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DEAN MARTIN – “Memories Are Made Of This”

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#42, 17th February 1956

The Rat Pack glorification of hard-drinkin’ Dino means that even conformist outings like this get compiled and recycled repeatedly as totems of a seedy glamour. If you knew nothing about Dean Martin the man, though, you’d hear this for what it is: pinpoint pop craftsmanship applied to cloying sentiment. The tune sticks in your head immediately and the arrangement is distinctive – those murmuring backing vocals giving an almost doo-wop feel to the recording. Martin’s on professional form, and it’s only when you listen closely that you realise what a smarmy song this snapshot of happy home-making is.

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    Billy Smart on 23 Mar 2009 #

    Light entertainment watch: Dean Martin was too big a star to need bothering with British television appearances. I’m assuming that this programme is some sort of gala in his honour;

    THIS IS YOUR LUNCH: Dean Martin (1983)

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    Victoria on 7 Feb 2010 #

    It’s really noticeable how as 1955 becomes 1956 I’m finding a lot more tunes I already know. The very early chart toppers were completely alien to me but Rock Around The Clock(of course), Sixteen Tons and now this seem much more a part of my pop landscape. Personally I’ve always prefered Dean to old Frank and I rather enjoy the smarmy swagger of this.

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    wichita lineman on 8 Feb 2010 #

    I’ve always found the lyric quite touching in its block simplicity: “Some grief, some joy”. It’s a bit James Stewart, if a bit too straight for Frank Capra. The bv’s make it, and were purloined for Frankie Laine’s great Love Is A Golden Ring later in the year.

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    Dispela Pusi on 27 Dec 2010 #

    Never been able to take this song seriously since Birds Eye used it in a cartoon commercial for frozen peas c1967 (when, coincidentally, Val Doonican had a minor hit with his version).

    Premise of the ad is that only the smallest, tastiest peas get through the filter to the Birds Eye pack. A huge pea nicknamed Cannonball keeps gamely trying to make the cut, at one point humming “Sweet sweet, the tastiest pea am I” …. Those words have stuck in my head ever since.

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    Eli on 19 Jan 2011 #

    wichita, were you aware that the Easy Riders are the bv’s on both records?! They also co-wrote both songs.

    As for Dino’s smarminess, he did once state a preference for something a bit saucier than the lyrics of this song…

    It’s pleasant enough, and unlike Sinatra, at least he had a UK #1 with his real ‘signature’ song.

    Petula Clark’s ‘rival’ cover version is more my cup of tea, anyhow.

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    crag on 13 Apr 2011 #

    DESERT ISLAND DISC WATCH (Up to 11/04/11)

    Marquess of Bath, owner of Longleat(1975)

    Philip Pullman, writer(2002)

    Terrence Stamp, actor (2006)

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    Jimmy the Swede on 2 Nov 2012 #

    My Uncle Rowland once went diving with Dean Martin off the Florida Keys and got attacked by an eel.
    “What the fuck was that?” Rowland screamed.
    Dino turned.
    “That’s a moray,” he said.

    Prestatyn.

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    wichitalineman on 29 Aug 2014 #

    A secret no.1 (Record Mirror chart) tucked behind this – Zambezi by Lou Busch, which is all kinds of fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1swNOLoOhwc

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    punctum on 29 Aug 2014 #

    As written about here. Has nobody else kept their pale green copy of Tony Jasper and Peter Jones’ 20 Years Of British Singles Charts: 1955-1975?

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    Erithian on 29 Aug 2014 #

    Still got mine MC!

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    punctum on 29 Aug 2014 #

    Hurrah! Actually I just checked and it’s called 20 Years Of British Record Charts so there you go.

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