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1. Mina Mazzini – Se Telefonando

Pretty much the heavyweight champion of popular song. Almost everybody who hears it seems to flip for it.  I heard it via the excellent SBS doco ‘Love & Anarchy, The Wild Wild World of Jaimie Leonarder.’ There’s a great tear-jerking scene of Jaimie dancing with his wife Aspacia to this song as the credits roll. The music is by Ennio Morricone, and I’m sure I read somewhere that he swiped part of the melody from a French police siren. Mina is still doing her thing. She’s had a crazy amount of hit singles in Italy.

2. The Cosmic Rays – Somebody’s In Love

Until I stumbled upon Sun Ra’s ‘The Singles’ set I had no idea he made 45s, let alone produced them for other bands. I’m not sure what he hoped for them, but it seems to be a fairly neglected part of his legacy. In any case, this is a really nice piece of space-age doo-wop(TM).

3. Mirrors – Annie

Mirrors were a great Velvets/Troggs/Barrett obsessed rock n roll band from Cleveland, Ohio, in the early to mid 70s. This song was written by Craig Bell, later of Rocket From The Tombs. Mirrors are responsible for a bunch of great songs, and I’d recommend you track down the Shirley b/w She Smiled Wild 45.

4. Ghostface Killah – Charlie Brown

Ghost at his funnest, rhyming over a really cool sample of Caetano Veloso’s ‘Alfomega’. He laments the stiffing of ‘Bulletproof Wallets’ and tosses off a few other ridiculous zingers: “Teflon that was made by Guess/Even my girl got a bulletproof dress”

5. Jimmy Webb & Dave Graney – Galveston

I’m glad I never got invited to parties in the 1990s, as it ensured I was always home on Saturday night to see TV like this. I’m excited about the new Dave Graney and the mistLY LP, ‘You’ve Been In My Mind’, and I catch them live every chance I get. They toy with the expectations of squares of all persuasions.

Lightning Round. Funkadelic – I Bet You

I know it’s supposed to be 5 songs, but after I finished I realised I’d forgotten this Funkadelic masterpiece.


Sam Worrad plays bass in The Holy Soul and next Friday and Saturday they’re returning with Damo Suzuki on the mic at The Terrace Bar in Newcastle before the Red Rattler in Sydney. Follow the links for more information.

Damo Suzuki & The Holy Soul at The Terrace Bar Newcastle July 6

Damo Suzuki & The Holy Soul at Red Rattler for Repressed Records July 7

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