Tuesday Tunes 42: Move

Five years ago a new word was made up and has since become a regular feature in the language here. You may have heard of this word: Brexit. Don’t worry – after my trip into politics last week I’m not about to do it again: there is a huge temptation to have a rant, but I’ll try not to succumb. The reason for mentioning it is that it has provided me with the theme word for this week’s tunes – at last, I hear you say, something good has come out of Brexit! It is at least as tangible as any of the other ‘benefits’ we were promised, but which have yet to materialise. (Editorial note: they won’t, it’s a shitshow). We have now officially been out of the transition period of our departure from the EU for a month, and most of the news coverage – apart from the War of the Vaccines – has been about extortionate duty charges being imposed on goods being bought from EU countries and of the frightening levels of bureaucracy and paperwork being faced by businesses involved in import/export with EU members. The Observer ran a story a few days ago about some of these businesses, which included this:

Yes, you read it right. This may not be official Government policy: it may be, though, as we can never be sure with this lot, who make it up as they go along. However, this is advice being given by Government departments, whose role is to advise and help businesses negotiate their way in the brave new post-Brexit world. If your business involves exporting, the best way to do it is, in effect, to move back and rejoin the EU on a company by company basis. They promised us ‘sunlit uplands,’ but didn’t mention the slippery slopes needed to get there, if it is even possible. So I’m taking my lead from the Government’s advice this week in choosing my theme word, which is: move.

Of course, the tunes won’t be about Government advice, and may well contain an element or two of ‘good-bye’ sentiments to departing lovers, but I can’t think of a better place to begin move songs than this one:

I recall hearing this so much on the radio when I was growing up. My Mum liked Ray Charles, so it is quite possible that she would have had this record, though I can’t be sure. It was released as a single in June 1961, and was a #1 hit in the US and #6 here in the UK. That video is a little bit grainy, but its authenticity is what attracted me. It’s a good message to reflect the Government’s advice, I think.

The newspaper clip I showed you earlier made reference to some companies’ uncertainty about whether or not to follow the Government’s advice. It put this into my mind:

I apologise for the static video, but the two other choices I could find didn’t really appeal to me. There is an ‘official’ band video, which features a live performance – but in solidarity with my old schoolmate, it was recorded after he had been thrown out of the Clash for his drug habits, and as he was on this original recording that didn’t feel right to me. The other video was from the tv series Stranger Things, using this song as backing. When it reached the point at which there were bodies on the floor surrounded by blood and machine guns I decided it might be a little OTT for my blog! This song was released in 1982 on the Clash’s fifth album, Combat Rock, which reached #2 here and #7 in the US. It was the third single taken from the album, peaking at #17 here and at #45 in the US. It was re-released in 1991 to tie in with it being used in an advert for Levi jeans: it didn’t chart in the US this time, but became the band’s only UK #1, and was a top ten hit in a further 16 countries.

I chose this next one as it seemed to fit the theme of uncertainty about where the road is taking us:

“Everybody gets high, everybody gets low
These are the days when anything goes”

Indeed! High, low, befuddled – it’s the new normal! This was a track on Sheryl Crow’s second album, released in 1996 and rather imaginatively titled Sheryl Crow. The album reached #5 here and #6 in the US, as well as making the top twenty in eight other countries. This song was the second single taken from the album, and peaked at #11 in the US and #12 here in the UK. I love this video – it feels so joyful.

Speaking of being on the road:

When that was first released, in 1968, it introduced me to the concept of blues rock: it was a little different from the usual chart fodder of the time. It was on Canned Heat’s second album, Boogie With  Canned Heat, which reached #16 in the US but did better here, where it peaked at #5. It closely matched that performance as a single, too, reaching #16 in the US and #8 here. In case you’re unaware of who the idiot DJ is at the beginning, he isn’t an extra from Planet Of The Apes, but is actually Dave Lee Travis, who was one of the 60s DJs who later came to the attention of Operation Yewtree for a variety of alleged sex offences. He was eventually found guilty on just one of many counts, but had a suspended prison sentence imposed on him as a result. Not the BBC’s proudest era!

For a song about moving around, but without really having any idea where you might be going, this classic is spot on:

I’d guess a good many exporters are feeling like this at present:

“How does it feel, ah how does it feel?
To be on your own, with no direction home
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone”

The ideal metaphor for post-Brexit Britain? I’ll let you decide…

In case you’re wondering, this was the opening track on Bob Dylan’s sixth studio album, Highway 61 Revisited, which was released in August 1965 and peaked at #3 in the US and #4 here. It was also released as a single, in July 1965, to promote the forthcoming album, reaching #2 in the US and #4 here.

I couldn’t resist one final song for this week’s theme. It’s a breakup song, but I would imagine that many are feeling this way, even though they were the idiots who believed the lies and voted for Brexit in the first place:

That was on Green Day’s fifth album, Nimrod, released in 1997. The album reached #10 in the US and #11 here in the UK. This was the second track from the album to be released as a single, and also peaked at #11 here. It was also #11 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart in the US. The opening lines could have been taken from a Government leaflet on moving your business after Brexit:

“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road

Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go

So make the best of this test and don’t ask why

It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time”

I think we have all learned some lessons, though some of us won’t be able to move!

That’s your lot for this week. Every day seems to be a winding road of news stories about the incompetence of our government, so it is more than possible that they will have provided me with another theme by next week. Do come back to see what it might be!

As always, I wish you well and trust that you will stay safe. Take care.

46 thoughts on “Tuesday Tunes 42: Move

  1. The only one that I’m familiar with right offhand is the first one, “Hit the Road, Jack”, and I absolutely love that one! I’ve played it on my own blog at least twice over the years. As re Brexit, since I have friends on both sides of that issue, I shall remain silent.

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    • At least I got off to a good start!

      I recognise that many don’t share my view on Brexit, and respect their right to that. It has been an incredibly divisive issue here and will continue to be. You’re wise to stay out of it!

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      • You surely did, and if I hadn’t been in a time crunch (as usual), and had been able to listen to them all, I probably would have recognized a few others.

        Sigh. You guys had Brexit and we had Trump. Both are products of the same circumstances, the populist movement fueled by the Arab Spring, which created the refugee crisis. And, if you want to drill down even deeper, the roots lie in climate change and the ever-decreasing supply of viable land and potable water. Uh-oh … I’ve inadvertently stepped up on my soapbox again. Sorry. Stepping down now.


    • Hi Yvette, glad you enjoyed them. Canned Heat were a little different from the mainstream when they began, and I thought they were great.

      I feel I should point out that my views on Brexit aren’t objective…

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      • Thank you, but I’d be amazed if my view helped anyone! It’s a very divisive topic here, as you can probably imagine, but at least we haven’t had armed mobs assailing Parliament. Yet…

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      • oh my goodness i am
        embarrassed by so many things that have happened here in our country and glad we are not

        and i did find an old photo that almost made it into today’s post – your comment reminded me of it – i will link you when i post it

        and even if very subjective – i know you know this – but sometimes that helps people because discussion and venting or just hearing a view keeps us a connected as humans
        so i think much value in ways we cannot or will
        not always see.

        and i remember where i was when i first about brexit –
        i was blogging at the time and sherri matthews shared her surprise with the news /

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      • There are a few things we can’t be proud of either, not least of which is our treatment of people who have lived here for decades and are being told they can’t stay – and that was before Brexit.

        Looking forward to that photo and the link 😊

        You’re right, of course. Reading someone else’s view can help us think whether we agree or not, and what our reasons might be for that. That discourse is an important part of blogging for me, and I love seeing what interests people from other parts of the world.

        I know where I was too: in front of my tv watching the breakfast news. The tv survived, thankfully, as I didn’t want to throw my cereal at it…

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      • glad your TV survived
        and crazy how in one way that feels long ago and in other ways feels not too long again!
        and speaking of that time passing vibe
        is it really february already?

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      • A lot of things feel like that! The referendum was in June 2016 but I’m not sure when – or by whom – the word was first used. They have much to be deemed guilty of! I have one of those flip over calendars – a present from my daughter, with a photo each month of my granddaughter – and it felt very strange to be turning the page over already.

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  2. I think you nailed the songs to match your theme. I’m familiar with them all for a change. I even owned a Clash album, but it never grew on me the way that most do. Ray Charles is still the man! I also like a lot of Sheryl Crow (sure glad she dumped Lance Armstrong) and Green Day.

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    • Thanks, Pete, I’m pleased you think so. Clash albums did take a bit of perseverance, didn’t they – a bit too ‘in your face’ for some tastes. I must be losing my touch if I didn’t find anything obscure!

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  3. Good song choices, Clive while getting your point across…I love Darlene’s thinking about her funeral song… why not have something different? Me my funeral will be a beach party(all) invited and I will be in the rocket which goes up at midnight…Song choice at the moment undecided…lol

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  4. another great collection; wasn’t too familiar with the Sheryl Crow or Canned Heat songs. it’s eerie how the lyrics of some of these songs relate to the Brexit situation. too bad there isn’t just a big reset button somebody could hit…

    by the way, I thought the Canned Heat song sounded a bit like “Roadhouse Blues” from the Doors

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    • Thanks, Jim. I enjoyed putting this one together, possibly more than I should have done. The problem with Brexit (well, one of the problems) is that its supporters can’t relate to facts and are blind in their faith. A bit like the nearly half of Americans who think Trump won the election: they don’t like reality.

      I can see a bit of similarity with the Doors, but Canned Heat got there two years earlier…

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  5. Your rant has definitely inspired you! Your choice of music and highlighted lyrics fit the theme so well! I haven’t heard the Canned Heat one for years. It was actually one of the first singles I bought. Love listening to Greenday and Dylan again!

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      • Great taste! My Mum didn’t get my music but Dad did. He accompanied me and my mates on a few gigs (The Nice, ELP, Alex Harvey Band, Roxy Music). Cool for a Sinatra fan!

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      • I don’t think either of my parents would have done that! I’ve not seen any of those, but would have liked to. One of the best I saw from that era was Vinegar Joe – I think we all fancied Ellie Brooks!

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      • I remember some of my mum’s records; Mrs Mills, Max Bygraves, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Crush, and countless classical albums. She used to play me a piece of classical music every day. I grew fond of Scheherazade after the ‘nth time.

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      • We were lucky to be spared most of those, though there was some Sinatra. My Mum was a big Jim Reeves fan so we had a lot of his. She played piano, so most of our classical listening was from her sheet music collection.

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      • Ah, my mum played piano too, but she didn’t read music. She could play any song, just as long as it was in the key of C! I remember those old-fashioned singalongs around the piano as a kid. Happy days.

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      • My Mum’s parents were both teachers and encouraged her to learn from an early age. She taught me to read music too, as I had a boy treble voice until it broke, and used to sing with her to ‘impress’ relatives and other visitors. I doubt I could read music now though! A piano was a great focal point, and we had our singalongs too. As you say, happy days.

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      • I was the kid at school who couldn’t even play the recorder! My older one is musical, got up to grade 8 on violin and somewhere lower on piano. It must have skipped a generation!

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  6. I am not a fisher person, farmer, manufacturer or businessperson, so never felt qualified to give an expert opinion on Brexit, I just knew I was dead against it from the start. I was feeling sorry for a shell fish producer or some such on the radio then he said he voted for Brexit! I liked Hit The Road Jack, I reckon it was on the radio all the time as my parents did not possess a record player.

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    • Nor am I, but I have seen so many in those categories bemoaning their decision to vote for Brexit. Serves them right for reading the Daily Mail and believing anything Johnson says.

      I’ve always liked Hit The Road Jack too, even though it isn’t the style I usually go for. Must be all those radio plays in our youth, as you say 😊

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  7. Until, now I didn’t think I knew anything by Greenday other than the name.. Turns out I was wrong because I know-and like-this one. You’ve played some crackers for us on your little theme. Some of us don’t feel like fools voting for Brexit as it wasn’t at the behest of any party propaganda but a choice we’d made since being taken further into the EU than just as Common Market trading partners. As to the advantages of leaving, one immediate one comes to mind. We have control of our own Vaccine which as an EU member I’m sure would not be the case

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    • Glad you like the choices. You’re right about Brexit not being a party propaganda thing, but it was a choice between the Remain campaign being derided by the Leave campaign as ‘Project Fear’ whilst it fed us lies like the £350m bus, Turkey joining the EU and loads of Turks coming over here. I respect your right to think differently about it, though! You may be right on vaccines, but we’ll never know now, will we?

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