musicology #32


mans week day 5

(Major Lance – Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um)

“Iiiiiiiiii just couldnt help myself, guess I was born with a curious mind,
Iasked this man just what did he mean when he moaned if he’d be so kind .. and he just go” …

the article mans tune. um, um, um, um, um, um .. I can only imagine what it would have been like to hear this one on the streets of London Town back in early1964, (Released in US, December 1963), maybe somewhere like The Scene for instance, (the first club of it’s type in London) or even The Disc’ .. 150% MOD tune .

must have heard it at least a 100 times over the years but NEVER fails to tremble me marrow. no surprise though as, again, it has father Curtis at the helm. Lyrics, choice of singer, arrangement. probably even played on the session such was his genius. not forgetting the contributions of Gerald Sims and of course Carl Davis who together with Curtis were most responsible for reviving OKeh’s fortune as well as leading the direction Soul took from 1962.

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5 thoughts on “musicology #32

  1. A Mod anthem…. more an attitude than dance one though… it inspires memories of the Mod walk (really… just like the number of buttons or flap(s) on yer mohair jacket the Mod walk had distinctive local differences). It was “bowling along” to songs like this, Hang On Snoopy, The Boy From New York City, etc., that London’s young tearaway Mods not only cocked a snoop at Society in general but also provoked other teams/firms of Mods from other points of the London compass to the tribal, low-key, weaponless, “tear-up”!!!! The South London version of the walk was a straight backed, rolling shoulders, hip swinging, toe-caps pointing out at 90 degrees action (for a good take on the East London version check out the first scene of the film Malcolm X)…. chuckle, wicked chuckle

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  2. its appropriate that you have selected this one
    for this week as I often think of you when this
    song plays through my mind…the more distant memory is queing down the stone stairs of the ‘scene’ waiting to get in,with this song floating out of the black doors of the club…major lance is sooo part of the soundtrack to them days on the streets of soho.

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  3. On that soundtrack of the Mod occupation of the streets of Soho in the early 60’s, a must is “Harlem Shuffle” by Bob and Earl.

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