Monday, April 11, 2005

Savannah Affair... (rekindled)

For some of the postings over the next couple of weeks we thought we'd revisit some of the golden oldies that have been searched for or requested the most, or just simply because we like them....
So, take it away me...

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - Sunshower

This wonderful piece of sultry Latin smoothness was originally released in 1976 on Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band's eponymous titled first album on RCA Records, and also featured as the B-Side to the following years "I'll Play The Fool" 7" (also featured on the album).
The mastermind behind Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band was one Stony Browder (Dr. Buzzard to his workmates!) who sadly died in 2002.
Stoney's songwriting talents were very ably executed by the lush voice of Cory Daye.
Also featured in the line-up playing bass and singing backing vocals was Stony's younger brother Thomas (who re-named himself August Darnel), later in 1979 when the feuding brothers went their separate ways Darnel changed his name again to Kid Creole and enlisted the help of some coconuts... and went on to fame and prosperity the world over.
For me though this tops anything that came after the split, this song is just beautiful, from the kids singing, the aforementioned sultry Latin feel to the lovely gentle tremeloed guitar parts... Excellent.
You might also recognise this as MIA covered it (the chorus anyway!) for her last single.
And for all you anoraks out there De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest have also sampled this track.

Buy - Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
Buy - The Very Best Of Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
Visit - Dr. Buzzard @ The Disco Museum

The Harvey Girls - Good Morning, Bubblegum

And now for a wonderful bit of music that found it's way into my inbox recently.
It's so fantastically upbeat and jolly, not generally my preferred listening style I have to be honest,
but it's so damn catchy, I swear you'll end up whistling along to the Good Morning line too...
This is the opening track from The Harvey Girls second album "Blabber And Smoke", the title was the first thing that caught my eye when opening my mail...
It's a Captain Beefheart song... Bonus points for that.
Also bonus points for making me smile...
Bonus points too for writing an infectious song that reminds me of some of the Velvets more upbeat moments...
The Harvey Girls are Melissa and Hiram, and they take the vocal duties in turn on the album, another of my favourites is sung by Hiram, Green Light (In Your Heavy Metal Mind), it has a darker dirtier feel but is no less beguiling.
Go see them at their website and download the album... Don't forget to donate something though.

Visit - The Harvey Girls


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