Lulu, Singer and Songwriter – Shout

Posted on May 20, 2012

If you are going to write an article about Lulu and provide a featured video, then you really can’t ignore her iconic record from the 60’s – Shout. It is the sound that saw Lulu burst onto the music scene back in the swinging 60’s. 1965 to be exact and four years before she secured a top place in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969 with another big hit – Boom Bang A Bang.

In 1975 Lulu had one of the highest accolades a singer could achieve at that time when she performed the title song for a James Bond film, The Man With the Golden Gun. Any singer that got the title song to a bond movie was really considered to be at the top of their game and that hasn’t really changed in recent times. Many a recording artist has seen their career take off as a result of an association with a top rated movie. Shirley Bassey would probably back me up on that one, she got to do three title songs and it didn’t do her any harm whatsoever.  Other top rankers include Tom Jones, Madonna, Paul McCartney with Wings, Duran Duran and quite a few more.

It was only Duran Duran that got a number one hit in the States with their title song for ‘A View to a Kill’. Paul McCartney and Carly Simon got number 2 hits with their title songs and Lulu’s ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ got labelled as a little bit smutty and never really did very much in the charts at all, despite Lulu’s best efforts.

She had better luck with her liaison with Take that, and ‘Relight my Fire’ went to number one in the UK charts, this was about the same time as she released her 90’s album Independence and got involved with the UK TV show ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ demonstrating that she doesn’t mind taking the mickey out of herself and is definitely game for a laugh. Lest face it she has been around at the top of TV and music for 50 years now, and no one does that unless they have got something special to offer. I actually think she looks better now than she did back in the 70’s and 80’s, but then both those decades represent a bit of a fashion disaster for most people, especially in the UK.

Given Lulu’s career spans 5 decades then you probably wouldn’t be surprised that it is Lulu’s Greatest Hits that represent the best way to get a taste of her best music, all available for download as MP3 tracks so you can select the ones you like the best, or you could just buy the whole album, it would certainly be a nostalgic trip when you sit and listen to it.

Lulu’s Greatest Hits

1. Shout Lulu And The Luvvers 2:55
2. Independence Lulu 4:13
3. Relight My Fire Take That Featuring Lulu 4:08
4. Teardrops Lulu 4:45 $0.99
5. I Don’t Wanna Fight Lulu 4:45
6. We’ve Got Tonight Lulu 3:37
7. The Man Who Sold The World Lulu 3:51
8. Where The Poor Boys Dance Lulu 3:51
9. Hurt Me So Bad Lulu 3:54
10. To Sir With Love Lulu 2:43
11. Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby) Lulu 2:40
12. I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do) Lulu 3:08
13. Sail On Sailor Lulu 3:24
14. I’m Back For More Lulu 4:07
15. The Man With The Golden Gun Lulu 2:34
16. The Boat That I Row Lulu 2:43
17. Boom Bang-A-Bang Lulu 2:20
18. First Of May Lulu 3:07

Sandie Shaw – Always Something There To Remind Me (1969)

Posted on January 22, 2012

It was a bit strange playing this first video as Sandie Shaw was introduced by the late Sir Jimmy Saville when he was one of the resident DJ’s on Top of the Pops way back in the 60’s. He almost looked normal, well apart from his trademark bleached blonde hair, mingling with the crowds back then. But it was the start of the seventies and normal wasn’t really normal during that decade. A bit unfortunate then that the video cuts short, so I have had to put another, full length, version on for Sandie Shaw fans who are keen to see the whole performance. That is the full size video below.

Poor old Jimmy may have given up the ghost, but Sandie Shaw certainly hasn’t and I have seen a couple of recent performances from her on UK TV where you might be forgiven for thinking it was a recording from the seventies, both for the quality of the performance and the appearance of our Sandie, who really didn’t look a lot different. But then I am knocking on a bit now, so the eyesight could be failing a bit.

Anyway, it is another 60’s classic and a wonderful record, it wasn’t all bad in the 60’s and 70’s clearly. Hope you enjoy it.