01 October 2008
I'm starting afresh so that I can blog about music that extends beyond the confines of this blog. It has been huge fun running Mod-ified Music for the past four years (almost), and getting to know all of you. But as much as I love 60s music (and I still do, honestly), I've realised that there's so much more to explore. Hence the new blog.
29 September 2008
My latest Mod-ified Music radio show (we're now onto episode 18!!) is available for download here. Among the thrilling songs played in this episode is TypeWriter's very Joe Meek-sounding "For Your Everything", with its Beatlesque chorus. Download the song here, and visit their MySpace!
And do check out Unpopular.Radio here.
And do check out Unpopular.Radio here.
25 September 2008
I've blogged about her before, but now I've finally got her cd. Mareva Galanter makes for addictive listening!
Mareva Galanter - Les Cornichons
Mareva on wikipedia, here.
There are several Mareva clips on Youtube. This is my favourite:
19 September 2008
The Vampires were an all-girl group in the Singapore 60s music scene. According to the sleeve (paraphrased and roughly translated with assistance): this EP features Du Di Na on vocals, backed by The Vampires. Du Di Na joined The Vampires as singer 2 years prior to the release of this EP, and the group has won many fans among the young.
The Vampires - Han Yu Qu (Chilling Rain Song)
Interesting side note: the above picture was taken at Cavenagh Bridge, which is still standing in Singapore today.
06 September 2008
Because I can't read Chinese characters, when it comes to deciphering names of singers and song titles, I'm lost. Hence when picking my choice of blogging material, it's always easiest to stick to recognisable covers of pop songs, or at the very least, singers with English names. In this example, I don't know the singer's name, but this is too awesome a cover not to share! And check out that terrific sleeve art!
It Never Rains On Southern California
01 September 2008
I'm back after a long blogging hiatus. And with new music to share, as you've gathered from the recent posts (& more to come, I promise). I still love local Singapore 60s, and it's with great pleasure that I present one of my favourite buys of this year!
This is Stevie Loraine, backed by The Clansmen, comprising: Abdullah Abu (lead), Derrick Nunis (rhythm), Philip Monteiro (drums), and Raymond Lazaroo (bass). I'm guessing it was released (or purchased) in 1967, because that's scribbled in marker on my sleeve. Prior to this EP, Stevie Loraine recorded one backed by The Dukes, and you can view the sleeve here.
Stevie Loraine & The Clansmen - If You Always Say (EDIT: now a Box.net link)
Singapore 60's Pop Music Hall Of Fame is a recent blog, with lots of sleeve art and short writeups. Must-visit here!
Another single featuring The Clansmen, here.
Something special for the girl pop fans! A chirpy Dusty Springfield cover by the late Irish singer, Maisie McDaniel. I just found this vinyl yesterday, and it's a song I can't wait to share!
Maisie McDaniel - Something Special (EDIT: now a Box.net link)
Maisie McDaniel's orbituary write up, here.
30 August 2008
A recent quirky local 60s find. This EP is best described on its sleeve as 4 "Country and Western numbers with the a-go-go beat". Says the sleeve:
"Rocky Wong, the 'Singapore Hill Billy Singer', also nicknamed as the 'Cowboy from Pasir Panjang Hills', and whose style of singing resembles that of Slim Whitman, is no stranger to the music scene. Rock had competed in the "All Malaya Amateur Talentime Competition" during the 1950s and had since then appeared in many variety shows, nite clubs, the British Forces, Radio and Television."
Rocky Wong & The Dick Day Group - I Remember You (EDIT: now a Box.net link)
16 August 2008
Eux Autres is a brother-sister duo, Nicholas and Heather Larimer, from Portland. If you're a fan of happy cheery 60's-inspired pop tunes in the vein of Saturday Looks Good To Me, you won't be disappointed. Their second full-length album, Cold City, was released in 2007. I just got my copy last week (ordered it from Darla.com!) and I'm excited about sharing this wonderful find!
Eux Autres - The Deadball Era (Megaupload link)
Eux Autres' official site, here.
Allmusic's review of Cold City, here.
Nicholas Larimer directed and animated this pretty video for 'Anne Boleyn':
Dusty Springfield called Baby Washington her all-time favourite singer. With her powerful, moving and soulful voice, it's easy to see why. Baby Washington sang first in a vocal group, The Hearts, before branching out as a solo singer in 1956.
Baby Washington - Hey Lonely (Megaupload link)
Baby Washington on Wiki, here.
Baby Washington's Sue Singles, at Amazon, here.