- Eva - Moon River (1974)
- Eddie Lee Mattison - El río de la luna (1972)
A joyous, uptempo pair of covers of the Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer classic, 'Moon River'. Eddie Lee Mattison's version is a pop reggae take (similar to Greyhound's version, as someone at 45cat notes) sung in Spanish, which I've ripped from the vinyl single.
Eva's funk cover comes from a CD reissue of her 1974 self-titled album. Born Eva Correia José Maria, Eva was usually known as Evinha. At just seven years old, she formed the vocal group Trio Esperança with her brother and sister. The trio, whose recordings mostly fit the Jovem Guarda style, scored a number of hits throughout the sixties. Evinha left them in 1968 and went onto a successful solo career. The group continued without her – replacing her with another sister – until the 90s, when she rejoined them.
Links: Evinha on AllMusic.
An intriguing, Egyptian-themed slice of French psych-pop from, presumably, the late 60s by the mysterious Milord. The title question asks, "Besides the Sphinx, what is there?" I have no idea what he is on about, but it sounds like an expression of wonder or philosophical rumination. French speakers, feel free to enlighten me.
I can't find any lead on who Milord was. The songwriting credit for every song is Milord Godefroy de Zaer, which sounds distinctly made up. The record was released on Disques R, whose only output appears to be this EP (it's the only release listed on both Discogs and Encyclopédisque).
Record sleeve (click to enlarge):
If you like this song, you may be interested in a mix I made a few years ago called Polychromé, which features this track and other French psych-ish stuff from the 60s and 70s. There's also a part two, Névrose.
This is the first time I'm trying the html5 music player as the default player, with flash as fallback. Please let me know if there are any issues with it. I'd like to get rid of the flash player at some point, so let me know if you need me to keep it.
Spiked Candy kicked off with a France Gall video and a Quebecoise France Gall cover, so for old times' sake, I thought I'd start again the same way:
This is a clip from an episode of a music show called Au risque de vous plaire which originally aired on the 10th of January, 1969. The episode, directed by Jean-Christophe Averty, is creative and colourful, making the most of the relatively new colour format. They've gone a bit nuts with the technique of using graphics to frame the footage, with fun results like those seen here. (The video may take a few moments to load).
I love Canadian girl Claire Lepage's take on France Gall's 1964 single, 'Le Premier Chagrin d'amour', which has lyrics by France's father, Robert Gall, and music by Claude Henri-Vic. In her slowed-down, more grown-up-sounding version, the 'first heartbreak' of the title sounds like it's about something that had more at stake than France Gall's lost teen love. Claire's version comes two year later, in 1966, which is a little unusual as international covers tended to appear soon after the original.
I've also made a playlist* of France Gall covers - 30 of them!
I've updated all my old posts with streaming music and videos, so anyone newly coming across them can still discover the music therein. For anything already on streaming services, I've embedded Bandcamp or Soundcloud players where available, otherwise I've used Spotify. The Spotify 'player' (which is really just a link to open Spotify) is not ideal as I prefer the music to be playable within the post, but at the time I was doing these, I was a bit stuck on what else to do with readily streamable music. I wasn't going to host those myself, nor did I want to use Youtube embeds, too many of which can cripple the page and whose content can often disappear. For new posts, I won't be using the Spotify embeds as I have some new options like a Youtube audio player.
If you don't use Spotify, there's also a link next to these songs (the icon) to search various streaming services. Additionally, anything available to buy has icon links to search a number of digital stores () and/or CD and record stores ().
Other songs are embedded with a flash player (Dewplayer), with an HTML5 player as the fallback (the opposite way it is usually done, but I had to go with this at the time for reasons I won't bore you with). If you prefer the HTML5 player, you'll have to disable Flash in your browser to see it. For new posts, the HTML5 player will be the default.
I've also updated many links in the posts to archived versions, as there was often invaluable info in these now deleted pages.
When moving the old blog posts to their new home, I found several entries that never made it to the blog. They now can be found under the lost posts tag. The posts are:
- Past Poupées - this is a collection of posts that originally appeared in an ongoing sidebar feature where I shared covers of 'Poupée de cire, poupée de son'.
- Au Revoir, Poupée - A post sharing the rest of the covers I hadn't posted in the sidebar feature.
- Fool On The Hill - Six versions of the song 'Uno tranquillo'.
- Mimi and Mädchen - A plug for two now defunct blogs, one by Mimi La Twisteuse and the other by Jens Keller, who now runs the Beat Fräuleins Facebook page. Some thoughts on German 60s pop, with two songs from the era.
- The Case Of The Two Zoes - A post about Greek actress Zoe Laskari, with a musical performance from the 1967 film Oi thalassies oi hadres.
Now on with the music!
After a ridiculously long hiatus, my blog is back! It has probably been way too long to expect that to mean anything to anybody, but I do hope some people who enjoyed the blog the first time around find their way here again. And of course, it would be wonderful to see some new visitors, whom I hope will find something to enjoy in the archives and in future posts.
What to expect from the new blog? Though my tastes have somewhat shifted and broadened over the years, much will be a continuation of what you will find in the archives: off-the-beaten-track, colourful pop and rock from all over the world, especially from or reminiscent of the 60s. I still love that magic combination of the accessible and the strange or unexpected, though perhaps more of the latter quality will show up in the new posts – the candy may be spiked with something a little more lysergic these days. There will probably be less that is purely twee or bubblegum, as I found I burnt out on the more overtly sugary side of my taste. I'm not averse to cuteness, but these days just prefer it wrapped in something more interesting that wears better over time. You will still find plenty of French 60s pop in these pages – it remains my true love. I don't really have a mission statement as such; I'll see how the blog takes shape as I post the music I love.
This really is not a blog for finding the latest music – I don't avidly keep up with new stuff, preferring to go where the mood and accidental pathways take me. It's also no longer a download blog, but I will consider sharing strictly long out-of-print stuff to download, upon request.
I know the online musical milieu has changed a lot since I last blogged, with MP3 blogs mostly a thing of the past, streaming really taking off and many once impossible-to-find songs now showing up readily on Youtube. But hopefully there is still a role for the humble music blog. I have been making playlists in the years my blog has been dormant, but there is something I missed about song blogging – just focusing on the greatness of one song at a time. I also realised I would like to have an avenue to share and write a bit about my playlists, as I put a lot of thought into them and often include some rare tracks.
The next post is a guide to the archives, then the music blogging shall recommence!
out of print
- February 19 2017
- February 2 2017
- December 24 2016
- December 23 2016
- November 25 2016
- November 19 2016
- November 11 2016
- October 29 2016
- October 7 2016
- September 1 2016
- August 29 2016
- July 30 2016
- July 19 2016
- July 14 2016
- Sun, Dec 10 2006
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