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BRIAN POOLE AND THE TREMELOES – “Do You Love Me?”

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#158, 12th October 1963

“Do you love me – now that I can dance?” The way the band ask the question, you feel the answer had better be yes.

Two-and-a-half sore throat minutes of hollering, pounding and screaming, this is unadulterated club music. A desultory hook, a crude grab at the hips, that’s all and that’s enough.

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    Lena on 16 Feb 2007 #

    I can only guess at what this sounds like, and how The Contours did it first and best…

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    Marcello Carlin on 16 Feb 2007 #

    The way Poole enunciates “I can really shake ’em down” at the beginning is so hopelessly Ealing Studios British that it deflates the rest of the record. They also had the UK hit with “Twist And Shout” since the Beatles didn’t release their version as a single (though it was the lead track of one of the EPs).

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    Tom on 16 Feb 2007 #

    Blimey what a desultory review!

    It’s not as good as the Contours but it’s probably only a mark or two off. I like ‘Ealing Studios British’ sometimes – brings to mind that rather sweet archive footage of teens frugging on ToTP. But I think this has a bit more balls than that implies.

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    Marcello Carlin on 16 Feb 2007 #

    I think there is something quite noble about Poole going back to his old job as butcher after the hits dried up.

    I remember him on ITV’s Whose Baby? gameshow in the early ’70s with both of Alisha’s Attic!

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    Lena on 16 Feb 2007 #

    By Ealing Studios do you mean he sounds like Peter Sellers? Because then it would be kind of cute. Mashed Potato and the Twist in a bowler hat!

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    Marcello Carlin on 17 Feb 2007 #

    :-)))))))

    I was thinking more of young Dirk Bogarde in The Blue Lamp when he blurts out “You’ll never catch me copper!” and sundry other Anglo-Saxonisms… ;-)

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    Alan not logged in on 12 Feb 2010 #

    This is (currently) Tom’s highest scored track in the reader’s bottom 100

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    Lena on 24 Jun 2011 #

    Girl group apocalypse behind this at number two – http://musicsoundsbetterwithtwo.blogspot.com/2011/06/apexes-real-and-imagined-crystals-then-html – thanks as ever for reading!

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    lonepilgrim on 28 Jan 2015 #

    it’s a good job that this is a great song, competently played because the lead vocal sounds like drunken uncle karaoke – not without its charms but a little wearing

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    katstevens on 30 Jan 2015 #

    Just saw a clip of Brian and the Trems on BBC4’s Sounds of the Sixties, doing an extraordinary number called ‘Do The Uncle Willy’. On Blue Peter. Gloriously naughty.

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    Mark G on 31 Jan 2015 #

    I was playing an old mixtape and realised two tracks had oblique references to this :

    Lou Reed’s “I love you Suzanne” has the intro the same but beatier, and Jowe Head has the “Watch me now” in “Cake Shop Girl”

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    Holl on 14 Jul 2017 #

    I first heard this via Rik Mayall’s Comic Relief version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3NiKO8hYBk

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