Best Modern Romance Single

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No I think you'll find that was Georgie Fame.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 10:58 (fourteen years ago) link

"I'm ambivalent about the crazy rhythm"

Mark G, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 10:59 (fourteen years ago) link

I remember Peter Powell on the Tuesday teatime chart rundown being distinctly irked by "Don't Stop That Crazy Rhythm" to the point of exclaiming "why is garbage like this clogging up the charts and keeping out proper music"?

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:01 (fourteen years ago) link

(answer being: WEA hyping)

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:02 (fourteen years ago) link

I loved it when Peter Powell had a hissy fit.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:02 (fourteen years ago) link

How about Roman Holiday, Galaxy, David Grant or Nick Heyward?

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:03 (fourteen years ago) link

THIS IS THE KIND OF OLD-SCHOOL RAP THAT GEIR LIKES.

Eisbaer, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:05 (fourteen years ago) link

No that would be "The Message" and "Planet Rock". :)

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Why were you wasting time wallowing in amelodic rhythm dominate coloured rap howling while ignoring proper music such as King Trigger, Jimmy the Hoover and One The Juggler?

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:12 (fourteen years ago) link

oh oh ee yeah yeah

Mark G, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:14 (fourteen years ago) link

seriously, the queen of the rapping scene's mic skills are SO bad that it's charming. i presume that this was deliberate (i mean, the song was done in 1982 & hip-hop really hadn't taken hold in the UK but even so.)

Eisbaer, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:15 (fourteen years ago) link

King Trigger: did they have that song, something about "... .in a dug out canoe"?

Mark G, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:15 (fourteen years ago) link

I remember Record Mirror ripping the piss out of Jimmy the Hoover.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Eisbaer:

EARLY RAP IN THE UK TOP 40 (not a definitive list cos I’m doing it quickly and haven’t heard everything)

Dec 79: Sugarhill Gang - Rappers Delight #3
Dec 79: Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rappin #30
Jan 81: Blondie - Rapture #5
Jun 81: Evasions - Wikka Wrap #20
Jun 81: Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinghood #7
Dec 81: Adam And The Ants - Ant Rap #3
Jan 82: Modern Romance - Queen Of The Rapping Scene #37
Aug 82: Grandmaster Flash - The Message #8
Dec 82: Malcolm McLaren - Buffalo Girls #9
Jan 83: Wham! - Wham! Rap #8
Mar 83: Kenny Everett - Snot Rap #9
Jul 83: Gary Byrd & GB Experience - The Crown #6
Oct 83: Rocksteady Crew - Hey You (Rocksteady Crew) #6
Nov 83: Roland Rat Superstar - Rat Rappin #14
Feb 84: Break Machine - Street Dance #3
Feb 84: Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel - White Lines #7
Feb 84: Mel Brooks - To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) #12
Mar 84: Afrika Bambaataa - Renegades Of Funk #30

(from an old FT post)

Groke, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:19 (fourteen years ago) link

The King Trigger record was called "The River." Steve "Scab" Sutherland in MM reckoned them the future of music.

I don't recall their ever progressing to an album, unlike, for instance, Set The Tone.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:20 (fourteen years ago) link

ah the old Skag funk! Before we all knew the skag....

That list misses out the Clash "This is Radio Clash" (That was top 40 wasn't it?)

Mark G, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:23 (fourteen years ago) link

No, but "The Magnificent 7," which I think is the one you meant, was.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Probably Mark! I didn't know it had rapping in it (and couldn't guess from the title).

Groke, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:23 (fourteen years ago) link

"Snot Rap" really was a high-water mark for Hip Hop.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:24 (fourteen years ago) link

One which Tom missed out:
Nov 71: Benny Hill - Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) #1

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Listen to 'The River' here, King Trigger fans; http://www.kingtrigger.co.uk/

Tantalise is a great song in the lineage of classic one hit wonders like 'John Wayne is Big Leggy', 'Brilliant Mind' and 'Driving away from home'.

Billy Dods, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Hayzi Fantayzee did have a couple of other hits - "Sister Friction" and "Shiny Shiny" (the latter now sounds a lot weirder than it did at the time and its first four seconds in particular invent Tricky).

Chart progress of "Snot Rap" up to the week of the Tory election rally:

56-27-10-9

Chart progress of "Snot Rap" from the week after the Tory election rally:
13-26-45-67

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:29 (fourteen years ago) link

1975: Telly Savalas - If

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:29 (fourteen years ago) link

Aug 1966: Napoleon XIV - They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha-Haaa!

Mark G, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:39 (fourteen years ago) link

1956(?): Eamonn Andrews - Shifting Whispering Sands

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:41 (fourteen years ago) link

"I first came across the shifting whispering sands when I was out Gold prospecting in the Yukon..."

Eamon! Hunting for teh Bling!

Mark G, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:44 (fourteen years ago) link

I wish there was Youtube footage of Danny Blanchflower telling him to fuck off.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:45 (fourteen years ago) link

"So heavy and oppressive I could scarcely breathe"

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 11:48 (fourteen years ago) link

Everybody Salsa because it's a timeless club jam, though Queen Of the Rapping Scene's rap is pretty awesome.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 12:25 (fourteen years ago) link

fourteen years pass...

Is this really the only Modern Romance thread? Their first album Adventures in Clubland should be worshipped by all the hipsters as a dance-pop classic. Not a bad song in the bunch.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 9 September 2021 00:23 (one month ago) link


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