and now for the songs — September 9, 2021

107) Boudewijn de Groot (and Elly Nieman) — “Meester Prikkebeen”

De Groot was born in a Japanese prison camp in Java in 1944 (where his mother died the following year). He became a hugely popular singer in the Netherlands, and “under the influence of the upcoming hippie movement as well as being more or less challenged by the release of [the Beatles’s Sgt. Pepper’s, he] decided to launch into the phenomenon of psychedelic pop music. This resulted in” 1967’s Picknick album. Meester Prikkebeen became a top ten hit in the Netherlands “and the underground magazine ‘Hitweek’ called the album the first real Dutch language pop album.” (see https://www.antiwarsongs.org/artista.php?id=446&lang=en&rif=1).

Elly and Boudewijn: “Where does he come from?”
Elly: “He cherishes the days of red cellophane, of glitter and cotton wool and star paper.”
Elly and Boudewijn: “No man knows his name.”
Boudewijn: “[T]he people walk past him. He remains alone, Master Pricklebone. Lamplighters pass silently through the night. He plays his Hurdy Gurdy for a hairy face. . . . Listen for a moment to him. Yet his dish remains empty, they laugh, only a girl. Stops talking, a thin girl of pleasure.” Elly: “Why don’t you play another song, your eyes and your mouth are cold.”

108) Q’65 — “The Life I Live”

Second single (’66) by standout Dutch blues rockers was a #5 hit in Holland. What about the UK? Well, and this sounds right out of a Spinal Tap prequel, Bruce Eder in All Music Guide recounts that the single got “Phonogram’s management interested in promoting the group in England, which led to a publicity stunt [that involved] sending the group . . . by boat and having them come ashore in a rubber lifeboat, as though they’d come across the ocean . . . . They were then supposed to play a gig, but as nobody had secured work permits, the group was only able to pose for photographs and press interviews before returning to the Netherlands.”

“This is my life of sadness, this is the life I live, this is my life of gladness, this is the life I live.”

109) Paul Revere and the Raiders — “Midnite Ride”

’61 B-side telling it like it was, rockabilly style. “He was a-rockin’ & a-ridin’ . . . . He was a-peelin’ & a-hidin’ . . . . He was a-tearin’ up the lane like a man insane. Rockin’ Paul Revere . . . . Look at him a-smokin’ down that road! First they got to see him push them red cats right into the sea! Oh, travel on! (Rockin’ Paul Revere).” Um, no offense meant to my English friends.

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