Sunday, March 27, 2011

Knock knock. Who's there? Beatles!

I love this sort of thing (this sort of thing being knock off albums) and I especially like knock-off Beatles albums. Fairly obviously designed to fool parents trying to buy the latest English sensation for their kid too young to shop for him/herself, they range from execrable to not bad. This one is somewhere in the middle, with the actual Beatles covers being the least interesting.
I especially appreciate the way that they incorporate Beatles suggestions ("whooo", "holding your hand", etc.) into their "original" songs. Apparently this collection of tracks has be
en released under a couple of different band names/album titles, including Billy Pepper & the Pepperpots and The Pop Machine.

Beats!!!! - The Merseyside Sound
Stereo Spectrum Records SDLP-170 (Pickwick International, Inc.)

I Want To Hold Your Hand
This Is What I Mean
Tell Me I'm The One
Maybe I Will
I Saw Her Standing There
Seems To Me
Got To get Another Girl
Your Kind Of Love
There I Go

"In Authentiphonic Stereo Process"

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

apply topically

This might be the only internet mention of this single (I was only willing to go about ten pages into Google, though). Cathy Kinsman put out an album in Canada in 1981 (the A side of this 1980 single was on the album) but it's the B side that caught my eye first - it's a current events song about the Iran hostage crisis of the late 70's. [edit: further perusal of the listed credits on the album indicates that maybe The Hostage Song (Fly Free Away) lost its topical title when the album came out (as the hostages had by then been released) and was included as simply Fly Free Away.] She's got a thing about flying, apparently. Make of that what you will.

Cathy Kinsman - The Hostage Song (Fly Free Away)/Flying So High