the same time as Middle of the Road‘s version for Mac and Katie Kissoon, reaching a high of No. He’s straining so much to hit the notes Stevie Wonder hits so effortlessly, it looks like he might to shit himself.I’d really like to meet those people, see what they look like, find out what makes them tick, ask them to articulate what it was that motivated them to commit such an act of wanton cultural vandalism and then berate them publicly for their appalling lack of taste and intelligence (Yes, I mean you Queen fans). In desperation he was asked to deliver the lines in a suitably faux Shakespearian style, which he, of course, was only too happy to do and the rest is camp history. To be honest I could have chosen pretty much either of their 8 top twenty hits between 1965 and 1967 but I picked this one mainly because it’s so DULL and it’s got a NICE melody, it sounds exactly like all their other hits and it’s a complete DIRGE! Naughty Naughty Naughty" was engineered by Chris Tsangarides at Morgan Studios in Willesden, North London. I’ll never know how this record ever got into the charts but a cursory glance at the hit parade for April 1971 suggests that things were anything but predictable.

It’s the sort of band your grandparents would like because they played NICE tunes and they looked NORMAL (you know, suits, ties, short back and sides, Laura Ashley dresses). So using the Observers’ Book of Punk Rock Credibility as a guide they found a song that sounded vaguely ‘punky’, they went down the Kings Road and secured some second-hand jackets and thin ties, they bought some fashionably ironic sunglasses in Debenhams, had their shoulder-length hair cut and, hilariously, gave themselves punky, anti-establishment names. A bunch of prog rock musicians, some of whom were in the medieval ultra-prog group Gryphon noticed that Punk and New Wave records were selling more than they were, so decided it was worth a punt to pretend they were (ageing) punk musicians and release a record. of Alaska’s releases this record also did not chart but it’s an interesting reminder of one of the ubiquitous personalities of the 70s. If Stuart Maconie had played Mouldy Old Dough on the Freakzone without anyone being aware of the record from the 70s, I think it would have pricked many people’s interest.Secondly, the artist’s management will see it as a good way of getting the artist ‘out there’ and cementing his/her popularity and thirdly, if the record is successful there could be a whole series of lucrative hits and maybe even an album! The three-TV channel decades of the 60s and 70s meant that if an artist became popular thanks to the show they were in, they became VERY big indeed and such was the case with Telly Savalas and his hit show, Kojak. Middle of the Road went on have four more top 20 hits over the next year, Tweedle Dum, Tweedle Dee (No. The first thing to say about this record is that it’s far from being a rubbish song and its success is not inexplicable.

It was the second biggest selling single of 1972 after Royal Scots Dragoon Guards bagpipe version of Amazing Grace (these were very MOR times), it was one of the estimable Jarvis Cocker’s eight records on Desert Island Discs, it was the first record Norman Cook ( Fat Boy Slim, but you knew that) ever bought, it is still the record Oldham Athletic F. Joy Sarney (born Florence Joy Crabtree; 1944) is an English female pop singer, best known for the single "Naughty Naughty Naughty" in 1977. What I didn’t know was that SM were very much an experimental, avant garde band who released some interesting stuff in the 70s. The Arsenal squad which won the double in 1971 released ‘ Good Old Arsenal‘ with words by a certain Jimmy Hill to the tune of ‘ Rule Brittania. There was a buzz around this record that meant everyone was talking about it and you can understand why.Co-written with Jim Dale (of Carry-On fame) it lost out to the legendary John Barrie and Don Black‘s easy listening classic ‘ Born Free‘, a song that became Matt Monro‘s theme tune (more on Matt later). It made me realise that maybe Mouldy Old Dough wasn’t just the novelty hit it seemed to be at the time. They even had one of their later records, Slippery Hot 70s, featured in the excellent 2007 film Hot Fuzz. You picked up the phone, dialled a particular number and a female voice would say, ‘ This is the Dial-A-Disc Service.

Firstly, its melody was gossamer-thin to the point of being undetectable, secondly it sounded exactly like his previous other hits and, most heinously, it perpetuated a number of myths. Rex, a song title deemed obscene in the US, bizarrely, and renamed Bang A Gong, which just sounds silly. A bit like the thing in Quatermass that just kept growing and growing into some unspeakable ghastliness…. Kojak was really nothing special as New York- based detective serials went, others such as McCloud, Tenafly, McMillan and Wife and Banacek were in competition. Irrespective of the source, all of our collectables meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed.His first abortive attempt as a pop star in the early 60s included being discovered by Screaming Lord Sutch and joining his backing band The Savages. Everyone of a certain age remembers Just Good Friends although, like me, they may not have watched it. he also arranged and conducted Spain’s runner-up entry to the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest En Un Mundo Nuevo ( In a New World) sung by the lovely Karina.



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