Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Pull the Blog Chain


Now and again, driving in the evening, I find myself listening to that odd duo, Radcliffe and Maconie on Radio 2. They seem to know their music. They have a thing called The Chain, where each song must be connected, in some way, to the previous show's 'Chain' song. Sometimes the link is obvious, sometimes tenuous, often quite complicated.

I am going to attempt a Blog Chain, to coin a phrase. Lilith did a post yesterday which she called #1 in an occasional series of her Desert Island Dance Tracks. It was the daddy of all rock and rollers, Chuck Berry, with Brown Eyed Handsome Man.

I could have headed off towards Van the Man with Brown Eyed Girl, or any song by that great duo the Handsome Family. You see how this works? But my song, continuing the chain, is the first single ever released by the Stones. It is Chuck Berry's Come On. Berry released it in October 1961; the Stones released their cover less than 2 years later, so it was still pretty fresh. Berry's original was a slightly slower tempo, so the Stones rocked it up a bit, but didn't try anything too fancy. Where Berry had short flashes of lead guitar, the Stones went with Brian Jones' harmonica. Perhaps Keith was still finding his feet. The rythm section sounds sublime, as ever. I always have this on the playlist when we are dancing in the tent here and it never disappoints.

Okay, who's going to take this chain further? Ideally, you do a post on your own blog (flag it up in the comments section here so we know where to go). I fully expect this chain to sprout in myriad directions, and still be going strong in a year's time. I think it would help if you posted the best YouTube version of it you can find. I have not been able to find live footage of this one; never mind.

Get those discs spinning, folks. Let's see where it leads.

10 comments:

Wildhighlander said...

OK - Pulling the OGGCHAIN. Follow this - http://www.twhblog.com/

idle said...

A very good first link in the chain. Wildhighlander's taste in music is no guide to the high art he produces with his lens. Check out his website from his blog; he's really quite good.

Elby The Beserk said...

Had the first twelve Stones singles, in the orange Decca sleeves. Sold them many many years ago, poverty stricken methinks. Gather they would be worth a fortune now, but so it goes...

Elby The Beserk said...

Home on holidays from school. Top Of The Pops. Stones doing 'Satisfaction'. Father gently simmering (said to me at the time; "I don't mind long hair - as long as it is not over the collar" (bless him)). "Dreadful man", he says. "Oh I don't know", says Mother, "I think he's rather sexy" :-)

Scrobs... said...

Might have to start off with 'Twist and shout', because of the line 'Come on, come on, come on Baby now; (come on Baby); twist and shout...'!

Working on this Iders - I may be some time...

Do you really need a link to that one?

Scrobs... said...

The 'Go now', the Moody Blues...

Scrobs... said...

"Where do you go to my lovely', followed by 'Maggie's farm', because it always crops up everywhere...

Pun not intended - sorry...

Philipa said...

I have pulled your blog chain, over at my place.

rvi said...

Since brown and berry seem to be the keywords here, might I suggest:

Don't it make your brown eyes blue

and/or Fats Domino's Blueberry Hill

or indeed just about anything by (taking the teensiest liberty with the spelling)
Bunny Berigan of whose repertoire this is my favourite.

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