Saturday, January 08, 2011

One Of The World's Greatest EP Album Covers Features 60s Sakura Singing John Lee Hooker

On November 29th 2007, an EP featuring Sakura's (Ying Hua) Puppet On A String (image 1) was posted, not too negatively, on a Website about The World's Greatest LP Album Covers, 45's too (image 2). Well, it's the honest truth:

"What could be better than a Singapore singer covering western pop songs in broken English with a fuzz-guitar backing. Here for your enjoyment is Sakura’s four- track 1967 EP featuring 'Puppet On A String' plus six superb tracks from her album 'Sakura Goes Boom Boom'.

Sandie Shaw notoriously disowned the ’60s Eurovision novelty song 'Puppet On A String' but Sakura Teng has made it her own, and even poses as puppets (and puppeteer!) on the sleeve. And what the hell is she wearing? Presumably silver tights and baby doll dresses were all the rage in Singapore in ‘67. Chinese singers famously have trouble singing western lyrics so you have to admire Sakura who not only impersonates Elvis on 'Rock ‘n’ Roll Yodelling Guy' but also (you guessed it) yodels. Is there anything this woman can’t do!

But save room for her take of the John Lee Hooker classic from her album 'Sakura Goes Boom Boom' which has to be heard to be believed, and the fuzz guitar-driven cover of Connie Francis’ 'Stupid Cupid'. Sakura is backed by a band called The Quests who were seemingly the in-house band at EMI-Columbia, Singapore and also back other singers, including Rita Chao.

Note: the back of the album bears the advertising legend: ‘Sakura also goes bazazz with Max Factor."

Article by: David Noades (Thank You, David)
So my dear readers, what do you think of David Noades' comment? Are we a novelty?


Anonymous said...

Wish this was still available to download. I would LOVE to hear it!! Cool blog!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you dear Reader for your interest in the article and blog.

If you hunt around the internet you might be able to get the download.

Let me check again but do leave me your address and if I get the internet connection I shall send it to you.

Anonymous said...

Sakura Teng is not a Singaporean. She is Malaysian, from Muar, a small town in the state of Johor.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you for the correction. But I think many Singaporeans know that.