Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The Hot 100 Countdown #96

96 could only have been one song, but there have been many fine versions over the years... so which is my favourite?

Chris and The Swede both went for the original by ? & The Mysterians, one of the original garage bands, led by the very Jagger-esque Rudy Martinez.

Lynchie suggested a live version by Richard Thompson & David Byrne - now there's an unbeatable team-up! Suits them both very well.

C went for Big Maybelle's version - never heard that before, but it's a cracker.

Charity Chic introduced me to Eddie & The Hot Rods take on it... very good too.

Swiss Adam suggested the Primal Scream cover... pretty trippy... I always like it when the Scream go mental like this.

Nobody went for the other two versions in my record collection: Garland Jeffreys or The Inspiral Carpets, but both are worth the odd spin. (That organ solo must have been irresistible to Clint Boon!)

Once you start digging around on youtube, you can find all manner of treats, including Aretha, Iggy... even Bruce. But for me, it goes back to my first love. The version I first heard. The version I bought on 7" inch single back in 1990. Congrats to Alyson and Rigid Digit for guessing right this week.

Take it away, Hugh...

95's going to be a bit tougher to guess, I reckon. Any takers?


  1. Durango 95 by The Ramones (from 1984)

  2. Yep, gotta be the original. I do like Aretha's version though. Comes from my favorite album of hers... Aretha Arrives.

  3. Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five (played 19 times)

    New Order - Blue Monday 95

    1. More likely to get multiple Brubecks...

  4. Gosh another point for me - Didn't expect much out of this series but that's my second already. As for 95 I'm stumped, although if you speak the title of Dolly P's classic "9 to 5" it does sound awfully like 95. But no, having done some research, other than a highly questionable offering from a heavy metal band called W.A.S.P. (not even going to mention the title) I have nothing.

    1. Oh, Alyson, you might not get points for that, but you will get kudos...


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