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.

The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name

Posted on January 01, 2012

It was a great night on the Jools Holland show last night for his New Year Hootenanny and I loved the performances by The Ting Tings. I might have been a bit premature searching for the YouTube videos of the show however, all I could find was Jessie J’s Price Tag, James Morrison and Pokey Lafarge. So I had to settle for a previous version of the Ting Tings performing ‘That’s Not My Name’. Bit of a shame because I thought the one from last night seeing us into 2012 was better than this one. Still I’ll keep checking and I am sure it will come on-line eventually and then I can change it out. There were a few more I wanted to blog about, Sandie Shaw was excellent and so was Cindy Lauper’s Time after Time. I quite liked Caro Emerald as well, so I will definitely be looking again in a few days to see what has appeared. I popped a little bit of Caro from Strictly in to give you a flavour of what she gets up to, the dancing is not bad either.

The Ting Tings ‘That’s Not My Name’ has actually been around since 2008 when it went to number 1 in the UK charts. So as usual I have been a bit slow catching up. Time does fly when you are enjoying yourself after all. I think what appealed was that Ting Tings sounded a little like one my most favourite bands Transvision Vamp, which I always refer to as a punk meets pop group. Strange then that Katie White started in an all girl punk group called TKO (Technical Knock Out)

Their d├ębut album was We Started Nothing released in 2008 but which initially found its way onto the Internet consequently being downloaded for free by rather a lot of unscrupulous people. Loyal fans came to their rescue however and supported the group by starting to buy the album legally taking them to number 1 in the UK album charts. According to Wikipedia anyway.

That’s quite good really, because at the end of the day, illegal downloading has the potential to kill the industry and no one sensible wants that to happen. I will get off my soapbox now though, in case I bore anyone to death with my goody two shoes attitude, and anyway I need to get on with some illegal downloading now. Only joking. Here is the album listing and I hope you enjoy the videos.

We Started Nothing

1. Great DJ 3:22
2. That’s Not My Name 5:10
3. Fruit Machine 2:52
4. Traffic Light 2:57
5. Shut Up And Let Me Go 2:51
6. Keep Your Head 3:22
7. Be The One 2:56
8. We Walk 4:04
9. Impacilla Carpisung 3:39
10. We Started Nothing 6:22