Saturday, 27 July 2013

'...forgotten pop classics' FORGOTTEN!

I have long detested The Independent newspaper for it's 'right-on' stance, it's anti-Israel outlook and its supposed championing of individuality when it's so often read by identikit left-wing faux intellectuals of the worst and sheepiest kind. However today they have gone too far.

This article about Alan Partridge's new film 'Alpha Papa' is headlined 'A-ha! Alan Partridge movie Alpha Papa gives airtime to forgotten pop classics'.

'The soundtrack to Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, which receives its world premiere in Norwich on Wednesday, will deliver an unexpected sales boost to a collection of one-hit wonders, 70s novelty hits and soft rock obscurities hand-picked by the spoof DJ, created by Steve Coogan.'

Here's the film's tracklisting:
Philip Glass – Koyaanisquatsi
The Police - Roxanne
Roachford - Cuddly Toy
Climax Blues Band – Couldn’t Get it Right
Chicago - Hard to Say I’m sorry
Calvin Harris (Feat. Kelis) - Bounce
Jakob Liedholm - Swede Love
Andy Fairweather Low - Wide Eyed And Legless
Sam Fonteyn - Pop Looks Bach (Theme from Ski Sunday)
Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman
The Outlaws  - Swingin’ Low
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Enola Gay
Bryan Ferry – Let’s Stick Together
John Farnham - You're The Voice
Sparks - Number 1 Song In Heaven
Steeleye Span - Gaudete
The Human League - Don’t You Want Me
Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger
Carly Simon - Nobody Does It Better
Hot Chocolate - It Started With a Kiss
Andrew Gold - Never Let Her Slip Away
Denis King & the South Bank Orchestra -  Galloping Home (The New Adventures of Black Beauty)
Forgotten pop classics?

Mrs NotaSheep listened to Hot Chocolate's 'It atarted with a kiss' this morning, before I knew it was in Alpha Papa.

Barely a day goes by without me singing or listening to 'Enola Gay' or 'Number 1 Song In Heaven'.

Wichita Lineman is a regular listen, albeit usually the Glenn Gregory version.

Mrs NotaSheep is fond of breaking into 'Don't You Want Me', indeed she did so this morning.

Mrs NotaSheep will often break into a magnificent impression of Shirley Bassey singing Goldfinger if that film is on television which it is regularly at the moment on Sky Film 007.

And as for the Police's Roxanne, forgotten? Please... I think not.

So here's some of this 'forgotten' music

Police - Roxanne

Shirley Bassey - Goldfinger (This is of course a 1964 track not an early 1980s one)

Human League - Don't You Want Me?

Glen Gregory - Wichita Lineman

Hot Chocolate - It Started With A Kiss

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Enola Gay

Sparks - Number One Song In Heaven

And because I love this version as much, if not more than the original, here's Sparks - Number One Song In Heaven (12" version)

And because this version has it's own special ethereal quality, the Plagiarism album version of Number One Song In Heaven (part 1) including Jimmy Somerville

And the Plagiarism album version of Number One Song In Heaven (part 2)

If you want to hear some more Sparks, and why wouldn't you? Then I recommend following this link to my previous Sparks postings.

So 'forgotten'? I think not!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am so upset that no mention, or including in the playlist, of two songs which guided my youth - making me the loser I am - Frankie Vaughan recorded a song "A Tower of Strength" which, together with Jess Conrad's "This Pullover" were classed as the two worst songs in British Pop history. As a 'loser DJ', surely Alan Partridge would have included these. Perhaps he has more taste than I gave him credit for?