This Is My Chance & I’m Going To Take It! Follow The Monkey On Twitter @desfume

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Art Gentry kicks us off Today with the Stupendous Slab of Modern Soul, the Masterpiece that is, “This Is My Chance” – & He (for it is a He) sounds not unlike Millie Jackson or Ty Karim on this great Track, which is No Bad Thing & He’s definitely Taking It!; And then we fall straight into a Live piano driven version of, “Do Nothing Until You Hear From Me” by Andy Williams no less & it’s Gooood! Which is followed by one of James Brown’s Funky People – Myra Barnes aka Vicky Anderson, with a righteously storming, “Super Good (Parts 1&2)” – Oh YEAH!; & then we have a taste of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ from Les Reed with, “Girl On A Motorcycle” & The Monkey’s come over all Goddard, Bless!

Some Storming SATURDAY NIGHT FOREVER music next with Thelma Huston &, “I’m Here Again”; followed by The Smiths with, “Panic”; which then melds into a Poptastic piece of 1970’s Chart Action from Dollar – Remember David Van… & the Girl who wasn’t in Bucks Fizz – & what are they doing naming themselves after a village in Fife, who knows, who cares – Coz what a Song, “Give Me Back My Heart” – It’s right up there; & following this is a Mighty Double with firstly the Great Elmore James with, “Dust My Blues” – A great influence on Jagger & Richards in theย Stones’ early years; & then the Sex Pistols with, “Anarchy” – It’s The Only Way To Be – & surprisingly quite Tuneful after all these years – Perhaps we’ve All Mellowed un Peau!! And what a Combo of tracks from the wee shuffly thing – You couldn’t make that Mash-up Up, in your Wildest Dreams – & we do have some Pretty Wild ones here at Shuffle Towers!!

A bit of House now from Black Magic &, “Let It Go (Ken Lou Mix)”; & then we have Charles Aznavour doing a Two-Step with Frank Sinatra on, “You Make Me Feel So Young”; & then a Fantastic Jazzed-up but slowed-down vocal take on that Giant Tune, “Crazy” from Papik; followed by the inimitable Nina Simone singing the Chip Taylor classic, “Angel Of The Morning” – & we have a version of this in the Mix byย Chip himself and an unknown female companion which he recorded for a local BBC station a few years back! The One in Norfolk in fact, with a certain Mr Partridge on the Decks – We kid you not!!

Utopia storm the Barricades now, led of course by Todd Rundgren & with one of the Shuffle Monkey’s & mine Favs – The formidable, “Love Is The Answer” – Which of course is the Original version – Not, the one by England Dan & John…; & then a recherche Moi to the early 1970’s and Marmalade are, “Falling Apart At The Seams” – Brilliant!

And finally Today a Great Sunday Soul track from Mac Davis, “I’m Just In Love”; followed by a rare visit from The Joneses with, “Win Your Love” – And you can now see and hear the 6mins33secs version of “Sugar Pie Guy” on @youtube now – released by Modern Soul Records; & then Professor Green blasts us up with, “I Need You Tonight” – What a Great updating of that Track; &ย lastly, “Candy Says” from The Velvet Underground – Marvelous Stuff as usual from the Shuffle Meister – So Continue Being Awesome, Keeping The Faith & We’ll Be Keeping It On Shuffle… OH YEAH! OH YEAH! & Follow us on Twitter @desfume ๐Ÿ™‚

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Keep It On Shuffle Whilst The Shuffle Monkey Hosts A Sunday Night ‘Fish Fry’!!

Before I had the pleasure of first meeting the Shuffle Monkey – He was up a Tree, I was Looking up – You know the story, “Le Singe Sur L’Arbre” – Anyway, before that, I spent not a little time in the Tobago, &, Sunday Evenings was always the ‘Fish Fry’ on the Beach – A righteous Ho-Down in the Cove – And what did they used to play? Well I actually first heard our opening Track today right there – Frank Sinatra singing, “Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars”, which of course was written by Antonio Carlos Jobim who hailed from a tad further down the main Continental Seaboard – Pure Magic though on a Warm Starry Night, even if you’re not in Rio – & I wasn’t complaining!!

Next though we have Five, Yes Five, Back-To-Back Disco Tracks which when I think about it all relate to different Clubs I frequented once upon a Time – First off is, “992 Arguments” The O’Jays, which is off their ‘Backstabbers’ set – & if you Listen you can Hear the similarity – & this would be ‘MurrayfField’, circa 1974 – Next is, “Fopp” Ohio Players, & this is ‘Tracys’, Ipswich, 1976 – “Why Did I Choose You” follows from the Great Marvin Gaye & this is the ‘Copford Windmill’, Essex, circa 1977 – & Sade used to go there before she broke big in the early 80’s – Ingram next &, “Mi Sabrina Tequana” Which is the ‘Global Village’ underneath the Arches at Charing Cross, London, circa 1978 – & Finally Julio Iglesias with, “Un Dia Tu, Un Dia Yo” – Which is most definitley the ‘Andromeda’, Colchester, circa 1980 & there were also some great pictures of Serge Gainsburgh on the walls as I remember! Boy, that’s a Lot of Dancing – So big thanks to the Shuffle Meister for stringing that little lot together from his ‘Bag of Tricks’ – & the wee shuffley thing then goes and cools us down with, “Just Can’t Stay Away” Leroy Hutson!

So, Is the Shuffle Monkey going to now throw down something else a little less infectious to give us bit more of a Breather – heck not – It’s Disco Connection time next form No 1 Deejay &, ‘Goody Goody” – Which is of course, Vincent Montana & The Philly Groove Orchestra mash-ing it up!! And we glide into a Raw Power Gear Change with Iggy Pop & The Stooges & the marvelously titled, “Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell” – This is Not A Love Song, then?

And Finally today, an Interesting Sandwich with a Double Filling to play us out – Top Slice is the Mighty Issac Hayes with a great version of one the Monkey & My Favourite songs, “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” – The Two Fillings are then made up of Demis Roussos with, “Love Is” (Dimitri from Paris Sunday At The Loft Remix) & this really builds in to an uplifting Goody – With The Kinks & another great (lesser known track) & sounding a lot like The Beatles’s ‘Lady Madonna’, but this is called, “Susannah’s Still Alive” – And the Bottom Slice is some elegant Jazz from the Blue Note Bossa Imprint & its’ Stacey Kent with, “Samba Savavah” – Cool-As! So, Keep The faith, Be Awesome & Keep It On Shuffle – Oh Yeah! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

keepitonshuffle@whateversinmyhead.com – Blog 136 Or They Seek Him Here, They seek Him There, He Dresses Loud, But Never Square!

‘One Week He’s In Polka Dot, The Next Week He’s In Stripes!’ – That’s the Shuffle Monkey all right, A Dedicated Follower, nee Leader, of Fashion! And Today He bounds towards the Goal Line with, “First Love, Best Love” Sung by the Fabby Dabby Tony Christie & this is followed by a Slice of Brass-led Funk from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble as they re-invision the Edwin Starr Classic, ‘War”! Let’s All Chant, Oh yeah!

Kool & The Gang mooch over now with the full 12″ version of the Floor Filler, “Ladies Night”; & then we have a DISCO Breaks Mastercut from Rare Pleasure who are asking us to, “Let Them Down Easy”; & then Erasmus Hall provides us with the Sweet taste Of Sin that is, “Your Love Is My Desire” – Oh Yeah! And this is followed, believe it or not, by Arletty & Aquistpace with, “Et Le Peste” – Berets off Msr Le Shuffle for Diggin Deep for that one!!

The Mighty Kinks next with the wonderful Ditty, “Dedicated Follower Of Fashion” – Of course it’s in the Mix!; & then the Shuffle Meister follows through with another Kink’s Track entitled, “I’m Not Like Everbody Else”! Whilst Frank Sinatra jumps in with a great track from the great mid-sixties Album, ‘Cycles’ – A bit of updating was going on at the time and Frank was getting down with a new generation of song-writers including The Beatles, Jose Feliciano, Carol King, Lesley Bricuse… The song the Shuffle Monkey has pulled out of the mix for today’s delectation though is, “Rain In My Heart”; Which in turn is followed by something from Drizabone called, “I Fell Apart”; & then we have the very Sweet Voiced Rumer singing the very Sweet, “Aretha”!

A barn storming Roxy Music track next – The Vintage, “Re-make/Re-model”; Followed by a Live version of, “Deborah” by Marc Bolan from the Acoustic Set, ‘Acoustic Warrior’ – Rather then ‘Electric Warrior’ – ‘Oh Deborah, I’m Dressed Like A Zebra’ – Mark did like his rhyming couplets, but on this version he forgets the words mid-way through, Bless! We then have the Zutons with the original version of, “Valerie” – & what ever happened to the Groovily Sassy Female Sax player – Sax on Legs?? And Finally Today we play out with Shuya Okino &, “Sun Will Rise (Boogie Mix) feat. Diviniti” – Oh Yeah; Followed by the Hip & Happening Sly & The Family Stand with, “Stand” – Oh Yeah, Oh Yeah!

Be Awesome & Serva Fidem! Meanwhile the wee shuffley thing & me will Keep It On Shuffle, Oh Yeah, Oh Yeah, Oh Yeah ๐Ÿ™‚

keepitonshuffle@whateversinmyhead.com – Blog 102 Or ‘Comfortably Numb!’

And No, It’s not the Scissor Sisters re-visioning – It’s the original Pink Floyd, “Comfortably Numb” – in All its’ Splendour & Grandeur; Followed by, as only the Shuffle Monkey can – Manhattan Transfer &, “The Spice of Life” – Get out of Here! And what next – Clarence “Gatemouth” Carter with, “Rock n Roll” – Which yes is a Blues-d up version of the Led Zepplin Classic – ‘It’s been a long, long, lonely, lonely time’ – Marvelous, 12 Bar Genius!!

Some pure Disco Italia next from the Number One Ensemble with, “Flor De Coca” – Oh Yeah! And Prince Vrooms up behind with, “Little Red Corvette”; And the Rev count is rising as we pull up to the Kerb with Esther Williams singing, “The Man Ain’t Ready” (Album Version); which is followed by the Majestic Barb Junger with her re-working of the Classic, “Always On My Mind”!

Serge Gainsburgh is back in Town now and climbs up the mighty Hill to Shuffle Towers with, “Melody”; & this is followed by Neil Diamond who of course wrote songs with another great French singer, Gilbert Beacaud – Most famously, ‘September/L’Septembre’ – but today we have one of the 1970’s classics, “Play Me”! And Linda Ronstadt concludes this segment with a momentous version of, “Stoney End” – from her Stone Poney’s period!

Some Sunday Soul now from Leon Thomas with, “Love Each Other”; And a bit of a Gear Change follows with Paul McCartney & Wings &, “Take It Away” – the Shuffle Meister is clearly extemporising within the bounds of his corpreal reality – but what a reality, &, He shares it! And we are not seeing double next – it’s the Funny Twins with, “You & Me” (Original 12″ Vocal Mix) Pure European Disco Discharge!!

Another Mighty Gear Change follows again from the wee shuffley one & we hit the dirt on our knuckles with The Bosshoss &, “Jelly Bean”; & behind this comes another nifty Gear Change from the mix and we have Frank Sinatra with, “If You Go Away” – The great Jacques Brel classic; And finally today it’s La Grande Dame Un Francais Chanson – although I think she might have been Greek? – Dalida & she’s wafting us away to South America with, “Rio Do Brasil” – Beach, Beach, We’re on The Beach – Well Almost!!

So, Plant those Feet, Be Awesome, Keep The Faith & We’ll Keep It On Shuffle ๐Ÿ™‚

keepitonshuffle@whateversinmyhead.com – Blog 95 & Welcome “Fans Of Concha Buika’

It’s an open secret on the Blog that the Shuffle Monkey & I are Great Admirers of the Great Great Spanish Singer Concha Buika & it is our Great Pleasure that the ‘Fans Of Concha Buika’ are now following the Blog on Twitter as well! So, what else could Msr Le Shuffle kick us off with Today but Concha singing the very Beautiful, “Volrevas” – Track 9 from her Album, ‘Nina De Fuego’ – & produced by the Great Javier Limon!!

And to follow we move from Spain to France & to the Mighty Claude Francois who gives us a stirring rendition of, “Comme D’ Habitude” – Which of course he wrote, &, which became extremely famous after Paul Anka put an English Lyric to it & Frank Sinatra picked it up and made it His Own – We of course know it in the English Language Version as, “My Way”! There is also a new film out about the life of Msr Francois – It’s called ‘CloClo’, as he was know to his fans, &, is directed by Florent-Emilo Sir – Of course, Here at Monkey Towers we are always several steps Behind & we Have & Love an earlier Film about Msr Claude called ‘Podium’- It’s actually about a Guy called Bernard Fredric who impersonates Msr Francois & it’s a riot – But it is also in Flemish and French with no English Translation, &, I do think the wee shuffley thing & I sometimes miss some of the finer points of dialogue!!

More French next & C’est Chic, But this time it’s with Petula Clark & the Great, “Donne Moi”! & Msr Le Shuffle is really pulling out the Stops as next we get some more Serge Gainsbourgh with, “Des Vents Des Pets Des Poums” – Which is from his 1973 Album ‘Un De L’Exterieur’ – & for our Money it’s one of His Best!!

Some Brilliant SATURDAY NIGHT FOREVER music now, with Change &, “The Very Best In You” – Terrrriffficc!! Which is followed by another Tom Moulton remix & this time it’s the turn of, Moment Of Truth &, “Love At First Sight” – Philly Re-Grooved!

Grover Washington Jr next with, “Things Are Getting Better” from his great 1983 Album, ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ – & the Title Track is also Storming, with Patti LaBelle on the Vocals! And Finally we have a Live version of, “Honky Tonk Women” by the New Barbarians – Which is Keith & Ronnie, with Bobby Keys on Tenor Sax & Stanley Clarke on Bass etc etc – & this is followed by a Glorious Finale from Led Zepplin &, “Rain Song” Awesome! So, Keep The Faith, Plant Your feet, Be Awesome & Keep It On Shuffle – Just Like Us!! ๐Ÿ™‚

keepitonshuffle@whateversinmyhead.com – Blog 90 or Doubts & Suspicions Turn Me To Ice, But Happy Father’s Day Anyway!

Mozart again – with a Little poetic license from the Shuffle Monkey thrown in re Father’s Day – & this time we’re drawing from, ‘Le Nozze Di Figaro’ – Doesn’t look as though it’s going to be all plain sailing, or indeed a very happy marriage though with all that ‘Doubt & Suspicion’ & talk of ‘Ice’ to boot – Take the Midnight Train To Georgia, We Say here at Monkey Towers!

Anyway Frank Sinatra is back in the House & kicks us off Today with, “I Can’t Believe I’m Loosing You” from the Album, ‘Softly As I Leave You’ – Which is a Classic Track in its’ own right & Msr Le Shuffle has already pulled it out of the pack in an earlier Blog with Matt Munro doing the Impeccable Honours! And then we get an immediate GEAR CHANGE with a Tractor v Deeper Substance remix of David Bowie’s, “Let’s Dance” from the ‘Club Bowie Rare & Unreleased’ Album – Positively Inspired & Banging!

Noah & The Whale follow next and they’re channeling their Velvet Underground on this Track I must say – Check out, “Wild Thing” from their Album ‘Last Night On Earth’, &, You’ll see what I mean! And next up is JD73 with some righteous, uplifting Bumpity Bump called “Be Mine (Feat. Lana)”; & then we get Quincy Jones with, “The Verb To Be” from the ‘Back On The Block’ Album circa 1986; which in turn is followed by the mighty Kinks &, “Lola” – the Shuffle Monkey clearly likes this One – & why Not!!

Next up is Crusho feat. Marilyn David with, “Someone To Love” – Righteous!; & Rene & Angela follow with, “Banging The Boogie” – & this doesn’t sound far off The Jacksons in their Prime – Mighty Mighty!! The Righteous Grooves continue with Black Heat &, “No Time To Burn” – Very Down On It! And two great Songsters next who are shaking their Groove Thing for us – Perry & Sanlin get down with, “We’re The Winners”; Followed by a more subdued Jerry Lee Lewis with, “You Win Again” – Marvellous!!; & Finally in this Segment another GEAR CHANGE & this time into C’est Chic Une Francais with Les Gam’s singing, “L’ete Reviendra”!

We return to some Soul – It’s never far away in the Monkey’s Mix – & it’s a Big song from a Big Group – The Mighty Dells & the Full 12″ version of, “All About The Papers” – It’s Storming, so Join Us & Get Down! And we then returnez to Un Francais with two of my Favourite French Chansons Etienne Daho & Charlotte Gainsburgh giving it large on, “If”; & this is Followed by a Country & Western Legend, Charlie Rich with a C&W Classic, “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World” – Oh Yes!

And Finally Today, Two Brace of Prime-Time Tracks to Play us out – All from The Disco End of the Shuffle Monkey’s vast Catalogue – & they’re All Goody Goodies – First is Michel Poinareff with, “Lipstick” – A Disco Anthem; Secondly from the Soul-end of Disco come the Stovall Sisters with, “Hang On In There”; Third-up the Mighty Sister Sledge &, “You Fooled Around” – Pure Disco Discharge! And Finally the Main Ingredient with, “Evening Of Love (7″ Mix)” – Pure Soul Disco Ecstasy! Hunt them down on You Tube, or iTunes – Listen, Watch, Enjoy & Keep The Faith because we are Most Definitely Keeping It On Shuffle ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

keepitonshuffle@whateversinmyhead.com – Blog 85 or As Lord Rutherford Used To Say, If You Can’t Explain Your Physics To A Waiter, It’s Bad Physics!

Today though the Shuffle Monkey – The inspired Alchemist that he is, although heย  has no concept of Pre-Destination – But that’s another Story my Snuggly Chums – Has moved beyond mere Corpreal Bounds and goes even beyond the Scientific to Flirt dangerously close to Metaphysics, as with Sheer Magic He starts our Journey with Two great Jazzy numbers from Two great Jazz Vocalists – Firstly, Gregory Porter with, “Pretty” – &, Secondly, Charlie Wilson &, “You Are” – Formidable!

We then slide very easily with the next Offering into some tasty Jazz Funk from the Virtuoso Papik &, “The Rhythm Of Life”; Followed by a Marvelous GEAR CHANGE from the Wee Shuffly Thing as Bobby Bare rides Bare Back into Town, A Hooting & A Tooting with, “Drop Kick Me Jesus Through The Goal Posts Of Life” – I know we’ve had this before, but it’s All at Msr Le Shuffle’s Discretion – His Random Master Plan – & there’s another Paradox – Or is it a Conundrum? Anyway, who amongst us can resist the Line – ‘I’ve Got The Will, If You’ve Got The Toe!’ – Inspired Words & Sheer Poetry Mr Bare- Back, Magic!

Frank Sinatra is back in the House now with a great Classic, “Strangers In The Night”; Followed by Julianna Aquino singing a Disco Classic, “I Will Survive” from the Album ‘Disco Bossa’ – & The Title Says It All! And lastly in this Segment, is the former Eurovision Song from CoCo “Bad Old Days”!! He Don’t Half Pick ‘Em!!

Randy Crawford comes next with a Re-Cut version of, ‘Street Life” – Which Ups the Beat Count and Cranks the Jazzy stuff up even Further! And the marvelous Charles Aznavour follows with, “Il Y’Avait” – from his excellent Album of Collaborations, ‘Hier Encore’!

Some Fantastic FADO follows with Cesaria Evora singing, “Mam ‘Bia E So M”; Followed by a Shuffle Monkey GEAR CHANGE of Supreme Wonderfulness & some great Salsoul as Loleatta Holloway sings, “That’s What You Said” – Let’s Dance! And then to play us out today, Two Corkers with Firstly – Tina Turner &, “River Deep, Mountain High”; & Lastly The Foundations with the Ubiquitous, “Build Me Up Buttercup” – Keep The Faith & We’ll Keep It On Shuffle ๐Ÿ™‚