Monday, 4 May 2015

Lexie's Chain: The Two Hundred and Twenty Second Chain

Hello pals. Welcome to week 222 #lexieschain. Last week the winner was Skye wiv Tide is High from Blondie. Let's see wot we gots dis week:

Well done Terence with Beach Boys' "Surfin' USA". Brian Wilson was an innovative composer who influenced his contemporaries as well as current bands. There was a friendly rivalry between the Beatles and the Beach Boys with each band influencing the other. Brian experimented with unusual instruments such as the Thermin. The Beatles incorporated sitar into their compositions. it is said that "Norwegian Wood" was written using Brian's chord progressions.

my choice for this weeks link is the theme tune of Hawaii five O , I alway think of surfing when I hear that, it was appropriate to go with the Beach Boys Surfing  USA.

Love Surfin' U.S.A., such a happy summery song. Surfing seems energetic though, I prefer UK seaside activities such waking barefoot on the beach in the sun maybe taking in a Punch & Judy show for entertainment...ahh, Summertime. So what beach link could possibly spring to mind? Well only the aptly named barefoot pop princess of the 1960s Sandie Shaw of course! And what song? Well it is Eurovision soon and sticking to the Punch & Judy theme it has to be the Eurovision winning Puppet On A String.

Woo hoo for Terence for winning last week with Surfing USA by the Beach Boys. When you walk along a beach sometimes you see driftwood washed up by the waves. Lots of pieces of driftwood could collectively be called "drifters". Coincidentally,  Ben E King, who died this week, was the lead singer of the band "The Drifters". However, he will always be best remembered for my linky "Stand by Me". I particularly love this live version for the joie de vivre of Ben E King & Eric C's little guitar solo.

Last week's winner was Terence with the Beach Boy's surfin USA. I did some research and am ashamed to say I never realised it was written to the tune of Chuck Berry's Sweet Sixteen! So I got thinking about songs that sound like other songs. Like that awful Blurred Lines and Marvin Gaye. So I came across Lady Gaga's Born This Way, an anthem to being yourself and independence. It's very similar to Madonna's Express Yourself both musically and thematically. So I've gone with Madonna's  Express Yourself (mind the stairs Madge!).

Last week's winner was @terenceterrier with Surfin USA by the Beach Boys. The Beach Boys album "Pet Sounds" was the inspiration for the Sgt Pepper album says Paul McCartney. So our link this week is "Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" by the Beatles.

Surfina USA from Beach Boys eh? Well thems is very well known for their californian style and laid back approach to life. California is well know for its migration of hippies from all over da world for its relaxed approach to life. Course the most famous hippy fing wot ever appened was Woodstock what was a moosical spectacle that all other festivals av tried to replicate over the years all over da world too. Woodstock was billed as An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music. It became known as the Age of Aquarius. So that's our linky. This is the dawning of the age of aquarius! Peace man :).

Last week Sir Terence won with Surfin USA by the Beach Boys….that reminded us of the finest film of all time, Point Break starring Keanu Reeves (watch it, you won’t be disappointed). The film is set in sunny California and there was a small cameo in the movie by Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers…so this week, our link is Californication by the RHCP.

Everyone knows that Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys was a major influence on countless musicians. But who influenced him you ask? Well that would be Phil Spector and his Wall Of Sound. A technique that was developed by using large numbers of instruments playing in unison. The best example of this according to Spector  is " River Deep Mountain High" which he produced for Ike & Tina Turner. Know this is old & not good quality but it has the intro. Priceless !!

So dat Terence did a supa linky last week wid da Beach Boys, Surfing USA. We says if you going Surfin den you must go all da time so dat makes you a Beach Baby! So get your paws a tapping cos our linky dis week is 'Beach Baby' by First Class. Have fun chooosin da winna, Ter!

The sound of the Beach Boys' Surfin' USA immediately conjures up so many lovely pictures - a perfect summer's day, with huge ocean waves crashing on a golden beach, palm trees swaying in the breeze, lean, tanned surfers riding longboards, barreling the left at Pipeline... And Brian Wilson wrote the song, right?  Wrong. The songwriting credit (and the royalties) go to Chuck Berry, whose Sweet Little Sixteen was reworked by Brian into the song we know and love so well!

An da winner as chosen by Terence be ............................ @wonderwinger Briar! Yay! Well done me pal. You choosin next week.

Ere wot Terence said: Dey werkin a poor terrier overtime dis week. 11 cleva linkies ! So I decides to be syentiffik or summat like dat. 50% marks for supa cleva linky, 40% marks for luvvly songy, 10% marks for personal favrit songy or artistes. So afta running da marks froo Hal da Poota  he coffs up da result n da winning linky be numba 4 but wiv linky 7 a very close second. Iz goin for a laydown afta all dat effort

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 10th May 2015 (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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