Donovan C/D & S/D

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Search (songs) Isle of Islay, Get thy Bearings, Hi its been a long time, Colours, Wear your love like heaven, Ferris Wheel, Barabajagal, As I recall it.

Destroy: Lalena, Mellow Yellow, Atlantis (the song that soundtracks Billy Batts' murder in Goodfellas), cosmic wheels (sic?), a lot of the dross on FAFTAG.

Also, how much do Momus and Stuart Murdoch owe to Donovan's lilting, fey vocal style?

-- chris sallis (chrys@e...), November 27th, 2002.

I thought this was going to be about V.
-- RJG (r_gillanders@y...), November 27th, 2002.


well, i thought it was going to be about jason :-)
-- caitlin (wpsalt@b...), November 27th, 2002.


Search: Colours; I Love My Shirt. Listening to the latter, the answer to the Stuart Murdoch question is - a lot.
-- Archel (r_playforth@h...), November 27th, 2002.


I love Donovan, but you should move this to ILM.
-- Kerry (dymaxia@r...), November 27th, 2002.

chris sallis, Wednesday, 27 November 2002 15:42 (twenty years ago) link

my infant son swears by "I Love My Shirt" on "Pied Piper", a children's album he did. (released this year.)

he'll be bawling and totally relax if we sing it or he hears the cd.

how many songs do you know that'll stop you from crying?

msp, Wednesday, 27 November 2002 16:36 (twenty years ago) link

Most songs stop me from crying! A few others get me started crying.

matt riedl (veal), Wednesday, 27 November 2002 20:31 (twenty years ago) link

Search: "Billion Dollar Babies"

No, really, search everything up to Open Road, it's all classic to me, even the most hippy dippy crap. "Hurdy Gurdy Man", "Season of the Witch", and "Barabajagal" are my favorites, though.

Arthur (Arthur), Wednesday, 27 November 2002 20:39 (twenty years ago) link

Seach: "Barabajagel" (Proto T-Rex?), "Catch The Wind" (twee!), "Atlantis", "Lalena", "Hurdy Gurday Man", "Season Of The Witch" (Dr.John made an excelent cover!), "Wear Your Love Like Heaven", "Sunshine Superman"

Destroy: "Mellow Yellow", "Epstile To Dippy"

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Thursday, 28 November 2002 00:44 (twenty years ago) link

darla just released a donovan tribute.

keith (keithmcl), Thursday, 28 November 2002 04:35 (twenty years ago) link

"Hurdy Gurdy Man" is a fun creepy song.

James Blount (James Blount), Thursday, 28 November 2002 08:16 (twenty years ago) link

He may have been a shamless dilletante chancer, but any of the many "Best Of"s will have about a dozen wonderful pop gems.
Destroy - all the wandering minstrel hey nonny nonny rubbish
Search - the great pop songs - Season of the Witch, Sunshine Superman, There is a Mountain, Hurdy Gurdy Man etc

bham, Thursday, 28 November 2002 13:39 (twenty years ago) link

search: Sunny Goodge Street

you can get it free on the recent 'drugs' issue of Mojo (if you nick the mag)

jon (jon), Thursday, 28 November 2002 18:22 (twenty years ago) link

Search: "Season of the Witch," "Sunshine Superman," "There is a Mountain," "Epistle to Dippy," "Hurdy Gurdy Man," "Wear Your Love Like Heaven."

Destroy: "I Love My Shirt."

Burr, Thursday, 28 November 2002 21:50 (twenty years ago) link

There's a gd Donovan track on the current free Mojo drugs CD. I don't listen to him that often, but I always think he's prob. quite underrated (at least by me) whenever I do hear one of his good'uns. I dunno, I suppose it's quite diff to take him seriously after seeing 'Don't Look Back' (esp. the scene where Dylan performs a savage, impromptu versh of 'Baby Blue' in response to some half-baked folkie cobblers from Dono.) I expect Donovan is a nicer person than Dylan.

The use of 'Season of the Witch' over the closing credits of 'To Die For' almost makes that movie worth watching.

Andrew L (Andrew L), Thursday, 28 November 2002 22:40 (twenty years ago) link

Trivia: Donovan colaborated with German Popstarsesque girl group No Angels on a remake of "Atlantis".

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Thursday, 28 November 2002 22:44 (twenty years ago) link

Classic!! I got my good friend, who's a real fan of 60's folk and psychedelia conveniently enouhj, into Donovan a while ago and he has a lot of the earlier records, which I do enjoy, albeit in the manner of beautiful aural-wallpaper. Then again, the only whole record I have by him is "Mellow Yellow" and it is almost flawless -- only one or two songs that don't do much. "Writer in the Sun", "Sand and Foam", and "Young Girl Blues" should definitely be sought after.

Adam Bruneau, Saturday, 30 November 2002 02:56 (twenty years ago) link

The only good thing about Rules of Attraction was the use of "Colours".

Colin Beckett (Colin Beckett), Saturday, 30 November 2002 03:40 (twenty years ago) link

Finally someone else admits to seeing Rules of Attraction.

James Blount (James Blount), Saturday, 30 November 2002 05:54 (twenty years ago) link

So no-one else rates Get Thy Bearings? I think it's his best track.

chris sallis, Saturday, 30 November 2002 16:50 (twenty years ago) link

two years pass...
emi reissues on their way - full albums :

hurdy gurdy man, mellow yeallow, sunshine superman, barabajagal.

all with tons of extra tracks.

the ones which aint all airy hippy nonsense are somewhat fab ..

there are some serious grooves hidden throughout,
esp the barabajagal track .. whoa.

season of the witch is indeed ace and creepy.

and i'm sure the opening few bars of Get Thy bearings sax line has been sampled ?

if not then why not ..

mark e (mark e), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 20:29 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...
Can we talk about Donovan some more please?

Open Road is a real classic - and surprisingly diverse - album.

Hurdy Gurdy Man is nice too, as an album.

Grabbing Thistle (Bimble...), Sunday, 23 July 2006 20:39 (sixteen years ago) link


Marmot 4-Tay: Hold these goddamn chickens! (marmotwolof), Sunday, 23 July 2006 21:04 (sixteen years ago) link


Marmot 4-Tay: Hold these goddamn chickens! (marmotwolof), Sunday, 23 July 2006 21:04 (sixteen years ago) link

No doubt - that's a great song.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Sunday, 23 July 2006 21:07 (sixteen years ago) link

I think donovan is a total fanny

RJG (RJG), Sunday, 23 July 2006 21:56 (sixteen years ago) link

You mean vagina? I mean, you know the guy?

El Duderino (marmotwolof), Sunday, 23 July 2006 22:12 (sixteen years ago) link

that's the classic/search

destroy/dud: his autobiography. admittedly I only skimmed it at a bookstore but it seemed like a weird mix of hippie/showbiz jive.

m coleman (lovebug starski), Monday, 24 July 2006 00:34 (sixteen years ago) link

I don' wan nun of that jive man! Slap me some skin, bro!

Grabbing Thistle (Bimble...), Monday, 24 July 2006 02:02 (sixteen years ago) link

The liner notes of the Donovan's Greatest Hits reissue certainly make me not want to read anything else he has written.

Marmot 4-Tay: Hold these goddamn chickens! (marmotwolof), Monday, 24 July 2006 02:12 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Invincible Donovan University

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 16:00 (fifteen years ago) link

Looks like the Maharishi really set a fire under Donny's butt!

christoff, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 16:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I saw him stoically limp from one venue to the next, day and night, and do his little stoic one-man-one-guitar-act at the 1998 Pori Jazz fest -- to the largely indifferent -- and (should I say) "spare" -- audiences, as I recall.
I also recall staying in front of the stage on at least on a couple of ocaasions to listen to him. (Had never heard him live in my life, up to that point, nor had heard that many of his records - only the one that has the words "gift", "flower", "garden" and "from" in its title, I guess).
Must say that he did sing'n'play on autopilot, sort of. Still, for the first few times it was fairly fascinating to hear those pretty well-known titles from the man's own mouth. Even if the wind blew some of it away over the open, and rather desolate, field. Or the words got all quite blurry in those hangars with terrible-some acoustics...
And then, not too long after that, I saw on VH1 that little co-operation with ...which girl group was it again? That must've been a first major thing for him, in commercial terms, after ...the Butthole Surfers cover or what?

t**t, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 17:43 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Is anything worth tracking down after Open Road & Cosmic Wheels?

Brio, Friday, 25 June 2010 16:18 (twelve years ago) link

I liked Sutras a lot.

snuh, Saturday, 26 June 2010 05:09 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

Trivia: Donovan colaborated with German _Popstars_esque girl group No Angels on a remake of "Atlantis".

Just came across this. Don’t know what I think about it.

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 05:05 (two weeks ago) link

It's not that different from Cat Stevens guesting with Boyzone.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 16 November 2022 11:03 (two weeks ago) link

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