and now for the songs — September 3, 2021

94) The Electric Banana, “Alexander”

Actually, the Banana was the Pretty Things in disguise, making some much needed money by providing songs for films trying to be hip. The liner notes to the Complete De Wolfe Sessions comp explain that the “Swinging London phenomenon had led to a profusion of groovy movies chronicling life [there] that, naturally enough, required an appropriately switched-on soundtrack for added verisimilitude. However, film companies soon discovered that the cost of licensing bona fide hit singles was prohibitively high [so, the music library de Wolfe] started searching for a young, vibrant pop group who were capable fo providing an authentic but relatively inexpensive sound.”

“Alexander” was recorded for the soundtrack of What’s Good for the Goose. An assistant bank manager goes to a conference and is “[t]ricked into picking up a couple of young female hitch-hikers on the drive up from London. [He] is soon taken on a whirlwind initiation of the permissive society, swinging Britain, and 1960s counter-culture.” British Comedy Guide.

When his boss is hospitalised, Assistant Bank Manager Timothy Bartlett is sent to take his place at the Executive Bankers’ Conference at the seaside resort of Southport.
Tricked into picking up a couple of young female hitch-hikers on the drive up from London, Bartlett is soon taken on a whirlwind initiation of the permissive society, swinging Britain, and 1960s counter-culture.

95) Joe Simon, “I Got a Whole Lot of Lovin’”

This ’70 B-side by the soul/country superstar is a rollicking good time. “I got a whole lot of lovin’ just for you, a whole lot of making up to do.”

96) Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, “I See the Light”

The liner notes to the Part of My Past comp say that the song “was a very minor hit in the UK, due in no small part to the support of pirate radio stations.” It was the group’s first single (December of ’66), the demo having gotten EMI interested. This staple of their live shows was a cover of a Five Americans song.

The Five Americans’s version:

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