Camille – Money Note (Leaping Ahead #144)

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[Song from a French band]

I’ve had the privilege of seeing Camille live on seven different occasions now. I was even at the gig at London’s Koko (Kings Cross) featured in the video today. Most of Camille’s eclectic performances are given using simply voice as the musical accompaniment. Although we have seen a piano from time to time.¬†Money Note is from the 2008 album ‘Music Hole’.

The Archies – Sugar Sugar (Leaping Ahead #143)

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[A song from 1969]

Written by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim, this took the bubblegum pop band ‘The Archies’ to the No.1 slot in the US and the UK in 1969 for a total of 12 weeks. The band was formed by a group of fictional teenagers in the television cartoon series The Archie Show. It became a hit again in 1970 when rhythm and blues and soul singer Wilson Pickett took it back onto the charts.

Wizard – See my baby jive (Leaping Ahead #141)

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[No. 1 on 20 May 1973]

Written and produced by Roy Wood, this was the second single by Wood’s band and their first to reach number one in the UK Singles Chart, spending four weeks at the top of the chart during May and June 1973.ABBA later acknowledged its influence on their first major international hit “Waterloo” the following year. A cover version by Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids was released in 1977.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – SOB (Leaping Ahead #139)

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[A song for the 2010’s (5)]

Released as the lead single from their self-titled debut in August 2015, Rateliff told Rolling Stone that the song is, at heart, a troubled song about drinking your life away after a break-up. He also told the BBC that the song is a “joke song” and originally his band didn’t plan to record it, but due to positive reception (Jimmy Fallon’s ‘The Tonight Show’), did so and released it as a single.