TRACY CHAPMAN - TALKIN' BOUT A REVOLUTION Dec 12, 2019
TRACY CHAPMAN - TALKIN' BOUT A REVOLUTION (1988)
The politically-charged second single from Tracy Chapman's self-titled debut album, TALKIN' BOUT A REVOLUTION might not have set the charts alight in the States compared to previous single 'Fast Car' but it was a bit hit overseas reaching the Top 40 in several countries.
"To start with a question, “Don’t you know,” implies that we should already know," wrote Amelia Martens for ColdFront, "we’re either supporting the revolution or we’re in the way. To sing out about a whisper. To rearrange those armies of salvation."
"The confidence of guitar and Chapman’s voice: “Poor people gonna rise up/ And take what’s theirs.” The belief that tables turn, that people in power should heed this warning and “run, run, run, run, run…”. The use of 2nd person (you) to implicate all of us: “Oh I said you better run…”
THE SPECIALS - DO NOTHING Dec 12, 2019
On this date in 1980, THE SPECIALS (Featuring ‘Rico With The Ice Rink String Sounds’) released the single DO NOTHING, (December 12th, 1980).
DO NOTHING, the second single from the MORE SPECIALS album was a special ‘Ice Rink’ version of the LP track and reached a very respectable #4 in the UK charts.
Brighter than the album track, the string sounds brought to the fore, ‘Do nothing’ was a mellow treatise on apathy. Whilst restating the class-conscious observations of the first LP, the song was equipped with damning lyrics, 'Policeman come and smack me in the teeth, I don't complain, it's not my function.'
One of the contrariest of tunes to bring in the season of goodwill, it’s hard to resist singing along to its breezy but nihilistic chorus, "I'm just living in a life without meaning".
The video here is The Specials’ TOTP appearance for ‘Do Nothing’ followed by a live recording.
On their Top Of The Pops appearance, the band appeared dressed in tartan trousers and Christmas jumpers. The Beat also appeared on the same episode to promote their single ‘Too Nice Too Talk To’.
Watch the episode and you’ll see that there’s a bass player swap around, with Horace joining The Beat and David Steele taking up bass for The Specials.
ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE Dec 12, 2019
MONTY PYTHON - ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
On this date in 1989, MONTY PYTHON released MONTY PYTHON SINGS, a compilation album of the comedy team's songs to celebrate their 20th anniversary, (December 11th 1989).
Containing popular songs from their previous albums and films, the album also included remixes and two previously unreleased tracks 'Oliver Cromwell' and 'I've Got Two Legs'.
The cover design by Terry Gilliam marked his first original album artwork since 1977's Instant Record Collection. The original vinyl release contained a booklet featuring illustrated lyrics to all the songs.
The album was released in memory of Graham Chapman, who died two months before its release.
Although the album did not chart on its original 1989 release, it was re-promoted following the successful reissue of 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' in 1991 when it reached No.62 in the UK album chart.
To celebrate the team's 50th anniversary, a double vinyl album set of Monty Python Sings (Again) was released on 4 October 2019, now including the Stephen Hawking version of "Galaxy Song".
The video here is the wonderful ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE.