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Today: A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum

A Whiter Shade of Pale is written by Gary Brooker and Matthew Fisher. It’s a mix between popmusic (influenced by Percy Sledge) and classical music (for example we hear Bach in the original), performed with a Hammond, played by Fisher. Brooker heard somebody say to a woman- at a party- “You’ve turned a whiter shade of pale”. The lyrics refer to (in a Chaucer kind of way) the male-female relationship that ends up in the sexual act. The song can be seen as early progessive rock.

The band is named after a cat,named Procol Harum, a burmese, who was living with a guy known as ‘Ash’ who was dealing acid to Hendrix, for example, and Brooker.

Original recording: The song was taken from the group’s album Procol Harum, recorded in 1967 at Deram Records.

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Thursday: Queen Bee by Barbra Streisand

The song is taken from the soundtrack of the movie A Star is Born, in which Streisand is the main character: a singer songwriter who wants to become famous. The song is written by Rupert Holmes he collaborated a lot with Barbra, not always attributed. Despite all the critisism Streisand received, the soundtrack got a #1 notation. Streisand tried to present a new kind of rock music, by composing with Rupert Holmes, but this didn’t work out really good. Still., Streisand is the first artist who reached the top of the charts for six decades, with her albums (51 golden, 30 platinum and 13 multi-platinum).

Original recording: The song was taken from the Soundtrackalbum A Star is Born, recorded in 1975 at Columbia Records.

De Kauw

Ik kon er niet om heen, in een grote boom hadden zich een gezelschap kauwtjes verzameld. Het leek even of ik in een Hitchcock film was beland, maar dan in kleur. Ze leken in beraad, want de kauwtjes aan de ene kant van de boom, gilden naar de kauwtjes aan de andere kant van de boom. Zo nu en dan stegen een aantal kauwtjes op vlogen rondjes om de boom. Een ekster, zou hij de commotie hebben veroorzaakt, op zoek naar eitjes of babykauwtjes? Maar nee, de ekster was gewoon aan het chillen, kraaiachtigen laten elkaar met rust. Een paar kauwtjes verdwenen uit het zicht, om terug te keren, als op een missie geweest maakten ze geluidjes. Stating their business. De spin deed het allemaal niks.

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Today: Oh Susie Q by Creedence Clearwater Revival

The version of CCR is the most famous cover of Susie Q. The orginal version is written by Dale Hawkins. James Burton featured in the orginal version. Stan Lewis and Eleanor Broadwater are referred to as co-writers, but this was only for the royalties. It was a late rockabilly song from Louisiana. All the other songs on the debut album are written by John Fogerty. Before CCR the played as the Golliwogs for years, but never achieved succes. They received gold, however, for this coverversion of Susie Q.

CCR was named after a friend of Tom Fogerty (Credence Nuball) and a beer advertisement (Clearwater). CCR played on Woodstock, but because of technical difficulties (and because the Grateful Dead played far too long and everyone had fallen asleep by the time CCR started to play, at 3 a.m.) Fogerty didn’t want the performance to be filmed and recorded.

Original recording: The song was taken from the group’s album Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded in 1968 at Checker Records (a subsidiary to Chess Records).

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Today: The Equestrian Statue by The Bonzo Dog Band

The band was created by a group of art-school students in the sixties. They combine music (music hall trad jazz and psychedelic pop) and humouristic & avantgardistic elements. Paul McCartney appeared on a single (I’m The Urban Spaceman) under the pseudonym Apollo C. Vermouth.

The song is based on Jean-Paul Sartres ‘Nausea’. Neil Innes (a comedian and founder of the band) read the book and thought it was all ‘existential rubbish’: “Who is this guy worried about whether a lamppost exists more than he does’. An equestrian statue was a more interesting object, in Innes’ opinion. And so he wrote a song about an equestrian statue. Innes later became the unofficial member of Monthy Python.

Original recording: The song was taken from the group’s album Gorilla recorded in 1967 by Liberty Records

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Yesterday: Heart Full of Soul by The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds is a British Invasion band who originally played blues-rock, for example they did a coverversion of Howlin’ Wolfs Smokestack Lightning. Heart Full of Soul is written by Graham Gouldman,(who later became a 10cc member). When The Yardbirds made the switch from rhytm & blues to pop-rock Eric Clapton, who was a member of The Yardbirds, left the band and started playing with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Other members from The Yardbirds were Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. When Page left he founded Led Zeppelin.

The song was ment to be played on the sitar, but eventually it was played with effect on the electric guitar.

Original recording: The song was taken from the group’s album Having A Rave Up recorded in 1965 at IBC Studio’s

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Yesterday: Heart Full of Soul by The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds is a British Invasion band who originally played blues-rock, for example they did a coverversion of Howlin’ Wolfs Smokestack Lightning. Heart Full of Soul is written by Graham Gouldman,(who later became a 10cc member). When The Yardbirds made the switch from rhytm & blues to pop-rock Eric Clapton, who was a member of The Yardbirds, left the band and started playing with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Other members from The Yardbirds were Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. When Page left he founded Led Zeppelin.

The song was ment to be played on the sitar, but eventually it was played with effect on the electric guitar.

Original recording: The song was taken from the group’s album Having A Rave Up recorded in 1965 at IBC Studio’s

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Saturday:  Berry Rides Again by Steppenwolf

On the same (debut) album is the song Born to Be Wild, used in the movie Easy Rider in which the societal themes from that time are brought up (such as the tension between beatniks and the people leading a conventional lifestyle, drugs, etc.).

Steppenwolf was played at soulstations, when they found out Steppenwolf were white. They had a few hommages to Chess Records (the record company founded by the Jewish brothers Phil and Leonard Chess, who recorded for example John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddly and Chuck Berry). This song by the psychedelic blues-rockband from the sixties is a tribute to Chuck Berry. The song is written byJohn Kay, the German-Canadion front-man of the band.

Original recording: The song was taken from the group’s album Steppenwolf released in 1968 by ABC Dunhill Records

Robocop from 1987, like George Orwell with 1984, this movie tries to warn us for the dangers that come along with technology and unequal power distribution, and the negative impact of gentrification. Orwell predicted a few things right, but there’s one thing that Robocop makes very clear to us: it might not be the things we hate that will be dangerous, rather the things we love that can become alienated and thus dangerous.

Robocop from 1987, like George Orwell with 1984, this movie tries to warn us for the dangers that come along with technology and unequal power distribution, and the negative impact of gentrification. Orwell predicted a few things right, but there’s one thing that Robocop makes very clear to us: it might not be the things we hate that will be dangerous, rather the things we love that can become alienated and thus dangerous.