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Friday, September 15, 2017

Best of Bandstands in Foreign Lands - Volume 3: Green River Manhunt!


I'M ALRIGHT!


Thank you, dear friends, for your messages of concern
regarding Hurricane Irma. I can't tell you how grateful
I am for your caring support. I am happy to tell you
that all of our family members survived the storm.
We are all thankful to be alive. After more than a
week of constant stress it feels good to relax
and turn my attention to carefree pursuits.

Shady Dell Music & Memories is back and
open for beeswax. Thank you again for your
comforting words during the Irma crisis.


Welcome to volume 3 of  

my globetrotting series


BANDSTANDS IN

FOREIGN LANDS!



I'm Shady Seaweed, here to bring you more great music performances that originated from TV studios, big halls and nightclubs in Europe and other parts of the world from the 1960s through early 2000s.



Join me now for another exciting

trip back in time as we visit

Bandstands in Foreign Lands!



KAREN KAMON

WWF CLUB
COLOGNE, WEST GERMANY

Our first stop is Cologne, Germany, where a
meeting of The WWF Club is about to convene.
(Sorry - it has nothing to do with pro wrestling.)
Appearing on the weekly music/variety television
program is a young woman best known for her
performance of a song on the soundtrack of
the hit movie Flashdance. Karen Kamon is in
the house, and she's going on a "Manhunt!"

"Manhunt" - Karen Kamon
(from Apr. 1983 album Flashdance:
OST from the Motion Picture,
live appearance on German
TV series WWF Club)




CREEDENCE

CLEARWATER

REVIVAL

(PAN'S PEOPLE)

TOP OF THE POPS
LONDON

Now let's club hop over to London town and
catch the fetching females of Pan's People,
one of the all-girl dance companies on the
music television series Top Of The Pops.
A Pan-demic is all but guaranteed as the
ladies perform their interpretation of the
CCR hit "Green River." Gotta love 'em!

"Green River" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
(Sept. '69, highest chart pos. #2, from Aug. '69
album Green Riverdance performed by
Pan's People on Top Of The Pops)




THE FLIRTATIONS

BEAT-CLUB
BREMEN, WEST GERMANY

The Flirtations have been compared to
The Supremes. The South Carolina girl group
even won a contest for sounding most like the
famous Motown ladies. The Flirtations started
in the early 60s as a quartet called The Gypsies.
The lineup changed along with the group name
and The Flirtations emerged as a soulful girl trio.
Records by The Gypsies and The Flirtations failed
to catch on in the U.S. and so the girls decided
to move to England where other American soul
artists were enjoying warmer welcomes and
greater success. The Flirtations signed with
Parrot Records and joined Tom Jones on his
European tour. Still in search of a hit record,
The Flirtations jumped to Deram Records.
Their first single for that label gave them
the break that had eluded them for so long.
"Nothing But A Heartache" made waves
on both sides of the pond and is today
considered a pop and Northern Soul
classic. Here they are, Ernestine Pearce
on lead, along with her sister Shirley
and Viola Billups - The Flirtations -
performing their signature song
on the West German TV
series Beat-Club.

"Nothing But a Heartache" - The Flirtations
(April/May 1969, highest chart pos.
#3 WRKO Boston/ #34 Hot 100,
#36 Netherlands, perf. on Beat-Club)





DEAD OR ALIVE

P.I.T. - PETER ILLMAN TREFF
MUNICH, BAVARIA, GERMANY

It has been less than a year since Pete Burns died
of cardiac arrest at the age of 57. Burns was the
flamboyant lead singer of Liverpool's new wave
synth-pop band Dead Or Alive. The group's 1984
dance single "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"
brushed the top 10 in the U.S. and made it all the
way to #1 on the UK chart. The song was recently
voted by Brits as one of their favorite chart topping
hits of the 80s. Here's Dead Or Alive performing
their smash on Peter Illmann's German
music television series P.I.T.

"You Spin Me Round" - Dead Or Alive
(Aug. 1985, highest chart pos. #11 Hot 100,
#1 UK, from May 1985 album Youthquake,
live appearance on German TV series
P.I.T.  - Peter Illmann Treff)





BLONDIE

TOP OF THE POPS
LONDON

In 1979 the Debbie Harry fronted band Blondie
scored their biggest hit with "Heart Of Glass,"
a single that reached #1 in the U.S., the UK
and several other countries. "Heart Of Glass"
falls near the middle Rolling Stone Magazine's
list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Here is a brilliantly restored video of
Blondie performing their chartbuster
in England on Top Of The Pops.





LIME

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA

Yessum, Canada counts as a foreign land. I looked it up.
Montreal is where we find Lime, a disco synth-pop duo
consisting of husband and wife Denis & Denyse LePage.
Lime's biggest career hit was the single "Your Love,"
the title track from the couple's debut 1981 album.
In the spring of 1981 "Your Love" topped the U.S.
dance chart. The following year the song was used
in the soundtrack of Summer Lovers, a romantic
comedy film starring Peter Gallagher and Daryl
Hannah. Remember folks - when life gives you
lemons - dance your cares away with Lime!

"Your Love" - Lime (Apr. 1981,
highest chart pos. #1 U.S. Dance,
from 1981 album Your Love)




I hope you enjoyed vol. 3 of

BANDSTANDS IN

FOREIGN LANDS!

Stay tuned for the

next edition coming soon.

Have a Shady day!

42 comments:

  1. Ha— I like your clever use of the Caddyshack theme to announce that you're alright— lol. It certainly is nice to relax now that the hurricane has moved on.

    There are some terrific performances here! I remember the song Manhunt from Flashdance— but up until now I didn’t know who sang it. It is nice to be able to put a face to the song. I enjoyed watching Karen perform on German TV. I love CCR. Green River is one of my favorite songs in their repertoire— and those Pan’s People women really rocked their dance routine! I remember Nothing but a Heartache. It was interesting to learn more about the Flirtations and see them perform. They are beautiful— and they do remind me of the Supremes— especially the later Supremes group that sang Stone Love. I have always liked the new wave song You Spin Me Around Like a Record— and I didn’t know that the lead singer died. What a shame! You also picked a great video of Blondie singing Heart of Glass. I never heard of Lime or the song Your Love— but it has a great beat and I can understand how it rose to number one on the dance chart.

    This was another exciting and fun filled edition of Foreign Lands— and I look forward to the next tour!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thank you very much for being the early bird for my first post-Irma post. I'm glad you appreciated the Caddyshack reference. :)

      Yessum, “Manhunt,” one of the coolest songs from the Flashdance movie soundtrack, was sung by Karen Kamon. Performing on The WWF Club there in Germany, Karen looked a lot like Janet from Three’s Company. :)

      Very few recordings, very few songs, very few girl groups excite me as much as The Flirtations and their signature hit “Nothing But A Heartache.” The record was played often on the campus radio station when I was at Penn State. I loved the record then and I love it now. I was thrilled to find this great looking, great sounding clip of the American/English girl trio performing on the German music program Beat-Club. The Flirtations continued recording and performing well into the new millennium.

      Yessum, Pete Burns of Dead Or Alive died last October. Fellow music star Boy George paid tribute to Burns calling him "one of our great true eccentrics."

      Debbie Harry has a delightfully awkward stage presence, don't you think? I don’t want to call her wooden, but she often appeared rather stiff, like a girl pulled from the audience and placed in front of the band. She had a look on her face that said “what am I doing up here on stage?” Sometimes she seems bored, like she was merely phoning it in. I think it was all part of the act. Debbie’s awkwardness added to her appeal and made Blondie stand out from other bands.

      Recently I was blown away when I came across Lime’s biggie “Your Love.” I hadn’t thought about the song in decades but it was a big club hit and triggered memories of my bachelor years when I spent many nights hanging out in discos.

      Thank you again for joining the fun, Kathryn, and have a great weekend!

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  2. Shh. Don't tell Canada they're foreign...
    I see some bad lip-syncing going on there! Good thing the bands on the German shows aren't required to sing in German.
    Glad you and your family are safe.

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    1. Hey, Alex!

      Thank you very much, good buddy! I'm glad you could make it over for episode 3 of BIFL aka "Biffle" :)

      Back in the 70s and 80s there was no shame in lip syncing. Shucks, many of today's artists still do it. I'd rather sit through a good lip sync performance to the original studio recording than to hear a live performance with inferior musicianship or sound pick-up or, even worse, discover that the artist can't really sing at all! :)

      Thank you again for stopping by, Alex, and enjoy your weekend!

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  3. What great performances indeed, Blondie is such a classic tune, and it's nice to see the video, thanks for sharing. Appreciate you taking time to stop by, warm greetings!

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    1. Warm greetings right back at you, Blogoratti! Welcome back to SDMM, your home away from home, my new English friend.

      I'm sure you are familiar with the London based TV series Top Of The Pops and its various troupes of dancing women. Sadly, at least half of the original members of Pan's People have reportedly already passed away - hard to believe as you watch their vibrant dance routines. For this BIFL series I have hand picked some of the best vintage clips from TOTP plus performances by hit makers, foreign and domestic, on German, Dutch, Polish, Italian and other European music television series of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. I hope you will stick around for more of these great performances.

      Thank you very much for your kind visit and comment, Blogoratti, and have a super weekend in London town!

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  4. Good to see you're all right.

    Don't have time to watch all these videos at the moment, will do so this weekend. Am especially looking forward to Blondie (never mind that I have that song at home on a CD, I'm always willing to listen to it in a new venue.)

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    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thank you very much for popping in, good buddy! I appreciate you making time for a visit during your busy Friday and hope you'll return to take the full ride over the weekend.

      IMO Debbie Harry never looked better than she did doing this performance on Top Of The Pops. Don't you just love her neon colored outfit and the way she twirls that pink scarf thingy around like nobody's beeswax? Absolutely mesmerizing!

      The Flirtations always get my vote and I hope you will tap into the excitement of their performance on Beat-Club.

      Thanks again for coming, Kirk. Have a safe and happy weekend, good buddy!

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  5. Still raw feelings from Irma ... Still trying to reach my friends in Matanzas, Cuba and Havana, Cuba ... We are living in an ant hill scrambling along, hmmm? ... Glad U r safe, friend Mr Shady ... Love, cat.

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    1. Hi, cat!

      Welcome welcome welcome, dear feline friend!

      Yessum, Irma left a path of destruction in its wake and the poor are suffering most. People are sweltering in the Cuban and Floridian heat and humidity w/o electricity. Deaths have been reported in nursing homes where the elderly are suffering from the extreme heat. Fortunately Mrs. Shady's daughter and her family got their power restored late yesterday after four days of enduring misery w/o it. I hope you reach your friends and find them safe and sound.

      Thank you again for being here, dear friend cat. Have a safe and happy weekend!

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  6. Welcome back and glad you and Mrs. S are doing good! My brother was fine and his property was too and now he's off to the UK to visit friends. So your Bands In Foreign Lands reminds me of him on a foreign adventure. I told him he needs to start a blog with all his blog worthy moments! Loved the tunes displayed here today. Loved the boots on Pans People...of course the song was great too! My fav has to be Debby Harry and I had to laugh at her performance because, really, it was pretty bland. But she was lovely and the song brought back memories. Have a good weekend down there and prayers for those struggling to get back to normal. I know there is much help on the way and many ways to donate. There are several events being held up here to raise monies for victims. Hoping to make some of them tomorrow. Take care!

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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for swinging by for a tour of Bandstands in Foreign Lands (Canada included :). I am very happy to see you, dear friend!

      I'm happy to learn that your brother in Florida made it through the storm AOK. Mrs. S's daughter and her family (including our two year old grandson) needed to bake almost four full days before their electricity came back on. I felt very badly for them, but realize that many people have it much worse.

      I'm so glad you enjoyed these BIFL performances including those bouncy booted birds, Pan's People. As I told my new English friend Blogoratti, I read recently that more than half of the original Pan's People dance company have already passed away!

      Yessum, as I told Mrs. S, Debbie Harry made a habit of phoning it in, acting very nonchalant and amateurish as she fronted her Blondie band. However, I think it was a calculated move and actually endeared her to fans.

      Thank you and the members of your community for spearheading fundraising events to help hurricane stricken folks down here and in Texas.

      Thank you again for being here and have a wonderful weekend, dear friend YaYa!

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  7. Shady, I too, am so glad you and your family are fine, and working your way back, even wrapped in seaweed, haha!

    I mean, you bounced back and delivered the postest with the mostest! That Karen Kamon had me almost as soon as she opened her mouth. What a way to start the day! She is not only attractive, but delivers a punch that can get you on your feet quickly! Her dance partners weren't too shabby either, lol!

    I know some of these songs, and love them all. Wow! The Flirtations are great...I always liked that song (a great one in my book), but never saw any photos of them. "You Spin Me Around" is so cool. Even us grandmas can rock to this one. Peter may have been flamboyant, but it worked for me, and I'm sorry to hear of his passing! I always liked this song, as it was played a lot on the radio stations.

    You've got the knack for finding good dancers, Shady. Green River is such a cool CCR song, and the 'Pan's People' did it up great with their routine.

    I have to give it to the LePage's, they know how to pick a good beat. It did take me back to the great Disco days. Not too sure of their singing, but the music was good!

    So, here we are, back at SDMM (is that right?) and I'm glad of it. It's like a reunion of sorts!

    But wait...did I forget someone? Not on your life! Blondie kills me the way she just nonchalantly 'sashays' around on stage. Her stage presence is mesmerizing, because you don't take your eyes off her. You don't ever know what her next move or expression will be, or how she will be dressed. I have always believed that she is one of the first rappers we had back in the day! She is one of the greatest artists-doing her own thing! Thank goodness for YouTube, and all of the saved musical videos!

    Went to school with Scootie this morning for a parents and pastries breakfast! He wanted the pastries, so I took some and let him have mine, lol! He also had some kind of breakfast pizza with juice and chocolate milk. Well, it was a fun morning!

    Thank you for presenting such a grand cast today, Shady. Even though they are Foreign Land bands, I love hearing them again, and some for the first time! Take care, and, have a great weekend! ♫

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    1. Hi hi hi, dear Suzanne! Thank you ever so much for making the scene with Shady Seaweed and friends for episode 3 of Bandstands in Foreign Lands!

      If you saw the 1983 movie Flashdance I am sure you recall the exciting dance routine performed to "Manhunt." The dancer actually climbs the wall at one point. I always wondered who sang "Manhunt." I bought the soundtrack CD and learned it is Karen Kamon. As I prepared this series, I was delighted to discover this rare clip of Karen performing it on a TV show in Germany. Don't you think she resembles Janet from Three's Company? :) I agree that the two male dancers that accompanied Karen on stage made the performance that much more exciting. They looked like a couple of fugitives from a bachelorette party! :)

      I was delighted to find those bright, sharp clips of Dead Or Live and Blondie with HQ sound. What a treat to experience those classic performances as it they were taped last week. I mentioned to Mrs. Shady that Deborah Harry had an unusual, rather stiff performing style that reminds me of amateur hour or karaoke night at the neighborhood pub. I think her understated performing style actually was mesmerizing. It kept the audience's attention riveted. Blondie came across as a band of the people, by the people and for the people.

      I'm happy to learn that you and Scootie had breakfast together at the school. Tell me, Suzanne. How did it feel to sit at the same table with that brilliant young artist? :) I hope he read my review of his artwork.

      Thank you again for coming to call, dear friend Suzanne. Please have a safe and happy weekend and I will be connecting with you again soon!

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    2. I am appalled! You and Kelly were never great fans of CCR? Now, I can admit what I've kept secret for years. CCR opened for Janis Joplin in the late 60's (don't remember exactly 68 or 69), in Kansas City. I had never heard of them before then, and, I asked who those HICKS were on the stage wearing flannel shirts! I couldn't believe how loud they were and trashy they looked, but everyone was cheering so loudly for them. I guess I must have been asleep when they first hit the scene, lol! I did eventually warm up to them, not my favorites, but I do like them!

      It was quite a morning at Scootie's school. Several of us got to visit his classroom's early activities, and we said the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag with them. It was really something to see the children all standing and hear them say it correctly! I showed Scootie your comment on his artwork, and he blushed. He said that it was a nice compliment. Thank you, Shady, for a friendship that extends, also to our families, friends and pets! Have a wonderful weekend! ♫

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    3. Hi, Suzanne!

      I would say my least favorite CCR song is "Bad Moon Rising." However I do like "Proud Mary," "Green River," "Hey Tonight," "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" and a few others. I did not collect their albums as did hardcore fans. I liked the early Elvis recordings from his rockabilly years through his rock 'n' roll period. When he started making el cheapo movies in the mid 60s I lost interest and didn't particularly care for his comeback years wearing the jumpsuit.

      I'm very happy to know that master Scootie read my review of his roses painting. I think it should be entered in a competition somewhere. It would surely win!

      Thank you for returning to the scene of the grime, dear friend Suzanne. You are a dear and wonderful friend. Have a super weekend!

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  8. Most of these are new to me, but I do know CCR and Blondie. Dare I admit I never cared for CCR? Horrors, I know. I might as well dig my pit deeper and tell you I was never a great Elvis fan, either (though I didn't DISlike him... he just wasn't my favorite).

    Haha...I'd better stop while I'm ahead. Good to have you back posting again. :)

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    1. Hi, Kelly!

      How are you today, dear friend? Thanks a lot for dropping by to sample some songs performed on Bandstands in Foreign Lands including far away Quebec, Canada! :)

      WHAT??? You never cared for CCR? WHAT??? You were never a great Elvis fan? Please reassure me by telling me you like Disco Tex and His Sex-O-Lettes! :) Truth be told, dear friend, I am not the biggest fan of CCR or Elvis either. Gosh, now that we have confessed our sins I hope we don't get tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail. I think I see an angry mob in the distance. They are carrying torches and coming my way! :) If you read this reply, I'd like you to submit another comment and list 3 or 5 of your favorite artists. It will enable me to know you better. Will I see names of great blues men? Country crooners?
      Rock bands? I can't wait to find out. (If Disco Tex is actually one of your favorites I will surely keel over :).

      Thank you very much for the warm welcome as I return to blogging. Friends like you make blogging a pleasure. Thank you again for your visit and comment, Kelly, and enjoy your Arkansas weekend!

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    2. Geez, Shady... I'm not sure I could narrow it down. Besides, the list can change from day to day! If you ever have spare time, you can always click on the "music" category at my blog and scroll back through dozens of posts that might give you some insight to my musical tastes. I even had a "least favorite five" post for musicians (and it included CCR and Elvis!).

      I think I can safely say my all-time favorite group is Yes (the progressive/art rock band). That's been a constant for more than four decades, but otherwise I'd probably have to make lists according to specific periods of my life - or sorted by genres.

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    3. Hi, Kelly!

      I will do that, dear friend. I will check out some of your older music posts. I'm sure I will find more surprises in your archives.

      Hey, if Yes is your all time favorite band, then you need to see this. Remember my post featuring the German drummer girl Sina and her friends? Here is one of their latest covers, a video uploaded in the days since my post ran:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bDEJ2Pj1_8

      Isn't that killer?

      Enjoy your weekend, dear friend Kelly!

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  9. I can't believe you are up and running. You have internet ! ! !
    I know all the songs but love love love The Flirtations. Sounds like you are up and running.
    Take care and have a great weekend.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Hi, Gayle!

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend!

      Yessum, Mrs. Shady and I were very fortunate to return home and find our dwelling in the same condition as when we evacuated (dirty socks and underwear everywhere! :). We had power and internet - a small miracle indeed.

      I am very pleased that you singled out The Flirtations because they are my Pick-To-Click for this BIFL post. The American/English thrushes have been compared to the Supremes and I agree with Mrs. S. that they remind me of the reinvented Supremes that continued to record and perform after Diana Ross exited the group. I can imagine the Flirtations singing the Supremes' hits "Stoned Love," "Up The Ladder To The Roof" and "Nathan Jones" and doing a dang great job on them. The Flirtations might have been one-hit-wonders for all intents and purposes, but the gals were still together in the 2010s and released an album and a single as recently as 2015.

      Thank you again for joining the fun, dear friend Gayle. I hope you, your new pup Winston and your pretty katties have a fine weekend in Tucson!

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    2. Gosh you are so right or Mrs. S. is so right. the reinvented Supremes is such a great idea.
      Glad to know your home survived, dirty socks and all !

      cheers, parsnip

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    3. Thank you so much, Gayle! Mrs. Shady's daughter and her family suffered in the Florida heat for several days before the power was restored at their residence. Ironically they were much farther away from the cane's eye than we were and we had only a brief (few minute) power interruption.

      Please hug the Mandibles Of Doom for me and have a nice weekend, Gayle!

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  10. Hi Shady,

    I am glad that you and your family are okay! I was worried about you all.

    Thank you for posting some of my favorite songs. These are my favorites from Dead or Alive and Blondie - thanks for taking me back to high school. :)

    I look forward to your next post! Have a great weekend, dear friend.

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      It's great to see you, dear friend! Thank you for coming over to sample some songs sung on Bandstands in Foreign Lands. Ever hear of the foreign land known as Canada? :)

      Yessum, there are some classic performance clips here, nicely preserved and restored. I'm happy to know they brought back memories of your high school years even though they were already "oldies" by the time you went to school.

      Thanks again for joining the fun this week and have a great weekend, dear friend JM!

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    2. Hi Shady,

      I certainly have heard of the foreign land called Canada. :) You might have to check out the Band and include them in your next "Bands From Foreign Lands" post.

      I think I am going to have to download these golden oldies. I also loved the other songs you posted - I remember listening to CCR when I was getting my rook pierced. Five years later, I still associate CCR with getting pierced.

      I hope you have a great Sunday, dear friend!

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    3. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you for popping back over, dear friend. I'm glad to see you!

      I was fairly confident that you have heard of Canada and know where that faraway land is on the map. :)

      Seems you have given us a good example of "anchoring." You became anchored to CCR songs while listening to them as you were getting pierced. Ever since, the two events have been irrevocably linked in your mind. A similar thing happened to me as a result of this post. Every time I listen to "Green River" I picture Pan's People. :)

      Thank you again for coming, dear friend JM, and have a super week ahead!

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  11. I couldn't seem to reply to your comment with the link so I'll just start anew here. That is, indeed, quite an impressive cover. Sina has very eclectic musical tastes based on the wide variety of her clips you've shared.

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    1. Hi again, Kelly!

      I'm thrilled that you enjoyed their cover of "Roundabout" as much as I did. Thanks for checking it out!

      Enjoy your Saturday evening and Sunday, dear friend!

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  12. I don't know. I think girl dancers in tank tops and cutoff jeans might have been more appropriate for a CCR song than go go dancer wear, but it was fun to watch.

    Like the Flirtations. I tend to associate Motown-like girl groups with the early rather than the late 1960s, when, as far as black artists were concerned, the Stax sound kind of took over. Maybe that's why they didn't catch on in the US.

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    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks for returning to chat, good buddy! You make a good point. Timing is everything. The Flirtations achieved a great sound but it might have been at the wrong time. By around 1967, R&B and funk were becoming more popular than traditional sweet soul. Even Arthur Conley's hit "Sweet Soul Music" released that year was a rollicking R&B record and not really what I would call sweet soul. In fact, of the six artists mentioned in the lyrics of "Sweet Soul Music," four of them - Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and James Brown, specialized in the type of gritty southern R&B that Atlantic, Stax and Volt were issuing, and not sweet soul.

      When traditional soul started to fade, Motown shifted gears and followed the lead of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys and Sly & The Family Stone and dabbled in psychedelia. Times change... but they can change back. In 1970 the Supremes, with Jean Terrell on lead replacing the departed Diana Ross, were able to reinvent themselves and return to more traditional material including love songs. The new Supremes enjoyed a string of hits with "Up The Ladder To The Roof," "Stoned Love" and "Nathan Jones." I would love to have heard The Flirtations perform those three songs because the material was a good fit for them, I think.

      Thanks again for expanding our thread, good buddy Kirk!

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  13. Tom,

    Whew, I'm sorry for JUST now getting over to visit. From mid-week last week and through the weekend my presence in Blogosphere was nearly invisible. I tried to do a little catching up at the very least responding to comments left on my site but I didn't get too far with that, either. Today, I'm playing catch up. I'm glad y'all are doing okay in Florida. I was happy to get your email update. DH & I kept you and yours in our prayers throughout the whole Irma mess. We will continue to keep you in prayer with the volatile hurricane season underway. Hopefully, the worst of it is now behind you, though. Incidentally, I love the Caddy Shack image you used announcing that you're alright. :D

    Volume 3 is excellent! Karen Kamon "Manhunt" flashes me back to the 80s. I didn't realize that Kamon is an Asian chick, though. She's a pretty gal and I really love this song!

    CCR's "Green River" is a classic oldie and one of my favorite bands from the past. I really loved the 60s Go-Go boots and the fringed booty shaking! An era when girls like being girls and there was no shaming other than perhaps for being a temptress. lol I like watching vintage footage like this where girls are pretty as a picture unlike today's girls who try to look as homely as possible. Hooray for girlie girls!

    Even in the early 80s girls looked like girls. Debby Harry was an attractive gal, too. I love the short dress (not the pattern so much) and high heels. "Heart of Glass" is a fabulous throwback and it's hard to believe that Blondie is considered to be a 80s punk band. They just sound like good rock n' roll to me.

    Dead or Alive is new-to-me in name until I listened to "You Spin Me Around" and then it clicked. However, before listening to the vid the frame was frozen on a person's face. I thought it was of a not-so-pretty woman but I guess this is Pete Burns. 57 is a bit too soon to bite the dust, isn't it? That hits close to home. I'll be 56 in December.

    The Flirtations are awesome! I really like "Nothing But A Heartache". This sample of mewsic talent makes me wanna hear more by this all retro girl group. I can't believe they didn't chart right up there with the Supremes. In a way I like them better vocally over Motown's famous female trio.

    Lime is another new-to-me group. "Your Love" sounds somewhat familiar but I can't swear to hearing it for sure. You'd think I'd remember this since I was in college but I don't recall listening to the radio much in those days.

    You always bring something new my way and I am looking forward to part four in this series. Thanks for sharing and have tunetastic week, my friend!

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for swinging by today, dear friend, and for taking time to leave this tremendous comment! I love comments like yours because they promote further discussion, teaching and learning. That's important to me.

      Thank you very much for your well wishes as we plod our way through an increasingly active hurricane season. Now there's another storm on the horizon - Maria - and it could potentially affect Florida down the line. It's like living in a shooting gallery down here.

      I'm glad you got a kick out of my Caddyshack "I'm Alright" bit at the beginning. :)

      It seems a shame that Karen Kamon didn't become a major singing star. She certainly had pizzazz. Did you see the movie Flashdance? I'm glad you enjoyed Karen's performance on German TV. There were quite a few mewsic television programs that originated in West Germany and I hope to bring you the best of those bandstands in this 50+ volume series.

      I'm delighted that you enjoyed the dance routine performed on TOTP by the Pan's People dance company. You and I always agree on the women of the 80s. In many ways the Eighties were the last great decade, in my opinion.

      Yessum, Blondie started out as a punk band but they adopted a commercial sound that gained them mainstream acceptance and Debbie Harry became a style icon as well.

      I'm glad you remember the new wave dance hit "You Spin Me Round" by Dead Or Alive. Wiki has this interesting tidbit about the group's eccentric lead singer Pete Burns: "Burns was known for his ever-changing, often androgynous appearance, which he freely admitted was greatly modified by cosmetic surgery. Burns had extensive polyacrylamide injections into his lips, cheek implants, several rhinoplasties and many tattoos. Burns at one time accused fellow pop star Boy George of appropriating his unique image."

      I am especially pleased that you recognize the dazzling greatness of The Flirtations, a one-hit-wonder girl group that should have been as big as the Supremes. There is pure magic in this performance of their signature song "Nothing But A Heartache."

      Recently I was stunned to hear "Your Love" for the first time since my clubbing years. You might not have heard of the song because its popularity was confined to dance venues. I doubt it was played much on mainstream radio stations. It is also a Canadian recording, so there's that.

      Thanks a million for coming to chat, dear friend Cathy. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  14. Technically, I'm not here. But I wanted to check in and see if you and yours are safe after that bad girl, Irma visited your area.

    Of course, I had to take some time here to listen to Creedence and those Flirtations. They had the style and the voices to go with it. Today was another wonderful musical time trip!

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    1. Well hello, dear Cheryl-Lee! I am surprised and delighted to see you, my dear globetrotting author friend. Thank you very much for dropping in to see what condition my condition is in!

      To sum up what happened while you were out of the country, Mrs. Shady and I needed to evacuated our town as Irma closed in. We drove to the interior of the state for safety but the dang storm followed us there. The eye of the cane passed over or very near the house where we were hunkered down with other family members. No one was hurt but two large trees were blown over by the storm and one of them crushed a section of the neighbor's fence. The property was flooded and we lost power for almost 24 hours. Now there's a new hurricane on the horizon - Maria - a powerful category 5 storm that could potentially impact Florida a week from now. I feel very badly for the inhabitants of the Caribbean islands already in Maria's path.

      I am very happy to know that you enjoyed a few of these songs and performance videos from foreign lands (including the 7th planet from the sun - Canada). I am very glad that you and others recognize the greatness of those lovely and talented Flirtations. I wish they had been able to build on the success of "Nothing But A Heartache" but unfortunately they remained one-hit-wonders.

      Thanks again for coming to see me, Cheryl. I hope you are enjoying your travels and I invite you to come again soon. Take care and have a great week, dear friend!

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  15. Thanks for another trip on history, my friend. When I hear and watch these oldies but goodies, I can't help but be amazed as to how music and entertainment has evolved through time. So much has change and that's good but I do hope we could keep some from the past. Thank God for technology and the internet.

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    1. Hi, Lux!

      How are you, my friend around the world? Thank you very much for joining the fun and sampling some sounds from Bandstands in Foreign Lands!

      I am happy to learn that you appreciate these trips back into music history. What excites me most is that modern technology is being used to clean up the sound and clear up the images on vintage performances taped in the 70s and 80s, making them more enjoyable then ever before. The restoration, remastering and enhancement of oldies is one of the most exciting developments in recent years.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Luxie. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  16. Hi Tom I'm very happy to know you and your family are ok, welcome back!

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    1. Thank you, dear Katia!

      It is nice to be able to put the frightening event behind us, but we need to remember the thousands who were less fortunate and suffered extreme losses during this year's active hurricane season.

      Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend Katia!

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  17. Hiya Tom,
    So glad that you and Kathryn and the rest of your family weathered Irma and came out on the bright side of it. That was scary for all of us, I can only imagine how stressful it was for all of you.

    Sorry it took me so long to get over here to your Best of Bandstands in Foreign Lands post. It was worth the wait! I'm listening to Lime right now and I really like that song! It's energizing, just like the fruit! :)

    Great video of Blondie's Heart of Glass. I haven't thought of Blondie in ages!

    Dead or Alive is, um, interesting. :) I remember the song but I don't remember the band...or their look. That was a cool video though. I couldn't peel my eyes away...

    I never heard of the Flirtations but I love them! Nothing But a Heartache is a great song. This song is going on Re-peat!

    I love me some CCR and I enjoyed Pan's People's dance interpretation of Green River. I do have a question: Who's Pan??

    And this post was kicked off with an 80s great! Karen Kamon's Manhunt is a winner track from the Flashdance movie and of course I remember it well. But I never saw Karen Kamon perform and for sure I didn't even know who did the song back then. Thanks for bringing her to the party!

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend Tom. My best to Kathryn...
    talk soon,

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      Sorry that I was equally slow replying to your comment. I just now discovered it. Thank you very much for taking a look at Biffle #3, dear friend!

      I am delighted to learn that you enjoyed these song and dance performances, including three "wild card" favorites of mine that aren't as well known - Karen Kamon, The Flirtations and Lime. The Lime duo's biggest hit "Your Love" brings back my clubbing years big time, and "Nothing But a Heartache" brings back my college years. There is something surreal about that Flirtations record, something that sets it apart from the Motown Sound. (Note the similarity of the title "Nothing But a Heartache" to the Supremes' hit "Nothing But Heartaches.") I'm sure the difference has a lot to do with the UK studio's glorious horn section that accompanied the ladies, making the recording a hybrid of American soul and English Mod.

      To answer your question about Pan's People - Pan, in Greek Mythology, (quoting Wiki) "is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds and rustic music, and companion of the nymphs." Nymphs (says Wiki) "are usually depicted as beautiful, young nubile maidens who love to dance and sing". So there you have it. :)

      I am also pleased to know you are familiar with "Manhunt," one of the best songs from the Flashdance OST. I enjoyed the opportunity to put a face to that song.

      Thank you again for coming by and thank you for your caring and concern regarding Hurricane Irma. It feels great just to have life return to normal w/o that threat facing us. Prayers go out to the people of Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas who are still struggling to recover.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Michele!

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