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 the 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 by 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; & 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 🙂

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keepitonshuffle@whateversinmyhead.com – Blog 122, Or Drambuie, Peach Schnapps & Cava Should Never Be In The Same Glass!

The Shuffle Monkey, I, The Good Doctor & The Running Man went out & Hung a Few Drinkees Last Night, &, Msr Le Shuffle has been like a Chimp with a Sore Head Today, but George (Parliament) Clinton bang right in with, “Atomic Dog” & we’re off to a Cracking Start – Bow,Wow, Wow, Yippee Yo, Yippee Ya!; & this is followed by Sammy Davis Jnr no less with, “We’ll Make It This Time” – which we think was the Theme tune to the TV series with Telly (lollipop) Savalas – & do we have, ‘If’ in the Mix – You bet your Yankee Dollar we do!!

Some Jethro Tull next with, “living In The Past”; & then some Jazz Funk from Freddie Hubbard with, “The Summer Knows” – which was the Theme from the Film, ‘The Summer of 42’! And this is followed by a rapping Samuel L Jackson – who raps under the pseudonym of Sammy J – well, you would wouldn’t you – & this is brought to us courtesy of Bootsy Collins – Ex of Parliament and the JB’s – & the tracks called, “After These Messages” – & it’s mighty mighty funky, Oh Yeah!

We then move from the Funk Capital to the Burns Unit with, “Since We’ve Fallen Out” – A good song and the Shuffle Meister is certainly mixing it!; Jonelle Monae follows with, “Tightrope”; & then we have a Trip back to some Golden Soul from the Masterpieces of Modern Soul Collection & The Mayberry Movement moves us with the excellent, “I Can’t See Him Loving You”!

Then we have Nina Simone with, “Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter” – Which is as a rule pretty much how the monkey & me feel most of the Time! And this is followed by Dennis Rodgers & a real Philadelphia Soul Rarity, “Bright Shinning Angel” & that’s definitely Digging Deeper; & The Kinks waltz back in with, “Shangri La”!

As we come to the final section the Shuffle Maestro keeps us in the 1960’s Groove with The Hollies &, “I’m Sorry Suzanne”; & then we have Jacques Brel with, “Pardons” as our penultimate Track Today – & he’s so polite, For a Belgian!; & then to end with we have Adele singing, “One & Only” – Be Awesome, keep The faith, &, We’ll be Keeping It On Shuffle – Oh Yeah!! 🙂

keepitonshuffle@whateversinmyhead – Blog 110 Or A Dance Turned Into A Romance, When We Danced Across The Floor!

Ah – The Sheer Romance contained in those Words – &, as if He is sensing the Mood Leonard Cohen plays us in Today with, “Ain’t No Cure For Love”!! And this is followed by a rip-roaring Chairman Of The Board with, “You’ve Got Me Dangling On A String” – Which We think was also on the Soundtrack of ‘There’s Something About Mary’? And then Jim Manns backs on with a Great Track, “I Got To Have Your Love” – Love Love Love once again – It’s The LOve Train – The MerryGoRound of the Heart – & Once again the Shuffle Monkey is as ever On Message!!

And we continue in a Romantic Vein as next we have his Right Royal Spanish Squibiness Julio Iglesias with, Quiereme Mucho (Yours)”; Followed by Nina Simone – & you can hear a Pin Drop, as she sings for us Jacque Brels’s, “Ne Me Quitte Pas” – in French!!

Saturday Night Forever Next and Crown Heights Affair give us the 12″ Version of their Disco Classic, “You Gave Me Love”; And the Funky Beat Goes On & On with one of Henry Stone’s ‘Hidden Treasures’ – Peter Brown &, “Do You Wanna Get Funky With me” – Do You Wanna… Oh Yes Please!!

Gear Change now as we swing into the magnificent Mel Torme with, “Ordinary Fool” – & this Track has a great Harmonica Line working its’ Cool Magic through it – Just Listen & you’ll see what the Monkey & Me mean; & a contemporary of Mel’s – the equally magnificent Sammy Davis Junior hits us next with, “Let’s Get It On” – & No, It’s not the TREX Glam-Rock Belter!!

We move into the Home Stretch now with Lenny White & Tweeny Nine &, “It’s Magic”; Then the Four Tops serenade us with, “Baby I Need Your Loving”; & Finally Today it’s Leroy Hutson once again with a Masterpiece called, “Everybody’s A Masterpiece” – Superb & like Hegel’s Hidden Hand, We’re pretty sure here at Shuffle Towers that the Hand of Curtis Mayfeild is writ large on this Great Song with a Great Message – So, Go be A Masterpiece, Be Awesome, Keep The Faith & the wee shuffley thing & I will Most Certainly Keep It On Shuffle!! 🙂

keepitonshuffle@whateversinmyhead.com – Blog 33 or In Praise of Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)

Time for some Pope – “True wit is nature dressed,/What oft was thought but ne’er so well expressed” – Now Mr Pope also coined many other phrases which have found their way into everyday usage, including “Fools Rush in where Angels fear to tread” – Also, but not only a Song Lyric – “To Err is human, to forgive Divine” – & of course, rather famously and pertinent to the first track of today – “Who Breaks a Butterfly on a Wheel” – For the Rolling Stones kick us off with, “Sympathy for the Devil” – Which builds up very nicely and at the time was moving the Stones into new and darker territory – It is also contemporaneous with the famous article by William Rees- Mogg (entitled, “Who Breaks a Butterfly Oon the Wheel”) inspired by the perceived heavy-handedness of the Police in hounding both Jagger & Richards on various drugs charges – Oooh those naughty Satanic Majesties! Next we have a stormer from Barbara Mason & it’s certainly rather different, but also absolutely fantastic coming off her great Album ‘Bed & Board’ & it’s called, “Who’d Ever Think” – A wonderful Song; And following this another great tune from the Man who’s never far away in the Mix, it’s Jacques Brel with, “Il Pleut Pleuvoir” (With Glen Powell) – Rousing Stuff!! A very interesting track next from the great Jazz/Blues Guitarist Dennis Coffey doing a fabby version of the Classic, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Dennis is clearly getting down here with the Brothers and making atonement for his previous, ‘Sweet Taste Of Sin’ – Another Bad Lad??; Big GEAR CHANGE follows from Sinatra at The Sands singing a majestic, “Shadow of your Smile” – Oh to be in that audience – It’s a great Live Record – Git it!!; Next a true Blast from the Past from the Shuffle Monkey and once again he’s brought us back to the 1960’s with a Great Busker’s Song, “Rosie” given an inordinate amount of Wellie by Don Patridge; Another GEAR CHANGE follows with Pulp propelling us back-up to the Mid-1990’s with, “Mile End” – Sorted!; And now a great version of a great song with Nina Simone giving us her take on, “Angel of the Morning” – Love It!; Vic Damone – Oh Yes, follows with a Live version of, “They Call The Wind Maria” from ‘Paint Your Wagon’ & he’s certainly giving Old Clint Eastwood a run for his money – I do Like Vic!! We’re right back in the Groove now with a track from the excellent Production Stable of Mtume & Lucas with Mark Sadane giving great vocals; & FInally today we have Led Zepplin really whipping it up on the ole Hurdy Gurdy with, “Gallows Pole”! Keep the Faith & I’ll Keep It On Shuffle! 🙂