If while trawling your local shops on Record Store Day you missed out on (or never managed to track down) a copy of Damon & Naomi’s “Bootleg edition” of their second album The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi just to let you know that you don’t need to trawl eBay for copies but can head off to Damon & Naomi’s web site and order yourself a copy directly from them.
When I bought my first guitar – and cheap Washburn acoustic, I got given a book of easy guitar songs and the first song in the book, and therefore the first song I ever played on the guitar was Donovan’s Colours – close to 40 years on I’ve probably not yet mastered it (or indeed anything on the guitar).
Donovan released Colours as a single in Feb 1965 and it reached No 4 in the UK charts and has been a staple of his act and covered by pretty much everyone. Here’s Donovan’s single and a couple of other versions… including Dean & Britta’s which turned up on their single of Words You Used to Say in 2006.
Here’s Donovan with the lovely Nana Mouskouri (I grew up in a house full of Nana Mouskouri’s albums)
Here’s Donovan doing a live version for TV in 1965
The Rutles were a parody of The Beatles created by Eric Idle and with wonderfully authentic sounding songs written by Neil Innes – such good parodies they were that Cheese and Onions eventually had to be credited to (Innes/Lennon/McCartney). The song first turned up in the TV film “All You Need is Cash” and on the album released to accompany it. It was also released as a 7″ single.
Ceremony is the second track in this series to have a Wikipedia page all of its own, so head over there for the full history – in short the song was one of the last songs written by Joy Division and never properly recorded. The only three known recordings by the band are below. New Order recorded the song twice and released it as their first single – also twice (and below, twice)
Sometime over the Easter weekend A Head Full of Wishes reached 1000 likes on Facebook – not that I’m one to put too much store by the numbers but it did seem worth a little nod… only I wasn’t ready with anything (the last 5 likes came quicker than the previous 15!). So I hastily popped a couple of videos on YouTube from a Galaxie 500 show that was shared on Dimeadozen a few months back.
I will lift the Galaxie 500 bit for a quote though!
“What do you want?” asked the first record company executive who bothered to sit down with Galaxie 500, and began to offer us choices: a new car, our faces on billboards… As he got to the bottom of the list, he suddenly brightened and said: “Oh, I know. You’re in it for the music.” (He must have figured he was in for a bargain.)