March 2011 Vinyls and Rarities
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Chi-lites - (For gods sake) give more power to the people

Anybody going to Egypt for a late cheap holiday can give thanks to the good people of Cairo for knocking a couple of hundred quid of their hols. You have to admire the Egyptians for the stance they have taken against the government there. I wish that we had a bit more backbone like that in this country. This song from the wonderful Chi-lites is not what most people would expect from them. It’s not a sweet ballad of love and despair as a lot of their songs were, but an up-tempo funky track, sounding like the mighty Temptations of the same period. The best thing about the Chi-lites was that most of their songs were written by Eugene Record, I don’t know why but I just love that name. Another thing that I chuckle about was that when I used to manage my son’s footie team and entered them into 5 a sides, I always called them after groups. So one competition I had 3 teams of 16 year old boys playing under the names of the Stylistics, the Delfonics and the Chi-lites. They didn’t have a clue about the names but many a parent had a smile.

What we have to now remember, is that the Bangles were wrong, You don’t walk like an Egyptian, you just protest like one.

Duncan, March 2011

Hammersmith Gorillas - She’s my Girl

I picked this one for our up and coming trip this Friday to Hammersmith to see the Stranglers supported by Wilko Johnson. I know it will be a good gig as the Stranglers never disappoint. Any way as I look forward to being down in the sewer but not the beer at the Apollo, enjoy this piece of mid 70’s rock from the mighty Chiswick label with a semi Hammersmith theme.

Duncan March 2010

Bob Dylan - The times they are a changin

My first choice for this month is Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A Changing and they certainly are in Egypt. My father was a fan of Bob Dylan who was writing anti war songs in the 1960s and stood up for civil rights in the USA, perhaps that's why he liked him so much. If any one ever new my Dad they will understand. Lets hope that people power will win in Libya, a country that my mother had lived as a child in the capitol Tripoli before the family moved to Padava Italy.

Maurice March 2011

Alex Harvey - Shakin all over

Just switched the tele on and saw all those terrible pictures of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It’s a terrible thing with all the deaths that are going to occur and my heart goes out to the poor people there. It does give me a chance to play Shakin’ all over from Alex Harveys New Band.

Duncan March 2011

Edwin Starr - War

This was an anti Vietnam war song from 1969 written by Norman Whitfield and Barry Strong, it was recorded by Whitfield with Edwin Starr as the vocalised and topped the US charts in 1970. In the 80s Edwin Star moved from the USA to England and I was lucky enough to see him live with his full band at the Chelmsford Spectacular sometime in the early 90s. Out of all the acts from the Spectacular years, Edwin Starr was the best live performances I saw. Playing all his classic hits including, Agent Double-O-Soul, SOS, Contact, H.A.P.P.Y, and War to name just a few. I also saw him at Club Zeus in disco Duke Street, where he sung live to backing tracks at the club. Sadly Edwin passed away in 2003.

Maurice Hyde March 2011

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree-Tony Orlando and Dawn

At last a good bit of news for March after Earthquakes, Tsunami's and Revolution, Harvey is back home safe and well. I'm sure this record kept him going through his possible forced detention.

Colin March 2011