TIGHTEN UP VOL. 88
ROCK NON STOP
"And now our feature presentation..." and
organ fanfare >From Monty Python's Flying Circus.
"I've known about this for a few years, finally i
can tell it to someone who might give a crap! in Rock Non Stop from Tighten Up
Volume 88, during the synthesizer solo, there is a sample of a side-splitting
laugh that sounds like a chipmunk. The laugh itself is from the 1981 movie
'Arthur' with Dudley Moore. It's speeded up a bit. Early in the movie when the
drunk Arthur picks up the prostitute in the limo and takes her to the exclusive
restaurant, as he's getting out of the limo, he falls onto the pavement and
bursts into the laughter you hear in Rock Non Stop. Trust me, I'm right on this
(I lost the name of the submittor of this one, but
"You asked me to make a record of my
voice...well, here it is." Richard "Dickie" Attenborough from
the 1947 film Brighton Rock.
"Don't rock the boat / upset the applecart"
= popular idioms for "don't cause trouble"
The following explanation originally appeared on the
B.A.D. Pirate Page - thanks to El Buccanero...
"Most of you will have heard the song by BAD on
Tighten Up Vol. '88 but you may not have heard actually heard Esquerita. I
think Mick must have got the album Vintage Voola, read the sleeve notes then
written the song around these. Everything's there - playing at the Dew Drop
Inn, his healthy rivalry with Little Richard (the Georgia Peach) and even
bashing his girl up with the metal tube from a vacuum cleaner! ("...beat
up on his woman with a
vacuum cleaner...") Gene Vincent was the one that
gave Esquerita "some of his old clothes", which were given to
(Vincent) by Little Richard...His real name was indeed S.Q. Reeder and he died
of AIDS (related whatever) in 1987."
The song samples "Sweet Skinny Jenny" and
"Rockin' The Joint" by Esquerita from the Vintage Voola LP.
In the song "Champagne", during the outro
there is a sample from the Powell-Pressburger film A Matter of Life and Death
(aka Stairway to Heaven in the US). The sample is taken from the scene when
David Niven is talking to his friend June (played by Kim Hunter) and a doctor.
The doctor excuses himself from the conversation complaining he get's his tea
at 4:30 and then a cart crashes through the door: TEA BREAK! (cheers) and June
replies "HERE YOU GET IT AT FIVE! When I was watching the film I literally
jumped out of my seat yelling "Where is that from?" Thank god I found
it. - Russ Pollard
MR WALKER SAID
Mr. Walker = Patrick Walker, horoscope writer for the
London Evening Standard
tarot cards = method of fortunetelling
"Some people read the stars..." = astrology
"I think I'll write my own..." = taking
control of one's own destiny
"I'm a Capricorn..." = a sign of the Zodiac
(Mick is actually a Cancer...)
"He knows...he knows the moon etc." >From
the film The Right Stuff.
"You are one...under the stars!" Nicol
Williamson as Merlin in Excalibur (1981)???
"And everything he sees is beamed in from the
Med..." = reference to Walker writing and submitting his astrological
profiles in advance from his home in the Mediterranean
THE BATTLE OF ALL SAINTS ROAD
Violin from "The Battle of New Orleans"
(traditional American folk song). Banjos from"Dueling Banjos"
(featured as the soundtrack to the film Deliverance).
I happened to come across this reference while reading
a book about Bob Marley called, "Catch A Fire" by Timothy White. At
the beginning of the "Battle of All Saints Road," Don Letts let's out
the call of: "Nuh matter wha a people say. Dese sounds lead the way. It's
the order of the day. from yar the boss dj!" In Jamaica, in the 1950s,
DJ's would travel to different towns with big rigs called Sound Systems to play
dances. Two of the more famous DJs were King Sporty and King Stitt and they
would start their shows by revving up the crowd with the above little ditty.
Nice tribute Don. - Scott
"No matter what the people say..." etc. -
"Fire Corner" by King Stitt (available on Don Letts Presents The
Mighty Trojan Sound compilation
dreads = Rastafarians, or anyone with hair worn in
"A skinny white dude came in and took a
chair..."; "the rocker..." = Mick Jones
Ladbroke Grove, Pimlico = areas of London
Red Stripe = Jamaican brand of beer
"Lost my wallet and my mind at the
Carnival..."; "Once a year at Carnival we're having us a
ball..." = reference to the Notting Hill Carnival, an annual street fair
Reference to American franchises moving into Britain:
7-11 = American convenience store chain
McDonalds = American fast food chain
HoJo's = Howard Johnson's, American hotel/restaurant
Title and lyrics in reference to Imelda Marcos, former
First Lady of the Phillippines, and her sizeable shoe collection.
Qadahafi = Dictator of Libya and Marcos' houseguest
George Hamilton = perma-tanned American actor and
Marcos party guest
"Mao Tse-Tung and disco lights..." = noting
the irony between the Marcos' hardline politics (reference to Communist Chinese
leader) and their swank parties
TIGHTEN UP VOL. '88
Song and album title pay homage to a series of '70s
"Natives, blacks & werewolves..." =
reference to London's racial/cultural mix and possibly "Werewolves of
London" by Warren Zevon / the film An American Werewolf In London
Brixton = area of South London
Horn fanfare is sampled from "The Guns of
Navarone" by the Skatalites.
"Guess who's coming to dinner...natty
dread..." "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" by Black Uhuru (1980).
"Get aboard the last train to Skaville..."
>From "Last Train To Skaville" by the Soul Brothers.
JUST PLAY MUSIC!
"Now the intro goes something like this: ba-di-da
ba-di-da da-da - boom-boom..."
"Let me tell you something: you'll be top of the
pops in no time...smart alecks..."
"I'll tell you one thing the people go mad for
these days, that's your pop stars..."
"This could be a minor sensation..." etc.
>From the film Privilege (1967).
Tin Pan Alley = nickname given to 28th Street in New
York, "music publishing capital of the world"; also an area in London
- Denmark Street W1.