Thursday, 16 October 2014

Lexie's Chain: The Hundred and Ninety Third Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to week 193 of #lexieschain. Last week was Sam Cooke and Chain Gang. Let us see what we gots dis week:

Middle of da night search for inspirashun to link Sam Cooke n Working on A Chain Gang to a brill linky to impress da judge. I had a good fink and remembas dat it woz slaves wot werked on chain gangs. So for my linky I gives yoo Slave to Love by Bryan Ferry. I gives yoo in best Tucker tradishun a live vershun of da songy. Dis from a concert in Lyon and I fink betta than da original offishull video.

Well done @Skye613 giving us Sam Cooke and Chain Gang to make links in the chain. This immediately made me think of the song by The Pretenders "Back on the Chain Gang". The Pretenders had taken their name from the Platters' song "The Great Pretender". Sam Cooke had also made a soulful cover version of this song. The Pretenders only original member is Chrissie Hynde; an artist renowned for her animal rights views. This year she released my linky: "You or no one" a song for all dogs, whether they be loved or looking for love, everywhere.

Dead simple this week. Last week was Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang" and Johnny Cash did a song with the same title so we decided to pick a Johnny Cash song. We've actually gone with his cover of Nine Inch Nail's "Hurt" because it's possibly better than the original and the video is particularly moving, showing an ageing Cash after the death of June...

Last week Working on a Chain Gang sung by Sam Cooke a great choice from @skye613 I love Sam Cooke who died tragically young. It got me thinking of prison films and the music associated with them I keep coming back to the music of The Great Escape this is my choice.

We keep missing Lexie's chain we are sorry. This week we have used the word Cooke as our link and used it to take us to Paul Cook the drummer in the Sex Pistols. Different spelling but don't suppose that matters we have chosen Pretty Vacant for that incendiary opening guitar which even now sounds really really exciting so that our link for this week good luck all.

Well done Skye with Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang". A 1955 prison film titled Unchained is best known for the theme song which was recorded by many artists including Sam Cooke. My prison related chain (gang) is "Unchained Melody". The artists best know for the song are the Righteous Brothers who had a resurgence due to the movie "Ghost".

Chain Gang. A chain is gang (ha) of prisoners wot works while they is all chained together. We fort bowt filums wiv chain gangs in em. One wot we likes is Cool Hand Luke wiv Paul Newman. So Chain Gang > Cool Hand Luke > Paul Newman. Paul Newman starred in quite a few filums wiv Robert Redford. Our favourite dus be Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. An a great song from da movie is Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head. Somfink I bet chain gangs would be happy wiv to keep em cool!

Hi Miss Lexie. Last week Miss Skye won with a song abut a chain gang…a chain gang of course is a group of prisoners chained together doing lots of work¦that sounds awful to us so if I was in jail I could definitely be looking to break out and so my linky this week is Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy!

Gweat winner last week not too many singers or songs offer sympafy to prisoners. Sam Cooke also publicly supported Civil Rights wiv Change is Gonna Come which makes most contemporary Soul seem bland n soulless by comparison but dere is still passion n pwotest in music. Wes not fans of most Rap n Hip Hop but we duz like Nas n da first time we heard Just a Moment we wuz blown away by its power, its restrained anger at ow a life of crime leadin to a senseless death or prison is da lot fer too many. It also used a confrontational word dat caused a dispute wiv Jesse jackson, Nasâ response wuz change happened but problems still exist n pwotest continues in a new way. Da song also calls fer moments of silence to remember fwends, relatives, soldiers anyone who has died, Sam Cooke wuz murdered in circumstances dat remain controversial. Our linky Just a Moment by NasÂ

Well here we is on anouthur week with a great song to to find a linky fur. Well done to Skye & Sonny. So Sam Cooke wos singin about working hard on a chain gang....which wos about inekwality and hardship. It gots us thinking abowt Dolly Parton's song 'Nine to Five'. Cos it about how sum womens dus wurk so hard dey dus 'lose your life' cos it all 'take and no giving'. It also put a smile on our face and we did tap our paws too. Good luck choosing pals and happy day to you all.

An da winner as chosen by @skye613 dus be .....................................  @wonderwinger .. Briar Chrissie Hynde and You Or No One. Yay! Well done me pal. You dus be choosin next time. 
Ere wot Skye saided: The links this week were all wonderfully woven around working on the chain gang, the lonely desolate feeling. Picking link # 2 as it touched my heart. Loved all- really close with #1,6 & 9. Well done chainy pals!

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 19th October 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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