Monday, 23 December 2013

Lexie's Chain: The Hundred and Fifty Third Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to week 153 of #lexieschain. The Penultimate Chain! Wooooohoooo!! Who will be da Chain Champ 2013? Last week da winner was Freddie wiv Lindisfarne and Winter Song.   Oh an a appy Crisp Mouse to yous all! Let's see wot we got this week:

Well done Freddie! An artist who was involved in politcal activism in the 80's was Steven van Zandt. He formed a group with about 49 musicians called Artists United Against Apartheid who produced "sun city", a song about an infamous resort in South America. Little Steven is known for many endeavors, but the one I would like to highlight is writing and producing a song that brought Darlene Love back to the charts, "All Alone at Christmas" featured in the Home Alone 2 movie. This number also features The E Street Band and The Miami Horns. Happy Christmas to all!

Another great win by Freddie! Super link pal. As I usually do I have been researching ma poor brain out. Then I was reminded of a song from Blood Sweat & Tears. I think I played this LP until it fell apart but haven't listened to it in ages. The desolation of winter still resonates. " Sometimes In Winter " A very Merry Christmas to all my Chainy pals! I so enjoy doing this with all of you! 

Last weeks winner was Winter Song by Alan Hull. My choice is Fairy Tale of New York by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl this is keeping the winter theme and if you disregard the words the rhythm and theme is so like the old Wassail songs, I defy anyone to hear it and not smile.

Well done Freddie on last weeks win, a very interesting link. Alan Hull was one if the founding members of Lindisfarne, a band who I will always associate with the tune "Fog on the Tyne". Fog on the Tyne was covered by Paul Gascoigne after the 1990 World Cup hysteria seemed to briefly turn the Uk Gazza crazy. Before the World Cup that year, the England team song was berated for not having any real football stars in the video despite it featuring Gazza and John Barnes. The song & my linky was of course World in Motion by New Order.

Hi Miss Lexie……last week mr Freddie was the winner with Alan Hull’s song…..and as you know it was performed live from the City Hall in Newcastle….and that is the bit we have focused on for our link this week…Newcastle is a large city in the north of England (for our non-UK players) and that has given us an excuse to pick our very favourite Bob Dylan song of all time….so this week my link is Girl From the North Country by Bob Dylan (with Johnny Cash)…its a beautiful song and very obviously recorded in one take as the vocals slide about all over each other as the two singers try to stay together….but that is the bit we like best….never be allowed to put it out today of course….curse you Simon Cowell!! *shakes tiny fist*.

Morning all. Clever Freddie won again last week he has had a great year on the chain. I have taken the word winter from Winter Song as my link as after all it is winter and we been having some wild weather. my choice is Winter Trees by The Staves who are sisters from Watford near my house. This is a lovely wintery song which came out last year and got quite a lot of airplay on 6 Music. Enjoy and a very happy and safe Christmas to all the chain gang it's been such fun swapping music with you all.

Well dun to you Freddie fur da win last week. It was a supa linky and a rilly good songy too! So we knows da songy is about thinking about others but we says to do dat you need to learn to love and if you has love den evathing and anything can be done. So da songy we going wid dis week is a Krissmassy songy by CeeLo Green. He did sing wid The Muppets. Da songy is called 'All I Need Is Love'. Get dem paws tapping...

Nice one Freddie. We's big fans of Lindisfarne. Our linky dus be frew Rod Clements and compassion. Rod Clements formed Lindisfarne with Alan Hull and also worked wiv Ralph McTell. One verse in particlear stands out for us in this song 'do you spare a thought for the homeless tramp who wishes he was dead'. Christmas-time is the time of year we shod fink of uvvas less fortunate who do not have the warmf of a home to call their own. So, our linky dus be Streets of London, which Rod Clements played bass on, a wonderfully emotional song highlightin the plight of the homeless, elderly and forgotten members of society, something that is even more poignant at this time of year. The message is a simple one, showing compassion.

An da winner ....... as chosen by ........ Freddie dus be .....................Skye!! Yay well done pal.  That mean you be choosin next the final chain ob da year ma pal.

Ere wot Freddie said bowty it: It's so ard to choose, do I pick fave song or fave linky. Dis week is speshully difficult, World in Motion dat rare fing a gweat sport song, Dad adores Kirsty MacColl, n we likes Dylan n Cash but dere were 2 dat stood out, Blood, Sweat and Tears which we'd never heard n luvd n Ralph McTell beautiful song n impawtant message. After much thawt I av picked linky 2 "Sometimes in Winter". Well done all n av a very Merry Christmas n fanks fer da chainy fun.

Speshul fanks to Lexie n er Mum fer all deir ard work each week.

Luv fwom Freddie

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) 29th December 2013 (gets it to me by 2pm UK time if poss). Oh sometimes I dus accidentally delete em! Heehee. So good idea to type DO NOT DELETE in the title!

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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