Antonio Banderas – Cancion del mariachi (Leaping Ahead #152)

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[Song from a Spanish artiste]

From the soundtrack to Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Desperado’, this was performed by Los Lobos and Antonio Banderas. The album track “Mariachi Suite” by Los Lobos was awarded a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance at the 1995 Grammy Awards.

Mungo Jerry – In the Summertime (Leaping Ahead #151)

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[A song from 1970]

This was Mungo Jerry’s debut single. Written and composed by its lead singer, Ray Dorset, it celebrates the carefree days of summer. In 1970 it reached number one in charts around the world, including seven weeks in the UK Singles Chart, two weeks in one of the Canadian charts, and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US. The song took Dorset only ten minutes to write and compose, which he did using a second-hand Fender Stratocaster while he was taking time off work from his regular job, working in a lab for Timex. The song’s lyric “have a drink, have a drive, go out and see what you can find” led to the song’s somewhat ironic use in a UK advert for the campaign Drinking and Driving Wrecks Lives.

The Cure – Friday I’m in love (Leaping Ahead #148)

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[A Friday song]

This was the second single from the 1992 album ‘Wish’. During the writing process, Robert Smith became convinced that he had inadvertently stolen the chord progression from somewhere, and this led him to a state of paranoia where he called everyone he could think of and played the song for them, asking if they heard it before. None of them had, and Smith realised that the melody was indeed his.

And here’s a song fact for you – it was written to be a slower number than its upbeat final rendition. While the track was recorded in D major, the commercially released version sounds a quarter-tone higher than D major due to Robert Smith forgetting to turn off the vari-speed on the tape after toying with it before recording. When played live, the song is played in its original intended key as opposed to the one heard on the record.

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.