Tuesday, 23 September 2014

1965 - there are places I remember

Still only four years since Yuri Gagarin became the first Man in Space, Bob Dylan had come a long way with Like a Rolling Stone, the Kinks were in the charts, the Stones, the Who, the Animals Gotta Get Outta This Place, Yardbirds with their Hearts full of soul, Manfred Mann, Them - golden year, golden year, good times, good times.  The Beatles had carried on being Beatlish, getting into the movies before their bubble burst.  By 1965 it was impossible not to notice what was going on in the outide world, unless like me you were only four. In 1965 the Beatles were still playing it pretty damn straight. Oh Macca, all you did was yesterday.

the Story of Them, Them

Now people say, who are, or what are Them?  That little one sings and that big one plays the guitar with a thimble on his finger runs it up and down the strings.  The bass player don’t shave much, I think they're all a little bit touched.  But the people came and thats how we made our name, too much it was.  Yeah, good times.  Wild, sweaty, crude, ugly and mad and sometimes just a little bit sad.  Yeah, they sneered and all but up there, we just havin a ball. It was a gas, you know, some good times...

and the biggest hit of 1965? Tears by Ken Dodd.  I saw Ken Dodd and the Diddymen, Doddy's diddy Diddymen at the Liverpool Empire in the 60s.  Probably not in 1965 but Doddy and the jam butty mines undoubtedly meant more to me than Like a Rolling Stone or Here Comes the Night. 

A year for movies too.  Surprising how many of these became Christmas televsion staples.  Or at least inspired song titles.

The Sound of Music, Doctor Zhivago, Thunderball , For a Few Dollars More, The Loved One, She,  The  Heroes of Telemark, Battle of the Bulge, The Great Race, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Repulsion, Faster Pussycat... Kill! Kill!, Son of a Gunfighter, Beach Blanket Bingo, Help!, The Sons of Katie Elder,  What's New Pussycat, Dr. Who and the Daleks,  In Harm's Way,  The Spy Who Came in from the Cold,  Cat Ballou, Von Ryan's Express, The Ipcress File, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes, Ship of Fools, That Darn Cat!, Shenandoah,  Ten Little Indians, The Agony and the Ecstasy, A Patch of Blue, 36 Hours, Bunny Lake Is Missing, Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution, Inside Daisy Clover, Lord Jim, Fantômas se déchaîne.
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines is probably the only one of these that I remember watching as a child, probably not in 1965, but not that much later.  And The Sound of Music. But I still try to blot that out.

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