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November, 2007

Je m’appeles Dick

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Johnny Hodges

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Burnin’ up

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The Wild Rhythms of Jack Costanzo (aka “Mr. Bongo) “Latin Fever” Liberty Stereo.

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Born in the USA

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A nice early rock n’ roll single from Uncle Gil in France.

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China doll

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“Puppet On A String” Sakura Accompanied by The Quests.

Listen here at WFMU  

What could be better than a Singapore singer covering western pop songs in broken English with a fuzz-guitar backing. Here for your enjoyment is Sakura’s four- track 1967 EP featuring Puppet On A String plus six superb tracks from her album Sakura Goes Boom Boom.

Sandie Shaw notoriously disowned the ’60s Eurovision novelty song Puppet On A String but Sakura Teng has made it her own, and even poses as puppets (and puppeteer!) on the sleeve. And what the hell is she wearing? Presumably silver tights and baby doll dresses were all the rage in Singapore in ’67. Chinese singers famously have trouble singing western lyrics so you have to admire Sakura who not only impersonates Elvis on Rock ‘n’ Roll Yodelling Guy but also (you guessed it) yodels. Is there anything this woman can’t do!

But save room for her take of the John Lee Hooker classic from her album Sakura Goes Boom Boom which has to be heard to be believed, and the fuzz guitar-driven cover of Connie Francis’ Stupid Cupid. Sakura is backed by a band called The Quests who were seemingly the in-house band at EMI-Columbia, Singapore and also backed other singers including Rita Chao.

Note: the back of the album bears the advertising legend: ‘Sakura also goes bazazz with Max Factor’!

– Contributed by: David Noades

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Mao and then

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“Rockalain” of France sent this one in. Thanks Alain — this is sick.

“I’m glad to propose this funny LP cover of a 1970’s UK Rock & Roll Band “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Allstars”. Their attempt at a Red China tour was a disaster. The Chinese were not ready to hear this kind of music in the Seventies. The story goes that they played just one show before they were asked to leave the country. Maybe they were the first rock and roll band to play in China? A Thousand “Thanks” and congratulations for your magical and fabulous site !!!!!!”

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Missing Link

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I’ve never seen this record with Link Wray.   Thanks for another nice one Uncle Gil.

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Too live Kruschev

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At the suggestion of Kathy Jones, here’s another in the “Hi-infidelity” series of greeting card lp covers only.

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Be Bop a Lula

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GENE VINCENT ROCKS! And the Blue Caps Roll Capitol Records.   (Courtesy of Uncle Gil, our French friend)

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Mad jazz

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Two Prestige LP covers by Don Martin (best known for his work for Mad Magazine).

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