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ESTHER AND ABI OFARIM – “Cinderella Rockefeller”

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#245, 2nd March 1968

Esther - or Abi?I find this song absolutely infuriating, but from a safe distance I can see that it gets the unselfconscious tweeness of love spot on – baby talk, fond banter, silly nicknames and all. That’s admirable, and the Ofarims are good comic actors too (“I love your face” / “It’s in the right place” for instance) but combine the goo-goo talk – however satirical – with the wheezing old-timey backing track and you have a fairly toxic listening experience.

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  1. 26
    Mark G on 10 Sep 2008 #

    top moment: When Abi sings “razzamatazz” with the jazz hands inflection in his voice, to which Esther repeats the line like she has no idea what it means..

  2. 27
    DJ Punctum on 10 Sep 2008 #

    Seems to me that parents are still buying or downloading singles; how else could the Script, Noah and the Whale etc. be having such big hits?

  3. 28
    rosie on 10 Sep 2008 #

    I should imagine that a fair proportion of those keeping Popular afloat are parents.

  4. 29
    mike on 10 Sep 2008 #

    I think that the demographic of the singles charts widened again once download sales were introduced. Mums and Dads might not buy physical singles, but they’ll happily pay for single-track downloads – and the evidence has been all over the charts for the past three years or so.

  5. 30
    Tom on 10 Sep 2008 #

    #28: I can confirm that 100% of those keeping Popular afloat are parents!

  6. 31
    wichita lineman on 10 Sep 2008 #

    Re 26: with such intensity, too! As a kid I used to think this had something to do with Laurel And Hardy. I suppose it has a touch of Lonesome Pine to it, but it really is bloody awful. Luckily for the yodelling fans who bought this, the Slim Whitman revival was just around the corner.

    Re 30: not me mister, I’m young free and single. Well, free and single. Ok, single.

  7. 32
    DJ Punctum on 10 Sep 2008 #

    I’m not a parent either! Not yet, anyway…

  8. 33
    Mark G on 10 Sep 2008 #

    I’m a parent! Twice over!

    But am I keeping Popular afloat? Guess not.

  9. 34
    wichita lineman on 10 Sep 2008 #

    Well, you’re posting pretty darn regularly about entries as arcane as this one, and I’m guessing that’s what Tom meant. If ‘keeping afloat’ involves computer knowledge or stumping up wedge, guess you can count me out too.

  10. 35
    Erithian on 10 Sep 2008 #

    I think he just means the skipper!

  11. 36
    Tom on 10 Sep 2008 #

    Sorry, yes, I was taking “keeping afloat” to mean running the site! Obviously without the rest of you the good ship Popular would be a sad, Marie Celeste like affair, condemned to steer amidst the reefs of Louis Walsh boybands on a never ending ghost voyage.

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    vinylscot on 16 Sep 2008 #

    Tonight I have had the misfortune to stumble upon a copy of the follow-up to this “Just One More Dance”. I had only a vague memory of it, and in an act of (stupid) bravado, decided to give it a listen. It is unremittingly awful.

    In its defence, I think it’s meant to be bad; neither of the singers sound like they could hold a sandwich, far less a note, and the diction throughout is awful. How on earth it got to #19 is beyond me.

    I must get rid of it as soon as possible.

    If you’re feeling brave, it’s on youtube, complete with lyrics, at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=yjkaicSJclE

  13. 38
    vinylscot on 17 Sep 2008 #

    It’s worse than that. It made #13. Sorry for earlier error.

  14. 39
    DJ Punctum on 18 Sep 2008 #

    …Jim.

  15. 40
    Matthew on 16 Jan 2009 #

    I like this one too! I can’t believe you’re so down on it, I thought it was established that you were into yodelling back in Popular’s Frank Ifield era.

    I have vowed to stop banging my Beatles drum, but even so, it offends my sense of fair play that stuff like Yellow Submarine and All You Need Is Love is allegedly for the ages, but Cinderella Rockefeller is some kind of near-unlistenable novelty record.

    The Ofarims’ follow-up is completely worthless but this, yeah, I really do like it. Sweeps me straight back to a more innocent, summer-of-loving world.

  16. 41
    lol on 16 May 2009 #

    fuck off everyone

  17. 42
    Tooncgull on 22 Oct 2009 #

    I have wierdly very strong memories of this song, although in March 68 I was 4 and a half years old. I remember being quite morbidly fascinated even at that age by the strangeness of the song. It seemed to seep into my world at about the same time as I went to the cinema to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and have forever linked the two in my mind – the childcatcher and the “Cruella De Ville” strangeness of the vocals seemed to infuse my interpretation of the song itself….
    And then I promptly managed to erase all this from my frontal lobes until today – when I stumbled upon this… you cruel people!!!

  18. 43
    Waldo on 6 Nov 2009 #

    “Just One More Dance”, a song about a grasping adulterous shrew of a wife waiting for her sugar daddy to leave a gap between bat and pad, is probably not in Harriet Harman’s record collection. It certainly isn’t in mine. Nor in fact is CR, a novelty record to be sure but for me a much cleverer one than most people are saying here. It is an odd little old-timey love song arranged to a rock and roll melody. There is plenty of melodrama from Esther, whilst Abi blandy delivers his lines seemingly in the guise of a radio continuity announcer. I think that the record is quite amusing and find it puzzling that it appears to be annoying many of you.

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    Lord_Kitchener on 23 Mar 2010 #

    I have never heard this one either and I’m 47. I saw it on some website of UK No. 1’s or something.So I downloaded it. I don’t think it’s all that bad. Then again I listen to a lot of different type stuff.

  20. 45
    crag on 14 Apr 2011 #

    DESERT ISLAND DISCS WATCH:

    Ellen Pollock, actress (1970)

    Phil Drabble, naturalist(1977).

  21. 46
    JLucas on 23 Sep 2013 #

    A few belated notes

    Abi Ofarim had nothing to do with his wife’s Eurovision success as far as I know, it was very much a solo effort.

    They were sort of an Israeli Sonny & Cher, with her going on to far more considerable musical success after they split in 1970 than he did.

    Despite the inherent naffness of this record, she has a beautiful voice and recorded what many people consider to be the definitive version of the BeeGees lovely composition ‘Morning Of My Life’,

    http://youtu.be/PdvBRwYxkoA

  22. 47
    wichita lineman on 24 Sep 2013 #

    Esther also appeared as a guest on Scott Walker’s rather underrated Til The Band Comes In, singing Long About Now. It’s very lovely.

  23. 48
    Mark G on 24 Sep 2013 #

    Flicking through the comments, for some reason I thought #1 was mine. But as it is not, I shall enlarge: E&AOff were one of those ‘acts’ that I got tortured with, specifically the album “That’s my song” by Esther Ofarim and Abraham (as it was then), my parents’d play that and I’d yearn for the “Help” album instead. So, when this single became a hit, I enjoyed it in excess of reality because it was a bit funny. We bought this anyway.

    Also, it was a sort of “double-single” as inside the sleeve was my own rendition of “I can sing a rainbow” on the exclusive bespoke pressing label “Calibre”. But the single went a wandering for twenty years, until some aunty of some uncle of ours eventually returned it to us.

    http://www.45cat.com/record/nc167734uk is what they looked like.

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    lonepilgrim on 22 May 2016 #

    like most/many/some kids I found the adult world bewildering at times and when I heard this at the time I was not pleased that when I grew up I might be expected to engage in the type of simpering nonsense indulged in the song.

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