Sunday, 5 January 2014

Lexie's Chain: The Hundred and Fifty Fifth Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to week 155 of #lexieschain. The first chain of 2014 so it all to play for at dis stage. Welcome to new players, I hope you dus enjoy da game. Any problems, you let me know. 

Last week da winner was Harvs with Chicago Transit Aufirtiry and Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is. Let's see wot we got this week:

Well done Harvey! My choice for a link this week is time. Chicago had a couple time related numbers, "25 or 5 to 4" and "Does anyone Really Know what time it is?". Mom remembers playing CTA numbers in band when in high school and thinking the music quite different to play. An obvious influence for Chicago is jazz as evidenced by the chording, soloing, "big band" instrumentation, and timing. My choice is a pioneering chart written in 5/4 time signature, "Take Five" by Dave Brubeck featuring Paul Desmond on alto sax. Enjoy!

I noes wat Harvs says bout not knowin wat time it is cause I hopeluss wif time.
My response two Harvs winner bee, "Time is on my side" by da Rollin Stones. It Waz recorded in 1964. Dat bee fiftee yeers ago and bof mee Ma and mee Pa be fiftee dis yeer, Ma on mee birfdaee next week! I not finks day agree wif Mick dat time is on Dere side, life seem to bee goin two quick lee in our hoose at da moment. I dedicate dis entry two mee Ma, youz may be fiftee but youz still me snugglee Ma.

@fuzzybear and @wotterface
The last song in the linky was chicago transit authority's - 'does anybody really know what time it is?' - which made me think of other bands from the town of chicago. one such group is 'the smashing pumpkins', and they have a song called 'tonight tonight' which brings you a bit closer to knowing what time it is!!

Last week we ad Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? by Chicago. If anyone should know what time it is it's a Timelord like Dr Who. Dr Who? Yes, Dr Who :-) A band who should know the time are The Timelords (aka KLF) and this week my link is said Timelords with their fun (but pretty rubbish) number one hit wot be called "Doctorin' the Tardis" Is also apt coz of all the hooha surrounding Dr Who just now.

So the last link was Chicago Transit Authority's 'Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?' 4 o'clock of course - at least according to Emilie Autumn's watch. 

Great linky Harvs! When the band now known as Chicago first started out they were known as Chicago Transit Authority. Needless to say the actual Chicago Transit Authority was not amused and issued a " Cease and Desist " order. So this made me think of another situation that did also occur but what was resolved in a different manner. The Postal Service is/was a super group made up of Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie), producer Jimmy Tamborello (of Dntel and Headset) with Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley) on background vocals/keyboards. USPS ( United States Postal Service) also issued a stop order to the band saying that the name was trade marked. . But through negotiations the USPS agreed to allow the band to continue to use the name in exchange for promotional assistance. The Postal Service " Such Great Heights " And we begin the New Year Lexieschain! 

@terenceterrier and @borderpup
Terence: Last linky of 2013 woz won by dear pal @BunnersAndHarvs wiv “Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is” by Chicago Transit Authority. One fur who neva seemed to know da time woz da White Wabbit in Alice In Wonderland. So I gives yoo as my linky “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane.

Borderpup: Well, I started to fink, who is dat band? Oh yes, they shortened their name to Chicago and had lots of hits. So, which other bands have shortened their names and gone on to be successful? We fort of Jefferson Airplane who (alledgedly!) were originally going to be called Blind Lemon Jefferson Airplane. Their first really famuss hit was 'White Rabbit' so guess what? Dat is annuver linky, cos in the Alice in Wonderland books the white rabbit was the wun who was always looking at his watch to see what time it was, cos he was worried about being late!

Happy 2014 everyone and here's to another year of fun on Lexie's Chain. So looking for a link from Chicago Transit Authority as chosen by Harvey I knew that they had later changed their name to Chicago following issues with the transport company of the same name. That got me thinking about bands who had issues with their name. I know some bands are called different things in Uk and US due to name clashes. That took me to a Manchester band that I have a fondness for who faced that dilemma. it's The Charlatans in the US their name is The Charlatans UK because of a name clash. The link is to probably their best known song North Country Boy enjoy. Thank you.

Great winning song, highlighting how people's thoughts & actions are so controlled by the pace of life they forget time and and how life is passing them by. Its a familiar complaint about frenetic modern life, particularly in the city where people don't notice others or even themselves & its a frequent subject of songs. Our linky taps into this too, it is The Kinks Waterloo Sunset, millions of people are too busy to notice the beauty around them or the two lovers meeting, only the solitary observer alone at his window sees the beauty, the lovers & contradiction of loneliness in a crowd.

Thinking cap was on and I was looking for a song or music connected with "time and clocks" perhaps time keeping, my choice this week is music from the film Hugo.
A lovely film directed by Martin Scorsese from the book by Brian Selznick called The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Its about an orphan who lives in a Paris railway station keeping the clocks working. He is fascinated by all things clockwork, I wont spoil it for those who have not seen it. I though it was a charming film and the music was perfect.

Hmm … Well Chicago Transit Aufority. One original member of the band wot later became known just as Chicago was Peter Cetera. He wrote a song Save Me whih was the original feem toon for da tv show Baywatch. Baywatch starred nun uvva than hunk of the day David Hasselhof, nicknamed The Hoff. He was very popular in Germany and had a number one hit in the German pop charts in 1989 called Looking for Freedom. So that is our song Looking for Freedom which also coolly features The Hoff as Michael Knight as The Knightrider!

So, the first winner of 2014 Lexie's Chain .... as chosen by ...... @bunnersandharvs ... dus be ........@thisbear. Yay!! Well done ma pal. So dat mean you be choosin next week.

Ere wot Harvey said bowty it: oH dEr sO mAnY gOoD LiNkiEs hErE LeXiE bUt aFta mUch tHort, wE gOiNg siMpLeS & gOING wiD 4 0'clock cOs iT mAde uS LaRf & wE aLsO tHOrT iS wAs a fUnKEe sOnGy tOo! tHaNkS fUr bEiNG dA hOsTESt wiD dA MosTesSt...oH & cOngRaDtOoLasHuNs oN yOuR wIN fUr dA yEAr! yAy!!  mWaH xx

So 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) 12th January 2014 (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 and dussnt forget to send a linky to da video from You Tube!

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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