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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Best of Bandstands in Foreign Lands - Vol. 7: Looky Looky - It's Raining Men!

Welcome to volume 7 of  

my globetrotting series



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!



In the winter of 1977/78, Donna Summer topped
the U.S. Dance Club chart and reached the top 3
in the UK with "Love's Unkind," a single from
her album I Remember Yesterday. In 1991,
English soap opera actress and pop singer
Sophie Lawrence brushed the UK top 20
with a cover of "Love's Unkind." As you
are about to hear in Sophie's performance
on Top Of The Pops, the song's melody is
highly derivative of the Crystals hit of the
60s "Then He Kissed Me." Sophie is also
a choreographer, and it shows in her agile
moves and those of her background singers.

"Love's Unkind" - Sophie Lawrence
(Aug./Sept. 1991, highest chart pos.
#21 UK, live perf. on Top Of The Pops)




At the end of 1967 the British rock band The Who
released their concept album The Who Sell Out.
Only one song on the album was issued as a
single, a recording pieced together in three
cities on two continents. The backing tracks
were laid down in London, the vocals and over-
dubbing done in New York and the track mixed
in LA. The result is a Who masterpiece, the band's
biggest U.S. hit, top 10 on both sides of the pond.
Here they are, The Who, on Top Of The Pops
performing "I Can See For Miles."

"I Can See For Miles" - The Who
(Nov. 1967, highest chart pos.
#9 Hot 100/#8 Cash Box/#10 UK,
from Dec. '67 album The Who Sell Out,
live perf. on Top Of The Pops)


Tubes d'un jour,
tubes de toujours

In late 1982 "It's Raining Men" by Sylvester's
backup singers The Weather Girls reached #1
on the U.S. disco chart. In 2001 English popper
Geri Halliwell, formerly known as Ginger Spice 
of The Spice Girls, gained a #1 hit of her own
with the song. Geri performed her chart topper
on the French television show Tubes d'un jour,
tubes de toujours - translation: "Tubes of a
day, tubes of always" - broadcast on TF1,
France's oldest general interest TV channel.

"It's Raining Men" - Geri Halliwell
(May/June/July 2001, highest chart pos.
#1 in UK, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy
& Poland, live perf. on French TV show
Tubes d'un jour, tubes de toujours)




In late 1966, Stax R&B great Eddie Floyd had a #1
hit on the Black Singles chart with "Knock On Wood."
In the spring of 1979, disco/dance-pop artist Amii
Stewart topped charts in the U.S. and Canada with
her sizzling dance club cover. Amii's version made
a run at the top 5 in the UK. That's where we find
the lovely ladies of Legs & Co preparing to perform
their dance interpretation on Top Of The Pops.

"Knock On Wood" - Amii Stewart
(Apr. 1979, highest chart pos.
#1 U.S. & Canada/#6 UK, from
Feb. 1979 album Knock on Wood,
dance perf by Legs & Co on
Top Of The Pops)



Singer/songwriter/ record producer Giorgio Moroder
is a pioneer of Italo disco and electronic dance music.
He produced nine of Donna Summer's biggest disco
hits along with recordings for The Three Degrees,
David Bowie, Janet Jackson, Blondie and many
other big name artists. Moroder also composed
the soundtrack of the Academy Award winning
film Midnight Express which yielded the inter-
national hit single "Chase." Here's a rare glimpse
of Giorgio as a solo artist early in his career on
German TV in 1969 performing "Looky, Looky,"
an easy listening bubblegum song that he co-wrote,
a single influenced by Brian Wilson and sounding
like The Beach Boys singing a 3-way mashup
of "Yummy Yummy Yummy (I Got Love
In My Tummy)," "Wooly Bully"
and "Papa Oom Mow Mow."

"Looky, Looky" - Giorgio
(Mar. 1969, highest chart pos.
#3 Switzerland, #16 Belgium,
#26 Germany, perf. on German TV)



Let's return to London and finish big with Eddy Grant,
the Guyanese-British singer and musician best known
for his funky 1982/83 hit "Electric Avenue." Back in
the mid 60s, Eddy formed and fronted The Equals, a
band that shares with The Foundations the distinction
of being one of Britain's first interracial bands to reach
the pop chart. Originally released in the UK in 1966 as
an obscure B side, "Baby, Come Back," failed to attract
attention. Gradually the song caught fire in other parts
of Europe and in 1968 was reissued in the UK where it
exploded and shot to #1. In the U.S. "Baby, Come Back"
made a decent run at the top 30. Watch and listen as
Eddy Grant and The Equals perform their biggie
on a 1968 episode of Top Of The Pops.

"Baby, Come Back" - The Equals
(July 1968 UK, highest chart pos. #1,
Sept./Oct 1968 U.S., highest chart pos. #32,
1968 perf. on Top Of The Pops)

I hope you enjoyed vol. 7 of



Stay tuned for the

next edition coming soon.

Have a Shady day!


  1. I loved Electric Avenue and that's interesting to find out Eddy Grant had an "earlier life" with The Equals. I would never have guessed that sound/style coming from him.

    I remember well the Who song (a good one!) as well as Amii Stewart's "Knock on Wood".

    I think you summed up "Looky Looky" pretty well with your comparison. ;)

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Congratulations, dear friend. You are the early bird this week, and on a Saturday of all days. Thank you so much for coming!

      Yessum, that's Eddy "Electric Ave." Grant with his mixed race Brit band The Equals, wowing the studio dancers on Top Of The Pops with their 1968 chart-topper "Baby, Come Back," a hit that was two years in the making. I love success stories like that one.

      "Looky Looky" was brand new to me until a few months ago. When I first started listening to the song I hated it. However, by the time I got halfway through, I found myself liking it for what it is - a groovy Beach Boys inspired recording from the late 60s bubblegum era, a single released in Europe but not in the U.S. I guarantee if you listen to "Looky Looky" a DOZEN more times back-to-back it will get stuck in your head for days! :)

      Thanks again for joining the fun today, dear friend Kelly, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  2. It's almost odd to think of a band like The Who only having one single on an album. But then, they weren't that type of band. I can think of a lot of rock bands that just went for overall album quality and really didn't have any 'hits.'

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Your crown has been stolen, my friend! Kelly (above) beat you here by eleven minutes to claim "early bird" honors this week, breaking your string of 141 consecutive early bird wins! :) Thank you very much for coming by, good buddy!

      For the sake of accuracy, another song from the album The Who Sell Out - "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand" - was released as the A side of a single in The Netherlands. In the U.S. and elsewhere, "Mary Anne" was issued as the B side of the song in this post, "I Can See For Miles." In all, the band recorded four different versions of "Mary Anne."

      As FM radio rose in popularity along with concept albums, the 45 rpm, 7-inch single became much less important than it had been in years past.

      Thanks again for spending some of your Saturday here in the Shady, good buddy Alex!

  3. Pete Townshend looks like a housepainter in that clip. Classic song, though. Did not know it was from a concept album.

    I'm sorry, Gerri Halliwell gives it a good try, but the Weather Girls "It's Raining Men" is one of the great late disco songs (before disco stopped being called disco)and it remains so after listening to Geri's version. It's too bad because I like her sassy look as she sings it.

    Love "Knock on Wood"

    All in all, I once again enjoyed this edition of Bandstand.

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks a lot for hustling over on day one to do some foot stompin' to the tuneage in my latest volume of "Biffle." I appreciate your attendance, good buddy!

      Gotta love Ginger Spice (or not). Like you I don't think the Weather Girls have anything to worry about, but I must admit that I rather enjoyed Geri's gyrations and gesticulations (and singing) as she covered "It's Raining Men" on a French TV show. You seem to favor, or at least tolerate, Disco a lot more than some of the other more rock oriented readers. To me it's all good and, Knock On Wood, I will keep presenting an eclectic mix for years to come, something to suit practically every taste.

      Thanks so much for popping in on your Saturday, good buddy Kirk. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and the week ahead!

  4. Hi Shady,

    The Who is one of my favourite bands. I just love their style and edge; you selected one of my favourite songs.

    I used to love the Spice Girls when I was a little girl; I never realized Geri made it on her own. Her cover of "It's Raining Men" was wonderful... I might have to see if she released other tunes. I liked her in the Spice Girls and I like her style with this song too.

    Wonderful selections as always, dear friend! I hope you have a rocking Saturday evening!

    1. Hi Jessica Marie!

      Thanks a lot for coming over on your Saturday, dear friend! I hope your visit here doesn't run you late getting to that rock fest. :)

      I'm glad you agree it was exciting to watch The Who in this appearance on Top Of The Pops in London. The studio dancers seemed to be getting into their hit "I Can See For Miles."

      I'm also pleased to know you liked this cover by Ginger Spice - Geri H - a single released from her second solo album Scream If You Wanna Go Faster. The song is also found in the soundtrack of the 2001 Renée Zellweger film Bridget Jones's Diary. Geri's rendition of the Weather Girls disco classic was a hit in two dozen countries including the UK where it topped the chart for two weeks. It is Geri's biggest solo hit to date.

      Thanks again for showing up so quickly, dear friend JM. Have fun tonight and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    2. I might have to check out Geri's album. Sometimes I revisit Spice Girls, so it might be interesting to visit Geri in that mix. :D

      I think I will make one oldies mix and one modern mix for my beach trip next week. The songs you selected would be great for the bus ride as well!

      Have a great Tuesday night, dear friend.

    3. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for returning to chat, dear friend!

      Geri Halliwell is a much more prolific solo artist than I first thought. She has three albums, two video albums, an EP, 11 singles and a dozen music videos to her credit.

      I used to have a reel-to-reel tape deck and enjoyed putting together theme reels for parties at which I worked as a DJ. I like you idea of having an oldies mix and a separate modern mix and playing them on the bus ride as well as the beach.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend JM!

    4. Hi Shady,

      Really?! I never knew she released other albums! Then again, around that time I was listening heavily to rap, rock, and heavy metal.

      I'm going to work on the mixes this weekend. Have a great Thankful Thursday, dear friend!

    5. You too, dear Jessica Marie. You are one of my best bloggy friends, and I invite you to come over here tomorrow and help me celebrate an important blogging milestone. I hope to see you then, dear friend JM!

  5. I think the outfits are blinding me.....I remember many of the songs ! Ginger tries but the Weather Girls are just the best.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi, Gayle!

      Thank you very much for coming over on your weekend, dear friend. I am happy to see you!

      Yessum, there are quite a few interesting outfits and costumes on display in these videos. Some are not for the faint of heart. :)

      Until recently, I had forgotten about the Donna Summer hit "Love's Unkind." The 70s disco recording has become one of my new/old favorites along with this capable cover by English soap actress and one-hit-wonder recording artist Sophie Lawrence. Geri Halliwell's cover can't match the Weather Girls original, but I do enjoy watching her Spicy performance on French TV. :)

      Thanks again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Gayle. Please hug Winston for me and have a great week!

  6. Some pretty good music here, I remember watching Bandstand in my younger days

    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      How are you, dear Aussie friend? Thanks for coming all this way to check out my latest volume of Biffle - Bandstands in Foreign Lands!

      I'm pleased to know you enjoyed this assortment of performances that took place on bandstands in England, France and Germany.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Jo-Anne!

  7. Fun assortment tonight Shady Seaweed! Geri Halliwell, cute as can be and such a catchy number...and who doesn't love the WHO? Favorite song of mine there. Now, that "Looky Looky" guy..just a tad weird and the word creepy comes to mind. He should have stayed with his success in producing and not get in front of a camera! Hope you have a good week!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for swinging by this Sunday evening, dear friend. I am delighted to see you!

      I'm pleased to know you enjoyed Ginger Spice - Geri Halliwell - covering "It's Raining Men," a song found on the OST of the movie Bridget Jones's Diary. I am also glad you told me you enjoy The Who doing one of their biggest hits on TOTP. I admit that 4-time Grammy Award winner Giorgio Moroder looked creepy in that video singing his Beach Boys style Euro single "Looky Looky." It's one of the songs from his 1969 album That's Bubblegum - That's Giorgio which also contains covers of the bubblegum hits "Yummy Yummy Yummy" and "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" along with covers of pop and rock hits of the period including "Aquarius," "Bad Moon Rising" and "Proud Mary."

      Thank you again for joining the fun, dear friend YaYa, and have a super week!

  8. Hi, friend Shady, here to join the fun as well … thanks to you I can see for miles and miles in music land … as me seems to be a turtle staying in same place and you seem like a hare all over the place … or is it the other way around? … anyway dat alright, smiles … meouw … Love, cat.

    1. Hi, cat!

      How are you, dear kitty friend? Thanks for coming down to sample some songs in the latest edition of "Biffle"! :)

      It's my pleasure to put rose colored glasses on your face, give you 20/20 vision, and enable you to see miles and miles, all around the world, to Bandstands in Foreign Lands, and far back into music history.

      Smiles to you, dear friend cat. Thanks again for taking a peek at the post and have a wonderful week!

    2. Lubbins lubbins lubbins, cat! :)

  9. Hi Shady, "Maestro of the Sea"! It was a long hot weekend on my side of the map!

    Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood" was one of the best and most fun dance songs. It was a popular one in the dance clubs. However, when I first heard Amii Stewart's version, I was so impressed. There is so much more kick to an already fun dance song, and has survived many years of sending enjoyment to young and older dancers. Good job, Legs & Co!

    Gosh, "It's Raining Men"...I wish! Just kidding, Shady! When that song first hit my ears, I loved it! The story line and music arrangement are so fun! I love watching the Weather Girls do that number. I bought the song from Amazon as part of a collection on a CD I was making for a girlfriend at work. When I played that song at the office, the ladies were all up and dancing! Who doesn't love that song! So, Geri Halliwell is so cute! And, although her version is quite different than the Weather Girls, it is just as effective! Geri does a great job, and her back up dancers are really good!

    I remember "Baby Come Back" and "Electric Avenue", and liked them both. How funny, there were so many songs to like, but I just didn't always know who the artists were.

    Can't second guess "The Who" though! As wild as they were, "I Can See For Miles" is one 'put-together-well' song! Those guys are something else, aren't they! It was tragic to lose a good drummer to the demons in his life! But, what a great band, and a dynamite song!

    All in all, a fun, fun post! Ooh, that Giorgio! You're right..."Looky, Looky" is really a surfer's mix indicative of Beach Boys and Jan & Dean tunes! Sophie Lawrence and "Love's Unkind" is a cool song, and the video was very good. It made me think of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues"!

    Thank you for another "post from the coast"! Some old and new characters made for great entertainment! Hope you are well, Shady! We just got back into town last night with Scootie, and trying to recouperate. It was a long and grueling journey!

    Take care, dear friend! ♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      I am very happy to see you back home, dear friend. Thank you very much for coming over to take a "Looky Looky" at BIFL #7! :)

      The heat is unreal here, too. A few seconds outdoors has you melting into your clothes.

      I'm delighted to know you give props to both Stax R&B great Eddie Floyd and to Amii Stewart for their versions of "Knock On Wood." I enjoy both equally.

      I agree. There is something about the anthem "It's Raining Men" that always gets the girls up on their feet and dancing and singing along. It's infectious! Once again in this volume you get a chance to watch flamboyant backing dancers performing, this time with Geri Halliwell and with Sophie Lawrence on her Donna Summer cover, along with the Legs & Co dance troupe on TOTP.

      I'm pleased to know you remember Eddy Grant's mixed race 60s band The Equals and their 1968 hit "Baby, Come Back" which brushed the American top 30. I remember it being a biggie on the radio in Central PA at the time. I am also happy to know you dug the performance clip of The Who doing their biggest U.S. hit "I Can See For Miles." That single was huge during the early months of my college career.

      Giorgio's single is an acquired taste and, by golly, to my surprise I acquired it. It grew on me, and the Beach Boys influence certainly helped in that regard. What a lost relic that one is!

      I am so glad you made it home safely, Suzanne. I can imagine how harrowing a trip it was. I hope Scootie is in good health and in good spirits and settling back in with you to enjoy the rest of the summer.

      Thank you again, very much, for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Suzanne. I wish you a wonderful week and ask that you try to join me again this Friday when I present one of the most important posts of my blogging career! :)

  10. Hey my friend Shady! Well, I made it. It's been a whirlwind week and I was so grateful to take a breather with Vol 7 of your Bandstands in Foreign Lands series!

    And I guess I'll have to do this comment in two separate comments because apparently mine has gone over the 4096 character limit! So here's Part 1 of 2:

    Sophie Lawrence's "Love's Unkind" is being unkind to my patience right now because I can't think of the name of the song that it reminds me of. It's not the Crystals song that you mentioned. I think it's a Who song. And there's something in the lyrics that has the line "try to make a dollar" in it -- I think! That's what is driving me crazy. I've been searching lyrics sites trying to find the song. Maybe I have the lyrics wrong but I'm pretty sure it's a song by The Who. Do you know what song I'm talking about??

    Speaking of the Who, I LOVE "I Can See for Miles"! And you have found an awesome performance of the song. Top of the Pops has some really great videos available. I adore Roger Daltrey's fringe!! They were so young back then! Was that performance on the show in 1967? I liked seeing closeup shots of all the guys, especially Keith Moon.
    When I worked at WCXR in DC, The Who was coming to Washington and our station management came up with an idea and called the owners and proposed that we buy out the stadium so our station could say "WCXR Presents The Who" and then give away a bunch of tickets on air. The owners talked it over for literally a few minutes, figured out where else the Who was touring to see if they were coming to any of the other cities where they had classic rock stations (they were: Philly and some other one I can't remember) and called our General Manager back and said "It's a Go. And we're going to do it in Philadelphia and (Detroit maybe?? I can't remember) too!" How cool is that?! Was nice back in the day when the stations were owned by just two rich guys instead of a big media conglomerate (Group W bought those guys out later). It was a very big deal. Of course us sales reps invited clients and we had a nice spread of shrimp cocktail and other hors d'oeuvres for the clients... But it was kinda embarassing to us sales folks. Here we had bought out the entire stadium; our station had tickets to every seat in the house yet the ones they gave us were crappy nearing nose-bleed seats! WTF?! Oh well, at least I got to see the Who in concert...

    (comment continued in the following Comment Part 2):

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Wowie, dear friend... this is a jumbo two-part comment! Thank you very much for getting so involved with the artists and music in this post. I am thrilled!

      Regarding Sophie Lawrence's cover of the Donna Summer hit "Love's Unkind," I was surprised you thought it sounds in part like a song by The Who. I racked my brains and all I could come up with was a slight similarity to a sped up version of "Happy Jack." What do you think?

      As for The Who's performance of "I Can See For Miles" on Top Of The Pops, I looked it up and discovered that the band appeared on TOTP four times in the fall of 1967, the weeks when "Miles" was hot on the chart. They appeared on the Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Nov. 23 episodes.

      That was indeed very cool of the station owners to buy out venues where The Who were playing and give away bunches of tickets on the air. If I were in that position I would be pulling one P.T. Barnum stunt after another, because I love to host parties and love to do the unexpected and surprise and delight audiences. I'm sorry that you needed to wear a high altitude oxygen mask when you went to the stadium, and sorry the Who appeared as tiny dots far far far below. :)


  11. (Comment continued, Part 2):

    "It's Raining Men" is a fun song. Geri Halliwell did a good job with it. Obviously as it went to #1. I like the Weather Girls version as well.
    Two years ago, this very month in fact, I used the former Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell) in one of my Battle of the Bands post (she did a cover of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'").
    I did enjoy hearing Geri's version and watching the performance.

    "Knock on Wood" is a good song. I remember Amii Stewart's version but I wasn't familiar with Eddie Floyd's version so I went and gave that a listen. I like that one a lot! Thanks for pointing that one out...
    The Legs & Co group was interesting to watch. When was that performance from? Was it 1979? I'm surprised that they had those black cover-ups on their legs. I was expecting them to come off at some point during the song. You know today there wouldn't be anything covering those legs! If the performance was in 1979, I'm actually surprised they weren't uncovered then.

    I LOVE Georgio's song and especially the video that went with it! How neat to find that rare clip of Georgio, and for it to be well preservered.
    Very cool effects. I wonder if the person who put the video together was on an acid trip?! :)

    Thanks for featuring Mr "Electric Avenue"---a song that I really like and haven't heard in a while. I'm definitely in the mood for it now. I wasn't aware of his previous life with The Equals. That was interesting.

    Well, you've presented yet another steller BIFL's edition. Thanks for providing this much needed break today...
    (btw, no need to check for my Monday's Music Moves Me post as I didn't do one. Just didn't have the time. It was a cool theme too (Songs with Numbers in the Titles) so I'm going to do the post in a few weeks as one of my Freebie weeks so you'll get to see it then).

    Hope you're having a great week.
    I noticed you sent an article via email. I haven't yet had a chance to open it but I will soon. Thanks for sending it!

    talk soon,

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, again, Michele!

      I vaguely recall your band battle with Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell) doing "These Boots." I watched the video just now to refresh my memory and was pleasantly surprised how she boldly sells the song. I'm glad you enjoyed Ginger's cover of "It's Raining Men" in this volume of Biffle. Speaking of "These Boots," check out the version of the song used in the soundtrack of one of my favorite cult films, the 1991 crime drama Delusion. Start playing the trailer at the 1:10 mark:

      I checked my sources and found that Amii Stewart's single "Knock On Wood" was released in the UK in November 1978, two months earlier than in the U.S. Typically a record spends several weeks climbing the chart until it becomes a hit and therefore I suspect that dance performance by Legs & Co took place at the very end of 1978 or in the early weeks of 1979. I have no idea why the ladies were covered up for that particular choreographed dance routine. They typically wore revealing costumes.

      I think you are the first reader to congruently state that you enjoyed the song and video by Giorgio Moroder, the man responsible for writing and producing many of Donna Summer's disco hits of the late 70s, Irene Cara's "Flashdance... What a Feeling," The OST of Midnight Express and many other notable works. As I have told other people who commented, if you take Giorgio's late 60s single for what it is, a Beach Boys influenced bubblegum ditty, and give it a chance, it tends to grow on you and get struck in your head on replay. :)

      I'm delighted to know you enjoyed this early career hit recording by Eddy Grant and his band The Equals.

      Yessum, I noticed that you did not post a 4-M this week. I look forward to reading it when you can get it in print. Meanwhile, don't forget to look for my comment on your BOTB which is still awaiting moderation. :)

      Thank you again for this whale of a comment, dear friend Michele. I love to delve deeply into the music the way we do. Enjoy the rest of your week and I'll be connecting with you again soon!

    2. Hey, that movie Delusion appears to be interesting from the trailer. I didn't recognize any of the actors. I'm going to investigate more. Do you know where it might be available? Netflix? Hulu?

      I just released your comment from moderation (but I haven't had a chance to read it yet). I don't know why it does that and I hate it. There was one other as well. But I'm powerless over fixing that one so don't hold it against me.

      I'm off to bed right now. Will hopefully have some free time tomorrow to make the rounds and reply to comments posted at my battle.
      as always, thanks for your friendship!

    3. Hi again, One-L!

      Good luck finding Delusion. I have the little known film noir on VHS. The leading lady, Jennifer Rubin, appeared in other movies I like including A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Bad Dreams and The Doors. Kyle Secor played Detective Tim Bayliss on the 1990s crime drama series Homicide: Life on the Street. Probably the best known actor in the film is Jerry Orbach who played Doctor Jake Houseman, Baby's dad, in Dirty Dancing, and for years had the role of Detective Lennie Briscoe on Law & Order.

      Thanks for approving my comment for publication. Rest assured I do not hold it against you. :)

      Thank you again for your meaty comment, dear Michele, and for your ongoing friendship and support. I invite you back here this Friday when I will celebrate a major milestone in my blogging career. I hope to see you then!

  12. "It's Raining Men" is a great tune. I haven't heard it in a while. So fun! It's always interesting to see what the singers look like. Thanks for another excellent installment.

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Welcome welcome welcome, dear friend! I'm delighted that you joined me this week for another installment of my globetrotting BIFL series.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the millennial cover of "It's Raining Men" by one of the Spice Girls, Geri Halliwell. The 1982 original by The Weather Girls aka Two Tons O' Fun sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Sherry!

  13. I am back from Vancouver and The Rockies. I talked about it in Part 1 which I posted yesterday. I listened to all and I love your write ups on each. Sophie is a fun sound which i never heard before. Of course I know the Who and this song which they are lip syncing. It looks like Pete Townsend just came from the barn. Geri Halliwell is ok but I never liked that song.I love Knock On Wood and remember it well. Looky, Looky is funny, funny. Giorgio looks so uncomfortable being filmed although he gives it a good try. The Equals-what a fun song which i never heard before.

    1. Well, hello and welcome back, dear Birgit. I've been missing you!

      Yessum, there's a lot of "lip syncing" in these vids from Top Of The Pops and other Bandstands in Foreign Lands. I'd rather listen to the original studio sound knowing the artist is doing a lip sync than to have the song ruined with a weak performance or poor audio pickup. I think that is precisely why so my YouTubers are syncing remastered original sound to clips of old live performances. They simply sound much better. Therefore, what we might call "lip syncing" might in some cases actually be the work of one of today's remix artists laying remastered studio audio over weak existing live audio. In other words, the artist was not doing a lip sync after all, in some cases.

      You are the second person to suggest that Pete T. looked weird in his outfit. Kirk thinks he looked like a "housepainter."

      I'm glad you liked "Knock On Wood, "Looky Looky" and "Baby, Come Back."

      Thanks for coming, BB. I invite you to join me again tomorrow when I mark a very important milestone in my blogging career. Thank you!

  14. Tom,

    I'm not sure how I missed this post but I did and for that I'm sorry, my friend. I think my head is elsewhere these days. You'd think with scaling back to posting only once each week that I'd have it more together but I don't. *grimace face*

    Of your selections the only songs I clearly remember would be The Who "I Can See For Miles" and Giorgio "Looky, Looky".

    I think Sophie Lawrence is new-to-me but I can't swear to it. I'm gonna have to checkout more of her mewsic before I can for sure but I was surprised at how much she looks like my blogger friend, Stacy Uncorked. Do you see the resemblance?

    Oh, yeah I do recall the original "It's Raining Men". While I knew of the Spice Girls I can't say that I listened to their stuff while they were popular. I enjoyed Geri Halliwell's version and she looked super cute in her tennis shoes and short skirt. Of course, heels would've been better and would've had made her gorgeous legs look even better. What great fun it was to watch Legs & Co dance to Amii Stewart's hit, "Knock on Wood", another song I do know. Hey, it's early and I'm just now having my second cup of coffee. Sunday night, we only got three hours of sleep due to a plumbing nightmare we had to tackle. No worries about soaked floors are anything. We just had a devil of a time getting our old kitchen faucet removed. We started off just wanting to replace the washer in our washerless faucet which turned ugly. That's the problem with old plumbing parts, though. UGH! Just call me Crazy if you want. Basically I know all but your first and last song choices which isn't bad for me.

    I loved this edition of Bandstands in Foreign Lands! Have a marvelous week, my friend!


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