Thursday, 6 February 2014

Shocking Blue: I Love Voodoo Music (1970)

Never heard of these guys before tonight. This track is from the 2nd Shocking Blue album Scorpio's Dance. Shocking Blue went to Number 1 in Feb 1970 with Venus from the album At Home, long before Bananarama were buffed & bouffant. Both song's lead vocals are performed by the late Mariska Veres. Both song's music and lyrics are written by Robbie van Leeuwen, the band's guitarist, sitarist and background vocalist. For Venus, Van Leeuwen used The Banjo Song, an arrangement of Oh! Susanna on a 1963 album by The Big 3, as his inspiration; the bassline, riffs and melody sound almost exactly the same. However, The Big 3 never claimed plagiarism.

By South Utsire

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