Daily Archives: June 17, 2010

Thursday Night Music Byte

Norman Smith aka Hurricane Smith (22 February 1923 – 3 March 2008) was an English musician and record producer. Smith was born in Edmonton, North London and served as a RAF glider pilot during World War II. After an unsuccessful career as a jazz musician, Smith joined EMI as an apprentice sound engineer in 1959.

He was the engineer on all of the EMI studio recordings by The Beatles until 1965 when EMI promoted him from engineer to producer. The last Beatles album he recorded was Rubber Soul, and Smith engineered the sound for almost 100 Beatles songs in total.

While working with The Beatles on 17 June 1965, he was offered £15,000 by the band’s music publishing company, Dick James Music, to buy outright a song he had written.

In 1971, Smith, using a recording artist pseudonym of “Hurricane Smith,” had a UK hit with “Don’t Let It Die”. This recording was a demo of a song that he had written with the hope that John Lennon would record it. When he played it for fellow record producer Mickie Most, Most was impressed enough to tell him to release it as it was. In 1972, he enjoyed a transatlantic hit with “Oh Babe What Would You Say?”, which became a U.S. #1 Cash Box and a Billboard Pop #3 hit. Also included on Smith’s self-titled debut album was a third hit single, a cover version of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Who Was It?”

In short, Hurricane Smith was really a one hit wonder with his song “Oh Babe What Would You Say?” But it was a great quirky song which really reflects the early 1970’s.

Please enjoy Hurrican Smith performing “Oh Babe What Would You Say?” on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Bristol And Levi: Dumb Clucks Redux

The Palin family soap opera continues. We’ve already had “Thanks, But No Thanks”, “lipstick on a pig”, “Ya betcha”,  an unwed pregnant teen daughter, “I Quit”, “Death Panels” and “Drill Baby, Drill”. Now we have the twenty year old unwed mother hooking up once again with the former unwed teen father.

That is correct. Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are an item once again. Many blogs have recently reported that Levi’s red pick-up truck has been a frequent tenant of the driveway at Bristol’s new condo. Now Bristol herself indicates that there may be some truth to the renewed romance.

In a statement to ABC’s Good Morning America, Palin defines the relationship as “co-parenting.” She also said, “Levi and I are turning a new page here as co-parents to this wonderful boy and putting aside the past because doing so is in Tripp’s best interest”.

An article in Us Weekly claimed that Palin is back together with Johnston, quoting an unnamed source close to Palin who said the two are “very close” and “spend more time together than people think.”

Sarah Palin’s eyes must be stinging.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody.

I Got You, Babe song link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzYBuKaQ83s

THEY ARE TWO BABES

(sung to the Sonny and Cher song “I Got You, Babe”)

We know they’re dumb and very slow
They even eat the yellow snow
Levi quit school without a clue
Bristol speaks on behalf of Candies shoes

Babes
They are two babes
They are two babes

A lipsticked pig that pays their rent
If brains are castles they are thinking with tents
Bristol has a condo she just bought
Now they have a place to smoke Levi’s mom’s pot

Babes
They are two babes
They are two babes

This brand new romantic fling
Must make Sarah’s eyeballs sting
She thought she had shot him down
Now Levi Johnston is always around

She hopes their tryst won’t last too long
Cuz Sarah and Levi don’t get along
Tripp and Bristol were just fine
Now Levi will be living off their dime

Babes
They are two babes
They are two babes

If she puts ring on her hand
Hell breaks loose in Palin-Land
Bristol drinks her mother’s tea
Levi’s in pornography

The two of them once did fight
Now they love to kiss goodnight
They will spend all Sarah’s dough
Bristol behaves like a ‘ho

They are two babes
They are two babes
They are two babes
They are two babes
They are two babes