Fairweather – Beginning from an end (Epic 2017 #076)

The Epic 2017 Project #076: 170317

Fairweather – Beginning from an end (1971)

Fair Weather was a British rock band formed in 1970 by former Amen Corner guitarist and vocalist, Andy Fairweather Low. They are best known for their track, “Natural Sinner” taken from the debut 1971 album ‘Beginning from an end’.

Sadly the band’s life was short-lived. Nothing charted after ‘Natural Sinner’ so they disbanded later that same year.

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Wet Wet Wet – Love is all around (Leaping Ahead #157)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #157: 160605

[No. 1 on 5 June 1994]

I guess that most will think that ‘Love Is All Around’ was a Wet Wet Wet original – such was its popularity and success; but far from it. Written by Reg Presley, it was originally recorded by The Troggs and released in October 1967. Apparently its inspiration was a television transmission of the Joy Strings Salvation Army band’s “Love That’s All Around”.

The song’s been covered by numerous artists, including R.E.M., with whom the Troggs subsequently recorded their 1992 comeback album ‘Athens Andover’. R.E.M.’s cover was a B-side on their 1991 “Radio Song” single, and they also played it during their first appearance at MTV’s Unplugged series that same year. Wet Wet Wet’s cover, for the soundtrack to the 1994 film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, was an international hit though and spent 15 consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart.

25 songs in 25 days #8

One song per day along with an explanation of why you picked it. Day 8 – a song that reminds you of your first love

Justin Hayward – Forever Autumn (1978)

Yes I know – it’s a sad song. But there’s a reason for picking a sad one for the day 8 song; albeit one with a happy ending. My first love was very definitely my current love. Fell in love in ’77; still in love 37 years later. And with the same person – my wife, Sally. We met at art college – a foundation year – following which Sal got a place on a Ceramics degree course in the Midlands, 250 miles or so away from the South Coast where I lived. And as, in those early days, my heart was heavy, I latched onto the lyrics from this song.

…like the sun through the leaves you came to love me

like a leaf on the breeze you blew away…

Then I thought “stuff this…”, packed my bags and followed her up. Best decision I ever made.

25 songs in 25 days #5

One song per day along with an explanation of why you picked it. Day 5 – a song that is often stuck in my head

I am kloot – From your favourite sky (2003)

Why? Quite simply for two reasons – the beautifully crafted song and the exquisite lyrics. This is (to my mind) the perfect song. Faultless.

Here’s a vid…

…and here’s the lyrics so you, like I, can sing along (again).

Do you dare take a breath
Do you dream of a tragic death, I know you do
Do you wail, do you weep
You sing yourself to sleep, you delicate flower

And so what is love? And who am I
To dare to pull the stars from your favorite sky

You were born forth from joy, you’re every girl and boy
You know you are, you know you are
And you dress like a dame and you burn on a catholic flame
By the hours, by the hours

And so what is love? And who am I?
To dare to pull the stars from your favorite sky

You possess, s’avoir faire, put cheap bleach on your hair
You know you do, you know you do
Do you dare take a breath
You dream of a tragic death, you delicate flower

And so what is love? And who am I?
To dare to pull the stars from your favorite sky

And so what is love? And who am I?
To dare to pull the stars from your favorite sky
From your favorite sky

 

 

25 songs in 25 days #2

One song per day along with an explanation of why you picked it. Day 2 – a song that reminds you of your most recent ex-girlfriend

The Eagles – Desperado (from the album ‘Desperado’ – 1973)

Yes, that was a long time ago. But then, so was my last ex-girlfriend – Diane Lomax. That would have been sometime in late 1976/early 1977 as, later in ’77 I went to art college and met a girl who’d become my wife – and still is! But more about that later in this challenge.

Diane was a massive Eagles fan and Desperado was one of her favourites. Although an Eagles signature song – the title track was never released as a single. It did manage to make it into Rolling Stone magazine’s 2004 “The 500 greatest songs of all time” list though – no mean feat for a song never released as a single.