The Breeze of Your Gait
by Dan
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After Zac's post last week, I've been listening to that Girl Group Sounds collection he mentioned. Hoo, boy, it's fantastic:

Julie Driscoll - "I Know You Love Me Not"

Swirling with the sweep of a James Bond movie song, and founded on Bonnie Tyler-level commitment and verve, Julie Driscoll, I don't know who you are but I will never forget. The worst kind of scorn is the same mistake made twice. Betrayed forgiveness tops the list for reasons to sing an "i'm gettin' ova you" song. This should be covered, immediately, in the following way: vocals by Chrissy A, backed by Tapes n' Tapes, and they should linger in that all-too-short last part, because there's more in there, I know it.

The Fabulettes - "Try the Worryin' Way"

The most sensational song in the set, The Fabulettes seem to have been the Right Said Fred of their generation. And I don't have to explain that further. I don't have to explain squat to you when you walk in at this hour.

also, what is this trend of fading out at the best part? So disappointingly efficient.


Posted by Dan at November 14, 2006 3:28 AM

Julie Driscoll was an actress in London in the 60s, sang with Long John Baldry and then with Brian Auger and the Trinity. They did 3 or 4 albums together, the best is a double set called Street Noise. I think her version of Light My Fire is definitive. She did one solo album, got more experimental and jazzy, married UK jazz pianist Keith Tippett, changed her name to Julie Tippetts (with the "S") worked with Centipede and Carla Bley, and then she kind of dropped out from the mainstream scene.

Posted by spike at November 14, 2006 4:04 AM

Sometimes those old recycled ingredients of every 60's girl-group-pop-song-appear, yet again, and still manage to be completely original, sassy, and exhilarating. Eg: The Fabulettes. Oh why oh why didn't they let that double-time ending keep on swinging awhile?

Posted by Dylan at November 14, 2006 6:32 AM

It looks an amazing collection, but so expensive!

Posted by Adam at November 14, 2006 7:22 AM

Thanks for posting these. I'm having trouble downloading the 'Julie Driscoll - "I Know You Love Me Not"' mp3. It'll only partially download. Thanks anyway keep it up. Also like another posting from this album too.

Posted by Greg at November 14, 2006 7:34 AM

her version of Dylan's "This Wheels on Fire" also inspired Siouxsie to cover it as well...

Posted by c@meron at November 14, 2006 7:35 AM

Thanks for posting these. I'm having trouble downloading the 'Julie Driscoll - "I Know You Love Me Not"' mp3. It'll only partially download. Thanks anyway keep it up. Also like another posting from this album too.

Posted by Greg at November 14, 2006 7:47 AM

Can I make an off topic suggestion? Can you make a play all button on the site? I love the new play on WS feature.

just a suggestion

Posted by joe at November 14, 2006 12:24 PM

i love the girl group sounds comp so much. nice song choices! glad to see you guys post about it.

Posted by chris at November 14, 2006 1:26 PM

spike - with knowledge of doo-wop like this, and a name like Spike, I think I might know who you are.

Dylan - recap! high five!

Adam - yes, I know, it is expensive. argh.

Greg - I'm not having any problems here. I don't know.

c@meron - youtube was down when I tried to look at it, but thank you for the link!

Greg - still cool on my end :)

Joe - play all? what are we, the hype machine? just kidding, sean will get to work on it right away.

Chris - yes sir!

Posted by dan at November 15, 2006 1:49 AM

The Driscoll cover of "Wheels on Fire" also happens to be the theme song from "Absolutely Fabulous"

Posted by jennifer at November 17, 2006 12:59 PM

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