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THE FOUNDATIONS – “Baby Now That I’ve Found You”

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#239, 11th November 1967

THE FOUNDATIONS – “Baby Now That I’ve Found You”Few acts have got poorer from doing Motown knock-offs – at least since Motown themselves stopped doing stomp-stomp-clap (which would be round about now). The stomp here much outweighs the clap, and the big chugging riff just ups the stomp even more, to the point where the whimsical listener can hear glam future as well as soul past.

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    koganbot on 12 Jul 2006 #

    What happened to all the people who used to comment on Popular?

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    Alan on 12 Jul 2006 #

    I do hope the new format hasn’t turned ppl away :-(

    is the commenting process off putting / much different?

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    Tom on 13 Jul 2006 #

    I don’t think it is – you have to fill in maybe two more fields.

    The entries are getting plenty of hits, too. So where is everyone? Maybe it’s just that this is quite a boring run of hits.

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    hipster on 15 Jul 2006 #

    This song – although I love it – is allllllways overdone at karaoke bars here in the US and yet you don’t hear nearly so much Motown. Kinda sad…

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    Chris Brown on 21 Jul 2006 #

    This clearly isn’t the best chart-topper of 1967, but I think it might be the least pretentios. And you sort of have to admire that.

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    Alan Trewartha on 21 Jul 2006 #

    less pretentious than “Puppet On A String”? good god man

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    Chris Brown on 23 Jul 2006 #

    Well, I did say “might be”!

    But actually, after a bit of thought, I still sort of think so. I can’t completely explain why, but ‘Puppet On A String” is inane, which isn’t quite the same thing as unpretentious.

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    rosie on 27 Jul 2006 #

    I just got lost for a while, that’s all. Moving Oop North (back to my roots), upgrading my operation system, bumming around on the beach, that sort of thing.

    But I’m back now that I’ve found my way in here. Presumably safe from the spammers, for a while?

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    Doctor Mod on 3 Aug 2006 #

    “Puppet on a String” is inane but it doesn’t claim to be otherwise. It is inanity for inanity’s sake. Hence it is not pretentious. That bloody San Francisco song strikes a pose of love, truth, and freedom and all that–but it’s just about cashing in on a trend. Now that’s pretentious–and the song is inane to boot.

    “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” is a case of what you see (or at least hear) is what you get. No pretence, and if it is inane it is not cloying so.

    And, hey, it’s got a great beat and you can dance to it–which is more than can be said for most of the number ones from around this time.

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    Lena on 5 Nov 2006 #

    Some things are great because they are simple, but something tells me this song is more complex (musically) than I can explain.

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    Waldo on 9 Nov 2009 #

    Great record, as was “Build Me Up Buttercup”, a title which today would probably have John Barrowman all a-quiver. The Foundations were a little gang of multi-racial lads who met up together in London coffee bars, and whilst BNTIFY was initially a flop, its re-release saw it storm to the top. I have been a bit puzzled as to why it should be considered simple. I don’t think it is. For me, it is a stonking good pop number from a group who were clearly out for a bit of fun and (ahem!) found it.

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    rw on 2 Feb 2010 #

    I didn’t realize what a good song this is until I heard the amazingly moving version by Alison Krauss; the Foundations did a good job of hiding its excellence.

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    RDMcNamara on 1 Apr 2011 #

    John The Postman would have been proud of the first five seconds of this…

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    mapman132 on 16 Feb 2014 #

    One of the joys of playing through the list of old UK and US hits is the occasional moment of an unfamiliar song title morphing into familiar recognition (the “oh yeah, THAT song” moment). This was one of those for me. In fact it’s familiar enough it’s hard to believe this was only an #11 hit in the US. I also would’ve never guessed they were British, although the Motown-but-not-quite sound should’ve been a giveaway. I quite like it.

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    lonepilgrim on 18 Apr 2016 #

    it’s definitely a stomper – it runs out of ideas lyrically and then repeats but there is a ramshackle enthusiasm to both vocals and instrumentation that carries it forward.

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    Lazarus on 27 Mar 2017 #

    And today we bid adieu to lead singer Clem Curtis …

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-39410011

    Not that this site needs to become the music version of deathlist.net or anything, but it would be nice to have a new update sometime – there’s an absolute cracker waiting in the wings, after all .

    And #12 – yes I remember the Alison Krauss version that was played a bit on Radio 2 at the time … Jimmy Young played it, and said afterwards “a nice version – with one very annoying flat note!” (she sings a semi-tone down at one point)

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    Jimmy the Swede on 28 Mar 2017 #

    Yes, goodbye and thanks to Clem Curtis. I actually thought that he sang on “Buttercup” too. Seems I was wrong. RIP.

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