Posted by Clem Bastow on July 19, 2008
A bit of Saturday silliness for your Weekend Love-In today. As we all gear up for Hippie Hippie Shake, chronicling the life and times of Oz‘s Richard Neville and his entourage (including Louise Ferrier, Jenny Kee and Germaine Greer), here’s a bit of genuine Oz-era loopiness starring the divine Ms Greer herself, and directed by ’60s icons Martin Sharp and Bob Whittaker, thanks to the British Film Insitute’s Mediatheque colection.
You may have read Greer’s reaction to the Hippie Hippie Shake production, in the Guardian, in which she said:
You used to have to die before assorted hacks started munching your remains and modelling a new version of you out of their own excreta.
So, because she’s awesome, and in an effort to counter the no doubt Vaseline-on-the-lens MO of Hippie Hippie Shake, here’s Germaine Greer in Darling, Do You Love Me?
Happy love-hunting everyone! We love you, Germaine and Bob and Martin!
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Posted by Clem Bastow on July 12, 2008
The week we started The Dawn Chorus, I went to my local op-shop for some second-hand retail therapy (the best sort; opting out of the whole capitalist/commercial world does wonders for the wallet, the environment and your self-esteem), and while I was there, I stumbled upon a stack of awesome feminist books (to add to my already groaning ‘feminism’/’gender studies’ shelf) – and then this song came on the op-shop stereo:
Fate? Who knows – but I still love this song. In fact it always makes me cry, no matter when/where I hear it.
Incidentally, because Sony BMG is run by a bunch of fatcat dudes in suits smoking cigars who want to keep all their money and artists to themselves (and because their “official” uploads are truly hateful quality, anyway), you can’t embed the 1985 video clip – but I rather like this fan-made video anyway, because it has even more awesome women than the original, both ‘real life’ inspirational babes and some of fiction’s greatest heroines. Rosie The Riveter! Amelia Earhart! Clarice Starling! Scully! Ripley! The Bride! Janis! Tina!
Now we should all go out and kick ass this weekend. We love you, Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin and Dave Stewart (and anonymous fan-flick-making YouTuber)!
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Posted by Clem Bastow on July 5, 2008
Carole Kaye hard at work in the studio, c. 1960s
If you have ever listened to the Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations, The Monkees’ I’m A Believer, Glen Campbell’s Wichita Linesman, Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ or Ike & Tina Turner’s River Deep, Mountain High, you will be familiar with the work of ‘The First Lady Of Bass’, Carol Kaye – only chances are, you didn’t realise it was Kaye’s nimble fingers providing those hits’ undulating basslines (that’s her, at right, hard at work in the studio during the ’60s). In short, Carol Kaye is a stone cold legend of popular music; Brian Wilson called her “the best damn bass player in the world”, and many others would agree.
Kaye is a freelance session bassist and was a member of the celebrated session band The Wrecking Crew and has played bass (and guitar) on approximately 10,000 recordings and countless #1 and Top Ten hits since 1957, not to mention numerous television themes and film scores. She even “played” The Truck in Steven Spielberg’s Duel.
Kaye is also a leading bass guitar educator, having taught since 1949, and published many books and tutorial DVDs on the subject; as a teacher, she has instructed many noted bassists; Sting and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones are both vocal fans of her instructional books.
So, for this Saturday’s Weekend Love-In, pull out your old Beach Boys/Phil Spector/Glen Campbell/Nancy Sinatra/Cher/Joe Cocker… records and have a drink to Carol. Here is an excerpt from filmmaker Pekka Rautionmaa’s documentary, Rockin Suuri Tuntematon (First Lady of Bass):
(Additionally, the son of Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco, Denny, recently made a feature-length documentary – The Wrecking Crew – about these legendary musicians; it is currently doing the film festival rounds and will hopefully be picked up commercially, so that more people can learn about these amazing figures of music history, and in turn, so that Carol Kaye can show the rock snobs of the world that sneeringly calling someone a “chick bass-player” is pretty much the biggest compliment you can give a musician.)
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