When Tunes Only Matter:
For once I shall leave 60s music bloggers not reading but listening. You know these familiar tunes so the lyrics don't matter. You have added advantage if you know Mandarin or the Chinese dialects and scream, laugh or cry when you hear the words.
These EP vinyls, 7-inch round, were the MP3s of yesterday. With a little turntable packed with a valve amp, teenagers could play it everywhere, together with the stack of records. Who cares about lyrics. They just a-go-go to whatever tune is on and sweat their hearts out.
This posting couldn't have been without uploads from You Tube by zoundcracker, lvlalaysiaboleh, PsychedelicGomper and p wong. Thank you all.
Lara Tan n Trailers: Video: PsychedelicGomper
School girl Lara Tan loved singing at school and concerts and was provided with about 40 songs to select for her vinyl debut. Since Mandarin songs had a bigger fan base in South East Asia, Lara recorded covers of current English 60s songs and had them translated into Mandarin by a Ms Violet Chow. The above hit was one. To make the formula work she was backed by The Trailers, one of the most popular bands in Singapore then.
Sexy Billy Tam looks good and sings just as well. Listen to her version of this very popular song but with a Latin touch. Fiery cheongsam. Billy's Chinese version of western pops were always saleable. It was one of the group's first hits.
The introduction is familiar and sounds hotly convincing but you don't really need a translator to understand the meaning. Good singer he is. Know his name? He sings in Cantonese. Watch out for the part where he goes, mmmmmmmmm... substituting the group's manic screams! That's a professor's music thesis in itself.
Maggie Wong/Jungle Lynxs Video: lvlalaysiaboleh
Just as sensual, Maggie Wong, a cabaret star, sings this one. The A-Go-Go dance was popular amongst the Chinese crowd in the 60s and Wong was known as the A-Go-Go Queen. She has this Beatles band to accompany her. BTW, what's the plural of lynx? Does it matter?
Chan Po Chu: Video by p wong
This video is a scene from a popular movie starring Chan Po Chu where three guitars and drums depict the typical stage scenario in the 1960s.
Compromised but nobody cares. They just love the music.
In case you missed it, Videos 1,2 and 4 are in Mandarin; Videos 3 and 5 are in Cantonese.
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Videos from You Tube. This posting is temporary so enjoy them while you may.