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#219, 23rd July 1966

Hepper, but less charming rerun of “Summer Holiday” with the intrusive horn arrangement acting as your hustling tour guide and stamping out any moments of excitement. By the coda Georgie Fame sounds awfully bored. Gotta go. Get away. Go. Go. Yeah.



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    Marcello on 19 Oct 2005 #

    The horns (the same horns which reappeared 18 years later on Aswad’s Live And Direct!) actually make the song with their octave-leaping riffs like a tyre desperately trying to warn you of its imminent burst. The song was written for a petrol TV commercial (National IIRC) and the second of the most atypical career trajectory of any serial chart topper – the Jools Holland of his day never had any top ten hits except for the three which went all the way to the top, and none of which betrayed the ska/jazz/R&B/proto-psych lite fusion which Fame was wont to achieve onstage.

    Oddly enough, the drummer on this record was relieved of his Blue Flames duties shortly afterwards for general twattish behaviour – one Mitch Mitchell…

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    Anonymous on 19 Oct 2005 #

    Doctor Mod says,

    Ah, yes–but this is hardly the worst Georgie Fame track to hit the top of the UK charts.

    It’s coming . . . and it makes this one look really good by comparison.

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    Tom on 19 Oct 2005 #

    I really can’t stand the octave jumps, I like your tyre metaphor a lot but “whoopee cushion” is what sprang to my mind.

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    Tommy Mack on 20 Oct 2005 #

    A lot of sixties bands were like that, weren’t they? They’d do bubblegum records to pay the rent, then get down and dirty with the devil’s music (clunky beat-group blues covers with long organ solos) on the sweaty club circuit

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    Marcello on 21 Oct 2005 #

    Yeah, we’ve still got Long John Baldry and Love Affair coming up to deal with in that department.

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    Anonymous on 24 Oct 2005 #

    Doctor Mod said,

    This didn’t make much of an impression on the other side of the Atlantic. I don’t think I’ve actually heard it again since those very few times it was played on the radio in the summer (or so I think it was) in 1966.

    Indeed, the thing that I most clearly was that strange octave jump that the horns did…..

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    Lena on 2 Dec 2005 #

    Hi Tom,

    I just wanted to wish you a Happy Christmas – I totally understand if you don’t have time to post here, though I wish you would, as there are some pretty awesome songs coming up!

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    johnk5@o2.pl on 9 Dec 2005 #

    Noce blog. johnk5@o2.pl

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    Waldo on 3 Mar 2007 #

    I don’t know how he got away with this.

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    raymond morris on 11 Apr 2007 #

    Well… what a lot of BS! Georgie Fame was one of the best…and still is.

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    Billy Smart on 4 Dec 2011 #

    TOTPWatch: Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames performed Get Away on Top Of The Pops on four occasions;

    23 June 1966. Also in the studio that week were; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch, Petula Clark and The Kinks. Jimmy Savile was the host.

    7 July 1966. Also in the studio that week were; Chris Farlowe, Los Bravos, Petula Clark, The Kinks and The Shadows. David Jacobs was the host.

    21 July 1966. Also in the studio that week were; Dave Berry, The Troggs, The Walker Brothers and Twice As Much. Jimmy Savile was the host.

    27 December 1966. Also in the studio that holiday were; Chris Farlowe and The Small Faces. Alan Freeman and Simon Dee were the hosts.

    None of these editions survive.

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    lonepilgrim on 6 Sep 2015 #

    I like this for its syncopated energy and lightness of tone. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and would be great to dance to.

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    Gareth Parker on 27 May 2021 #

    I would be in the favourable camp for this. Love a bit of Georgie myself. 7/10.

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