Song of the day: The Librettos – "Kicks"

March 5, 2012

Here’s an Australian band with an America song containing a very strong “JUST SAY YES NO TO DRUGS” * sentiment:

The Librettos – “Kicks (1966)

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“Kicks” was originally recorded by Paul Revere & The Raiders in 1966, the same year as the one by The Librettos. The song has been covered plenty of times over the years, but the year of its birth was the most fruitful as it brought forth no less than four recorded versions – three American and one Australian (see above).

Here are the other three versions from 1966 (with one of them being a surf rock instrumental – twang!):

Paul Revere & The Raiders – “Kicks (1966)

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Del Shannon – “Kicks (1966)

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The Challengers – “Kicks (1966)

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(*If you were an interior designer with strong views, you could adapt that phrase to: “Just Say No To Rugs”.)

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Song of the day: The Bay City Union – "Mo’reen"

May 16, 2011

Here’s 60’s Australian blues band The Bay City Union with the not-especially-bluesy-but-irresistible-anyway “Mo’reen”:

The Bay City Union – “Mo’reen” (1968)

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“Mo’reen” was originally written and performed by Paul Revere & The Raiders, but before I play you that I have another Antipodean cover version for you. It’s by New Zealand rockers Larry’s Rebels:

Larry’s Rebels – “Mo’reen” (1969)

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Now here’s the original:

Paul Revere & The Raiders – “Mo’reen” (1967)

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And here’s the original in Spanish:

I have to say that the bass-line in “Mo’reen” (especially in the original version) is one reason I love playing bass. That’s a great bass-line.