My friend Col (Hi, Col!) suggested today’s song, and I’m glad he did. It’s a nice little slice of bubblegum that I’d never heard before. Col told me that he thought it was a “really good little pop track (in that Tony Burrows style that you love so much)”. I agree:
Tony Ronald – “Help (Get Me Some Help)” (1971)
Unfortunately for Col, the version he suggested was by a band from Singapore called Breath. (Col tried to convert his vinyl copy but alas it was not a success.) Instead, I’ve presented you with what I think is the original version by Tony Ronald, a chap from the Netherlands. The only thing I know about Tony Ronald is that he’s Dutch. Apart from that, I don’t know nothin’ – and I’m happy to leave it at that. (I think it’s good to have a little mystery about musicians.)
In the course of trying to find a listenable version of the song, I discovered that there are plenty of other versions floating around. (Who knew a song so unassuming would have a lot of cover versions?). In keeping with the song’s apparently cosmopolitan flavour, here are a few more international versions:
For me, the silliest (or, to be more accurate, the fun-est) version is the one by Lafayette. If you only want to listen to one other “Help (Get Me Some Help)”, I’d recommend that one. It’s a heap o’ fun.