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MUNGO JERRY – “Baby Jump”

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#297, 6th March 1971


MUNGO JERRY – “Baby Jump”Mungo Jerry’s shot at the mutant blues suffers from its proximity to Hendrix on the one side and T Rex on the other. Those sci-fi and glitter visions make “Baby Jump” sound like a smirk, not a strut, a cartoon growl that’s too broad to be funny (despite its clever-clogs lyrics). The band try hard to sound like wild men – but only the piano man, making his instrument into a toy laser pistol, manages it. Worst mistake though is the horribly unnecessary false ending, a perfect case study in how to kill a song’s energy and make it outstay its welcome. .




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    AndyPandy on 28 Feb 2012 #

    Re Jackie Lee and ‘White Horses’ (voted best children’s telly theme of alltime somewhere)- she’s great she used to take loads of time (may still do)saying thanks to all the people on YouTube who praised the song and invariably (the vast majority who seemed to be born between about 1960 and 1970)mentioned it as being part of their earliest memories. Personally it’s always been one of my favourite tunes and remember it from as far back as when we lived in our first house when I would have been 3 (when it started) and 4 (when we moved) so it was great when she replied to my comment.

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    Billy Smart on 28 Feb 2012 #

    “There’s a little bear/ Like you’ve never seen before/ Who’s a lot of fun”…

    Infant chronology is an inexact science, but I’m pretty sure that ‘Rupert’ is the earliest song that I can remember. Until recently, I hadn’t heard it for about 35 years, but it still sounds *really* good – enchanting and magical, and without any of the frequent flaws of children’s music, not creepy nor cutesy nor arch.

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    Jimmy the Swede on 28 Feb 2012 #

    51 – The same group you speak of (in which I myself slot in at pretty much the top) would no doubt be equally nostalgic about mice in windmills, unicorns playing silly games and Terry Scott’s brother. An age of innocence to be sure. And then there was “Robinson Crusoe” and that wonderful score.

    Happy Days indeed!

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    Lena on 7 Jun 2012 #

    Life’s small victories: http://musicsoundsbetterwithtwo.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/i-am-woman-paul-mccartney-another-day.html Thanks for reading, everyone!

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    wichita lineman on 21 Jun 2012 #

    Can I nominate the American Baby Jump? Looking through a list of the US 1975 no.1s just now I found one I’d never heard of, let alone heard – Black Water by the Doobie Brothers. Gave it a listen on Spotify…. nope. Never, ever heard it. I won’t spoil it by telling you what it sounds like. OK, I will. Lyrically, a Creedence tribute to the south; musically, quite contemporary sounding, with a plaid shirt Americana feel (there’s a fiddle, for a start). But it’s no What A Fool Believes.

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    punctum on 21 Jun 2012 #

    Much played by Johnnie Walker and others on Radio 1 at the time and a certified American(a) classique, is “Black Water.”

    You never hear “Bad Blood” anywhere though, if we’re talking US ’75 number ones.

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    Jimmy the Swede on 21 Jun 2012 #

    I’m totally amazed that Lineman has never heard “Black Water” before. It’s true that it never charted here but it was, as Punctum notes, not without its champions over here, including notably and predictably Swede’s great hero Johnnie W. I say predictably because “Black Water” quite frankly is sublime. I have already juxtaposed it being top in the US with “If” by Telly Savalas, which was top here at the same time. I wouldn’t hesitate in suggesting that “Black Water” by the Dobbie Brothers is not just a good but a brilliant record. The a-cappella exit is breathtaking.

    Neil S engaged Mr Dwight to do the backing on “Bad Blood”, of course.

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    punctum on 22 Jun 2012 #

    Still in ’75, I don’t recall ever having heard “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You),” a US #1 for Tony Orlando and Dawn. But then we didn’t get their Donny and Marie-style TV variety show.

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    Mark G on 22 Jun 2012 #

    If it wasn’t for Radio Luxembourg doing the American Chart rundown back then, I’d have not heard a whole bunch of those US only hits.

    This’d be from around 1973, as I remember “Right Place, Wrong Time” and “Such a Night” Dr John. Having said all that, I can’t place the two songs mentioned, but no doubt I’d be “Oh, that” if I tracked them down..

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    punctum on 22 Jun 2012 #

    I’ve got a Rhino Dr John best of that has both these tracks on it.

    Ah, the Fab 208 US countdown with Bob “It’s A Good One, Gang” Stewart from that noble American city of Liverpool. “Americans” by Byron McGregor, anyone?

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    Jimmy the Swede on 22 Jun 2012 #

    Johnnie Walker, of course, used to play the current US number one at 1pm every Friday. This was the first time I heard “Sad Eyes” by Robert John (1979). John also wrote it but was clearly influenced by the Bee Gees. The record was played to death here but still flopped big style. I never understood why.

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    wichita lineman on 22 Jun 2012 #

    Wow, I’d never have guessed Black Water was so well known. I’ll probably hear it everywhere I go now.

    Punctum, I heard Dawn’s He Don’t Love You for the first time a while back – it was disappointing re-titled cover of Jerry Butler’s He Will Break Your Heart. Good for Curtis Mayfield’s bank balance if nothing else.

    Swede – Sad Eyes is a great song isn’t it? Robert John’s an odd one, like the next generation’s Lou Christie. He had a minor UK hit in ’68 with If You Don’t Want My Love, how to describe… kind of soft-rock two-step with doo wop influences.

    Don’t think I’ve ever heard Neil Sedaka’s Bad Blood, ever.

    Anyone recall Maureen McGovern’s The Morning After? Not me!

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    Mark G on 22 Jun 2012 #

    The local radio station used to get rid of multiples via phone-ins, I might have got that one.

    Bad Blood, yeah sure you have its call/response stuff.

    And funny about Bob Stewart, when I got to hear Tony Prince’s real accent on some documentary well after the event, that was shocking…

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    Snif on 23 Jun 2012 #

    The Morning After – featured in Irwin Allen’s beginning-of-the-disaster-movie-series “The Poseidon Adventure” (lip synched by Carol Lynley) which she followed up with “We May Never Love Like This Again” from the equally disastrous “The Towering Inferno.”

    Funny thing about Black Water is that I used to love the acappella bit at the end, then got fed up with it and preferred the fiddle-driven business at the start.

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    Mark G on 27 Jan 2016 #

    Baby Jump! Congrats to Wichita and co..

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