Sunday, 22 April 2012

Lexie's Chain: The Sixty-Eighth Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to Week 68 of #lexieschain. Dis week was down to Bunners & Harvs to choose. Last week we ad The Shamen and Ebeneezer Goode. So let's av a look at dem now.

Congrats & much applause to the Bunbury & the Harvey for their magnificent win last week. Moving on from The Shamen & Ebeneezer Goode I have chosen as my link They Might Be Giants with Birdhouse in your Soul. The Shamen were signed to the Indie record label One Little Indian as were They Might Be Giants. This song is about a lickle night light that takes the form of a sweet blue canary who proclaims itself to be protector of you & your room whilst you sleep.

The winning linky song “Ebeneezer Goode” was alleged to be promoting drug use because the refrain sounded like “E’s are good” (where E = Ecstasy the dance drug) and there were many other drug references in the song. A group who took their name from the drug culture was Dexys Midnight Runners. In this instance the first part of the band name Dexys came from Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) and “Midnight Runners” was a reference to the energy it gave to users allowing them to dance all night. For my linky I choose a live version of “Come On Eileen” which was a No 1 hit single for them . 

Winning linky last week was Ebeneezer Goode by The Shamen. This makes me think of another character with same name – Ebeneezer Scrooge – who was a character in Charles Dicken’s novel A Christmas Carol. in 1992 there was a stage musical version “Scrooge: The Musical” so for my linky I choose the song “Thank You Very Much” which was sung by Scrooge.

Last week we did see Bunners n Harvs choose a song called Ebeneezer Goode which did get to be contrevershull cos peeps fink it did ave references to drugs in it disguised as cockernee ryhmin slangs. "Has anybody got any Veras?" ("Vera Lynns" being rhyming slang for "skins" or rolling papers) and "Got any salmon?" ("salmon and trout" being rhyming slang for "snout" or tobacco). Norty, norty!! He he. Anyway, we did get to finking bout rhyming slang in da music and of corse that made us fink about Dj called Pete Tong….It's all gone a bit Pete Tong or Wrong!! So, our link this week be The Beta Band and Troubles from da movie soundtrack of da film of It's All Gone a Bit Pete Tong….

Here it is, last week's choice is The Shaman - Ebeneezer Goode which was controversial as it was glorifying drugs. My choice is Lucy in the Sky of Diamonds by The Beatles. Why? Because it is also inspired by drugs and drug taking.

So last week was a song by The Shaman. Will Sinnott (rip) a band member, had a guitar making father. Apparently he made a guitar for the legendary John Martyn. John Martyn wrote and sang 'May You Never', Eric Clapton also covered this song. Eric Clapton was known as 'slow hands' for his guitar playing skills. My chainy do so be -yes-you've guessed it-'Slow Hands' by The Pointer Sisters.

This week a link to Ebeneezer Goode by The Shamen is sought. Well, due to its underlying drug related lyrics Eveneezer Goode was actually banned by the BBC. In this Jubilee year that reminded me of another controversial song that was censored by the BBC in the year of our Queen's silver Jubilee in 1977. This song was God Save The Queen by The Sex Pistols and is my link for this week. As well as not being broadcast it is rumoured the BBC singles chart was actually "fixed" to ensure the song never made it to No1 instead peaking at No2. 

According to our sources (ok, a certain online encyclopaedia) The Shamen were originally called Alone Again Or, which was a tribute to a song by the band called Love. This dus be one of Mum's favrit songs ever! Anyhoo, back to the competishun. The Damned were also influenced by Love and recorded Alone Again Or, and my choice is another cover they recorded, Eloise, wot did turn out to be their biggest hit (and annuver of mum's favrits!).

First ob all me say @bunnersandharvs did pick da Ebeneezer Goode by The Shamen which wuz contraveshul cuz supposed to be about drugs so me pick anuvver song some say be about drugs also (me not fink so!). Dis be "Mighty Quinn" by Manfred Mann. So as dey say, "come on and sing everybody!"  "Mighty Quinn" by Manfred Mann

The Shamen was part of da rave scene an massive influence on acid house. Annuva band wot was bit at dat time as well was called Orbital. The Shamen song was bowt Ebeneezer Goode. Well it was bowt drugs really. Obital dun a song wot was about a fictional character too!! Is called Doctor Who! Here it dus be as ma linky:

An da winner .... as chosen by ....  @bunnersandharvs .... dus be ........ @kelsoterrier wiv God Save The Queen by the Sex Pistols. Wow, dat's a toughie! Da boys telled me dat:

iT wUs hArD tO mAk dA cHoiCy diS weEk. DeY wAs gReAt sOnGs eVeN tHoUgh sOmE oF dEm wAs nOiSy (hOpA!). sOo aFtEr mUcH dEbAtiNG wE dUs gO wiD 'the Sex Pistol's - God Save the Queen' iT wAs wE LoUd bUt wE diD vOTe dA mOSt pAwS fOR iT! hEe hEe. 

2nd  cHoiCy wAs 'Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners & 3rd cHoiCy wAs 'It's All Gone a Bit Pete Tong - The Beta Band' 

Anyway is time again get your finkin caps on an send me (find out how on da guidelines page fing) the next link in the chain. Da winner dis week dus be pickin da winner next week and dat means you Kelso.

It's over to you! Email me: lexie at toxicpenguin dot com or DM me on twitter (@dogstoyevsky) wiv your link suggestion followin on from dis one! You has until noon (GMT) Sunday 29 April 2012. Sometimes I dus accidentally delete em! Heehee. So good idea to type DO NOT DELETE in the title! Ha-haaaaa - definitely works though!

Lexie's Chain dus be inspired by da pawsome Radcliffe & Maconie Show wot you can has a listen to on dere website. Follow me @dogstoyevsky or #lexieschain on Twitter to join da fun. Remember anyfink goes! Rock, classical, opera, ballads, punk, reggae - is up to you! Fanx for playin!

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