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Fag Sov Ring Go Go Dancers

September 28, 2008

A big thanks to Mr Planet Mondo for finding this. For years I have kept an unlabelled vhs tape with me wherever I go – from bedsit, from bar to street to bookie (no not really that was from Up The Junction by Squeeze but it’s such a great line!) to shared flat, to another shared flat, to one more flat and finally to my own house. We don’t have a vhs player that works in the house anymore despite them being un-thrown away and languishing in a cupboard somewhere. It has Tom Jones 72 Special DO NOT ERASE written on it in furious pencil. It has survived and I really must get it transferred to dvd before it gets too old and worn to play properly. Like a sad geek I have trawled the internet into the early hours on many an evening to find the whole programme and have found almost all of it apart from this – which is one of the highlights of the special alongside Tom’s duet with Ella Fitzgerald which I posted up last month. Then of course there was Little Richard, Joe Cocker and Johnny Cash. But Sammy Davis Jr’s version of Stevie Wonder’s For Once In My Life is perfect in every way. I love his voice, his outfit, his fag (he must have put the drink down just out of shot on that occasion), the dancers (the one to his left is/was his wife Altoise) and of course the vertical stripes – who said horizontal stripes are unflattering?

Music and performances like this make me happy.


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  1. Planet Mondo permalink

    Thanks for the linky RM<br/><br/>I had a couple of volumes of The Tom show on VHS with some walloping performances – but the best comp was part of a BBC special (i think about Lew Grade and had 1 full hour of atomic Tom and the duets you mentioned.<br/><br/>But the Good news is most of these are available on DVD ‘This Is Tom Jones’ <a href=’’ rel=’nofollow’>Vol 1 </a> and <a href=’′ rel=’nofollow’>Vol 2 </a>

  2. Momentary Madness permalink

    God, I remember watching the movie Up The Junction so long ago.

  3. Snipperoo permalink

    That Up the Junction line is best savoured in its entirety, which is (I think): "The devil came and took me, from bar to street to bookie" – genius "and now it’s my assumption, I’m really UP THE JUNCTION". Meh!

  4. realdoc permalink

    A pair of crocs would put the icing on that outfit.

  5. rockmother permalink

    Mr Mondo Bongo – Aah bless you – thank you – x<br/><br/>Momo Madster – yes – great film – I love that era<br/><br/>Snipperoo – yes it’s a corker of a lyric isn’t it? Thank you for writing it all out properly<br/><br/>Realdoc – but what colour do you think?

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