Daily Archives: July 2, 2010

Friday Night Music Byte

Maxine Nightingale 1977

Our “one hit wonders” of the 1970’s continues tonight with someone who is actually a three hit wonder. Maxine Nightingale (born 2 November 1952; Wembley, London) is a British R&B and soul music singer. She is best known for her hits in the 1970s, with the million seller “Right Back Where We Started From” (1975), “Love Hit Me” (1977), and “Lead Me On” (1979).

The daughter of comedian Benny Nightingale, Maxine Nightingale began singing at age 16 with her school band, displaying sufficient vocal prowess to begin performing in London area venues with her brother Glen1 on guitar. In 1969 – the year she turned 17 – Nightingale joined the cast of the West End production of Hair; the same year she made her first recordings, vocalizing on the Pye singles “Talk to Me” and “Don’t Push Me Baby” which were released under the name Nightime Flyer. “Don’t Push Me Baby” was issued by Pye’s Australian distributor Astor in Nightingale’s own name; her first UK release as Maxine Nightingale was in 1971 with the Pye single “Love on Borrowed Time”.

In the early 1970s Nightingale relocated to Germany, having become affianced to Minoru Terada Domberger, the Japanese-born director of the German production of Hair whom she’d met when he visited the London production. In Germany Nightingale continued her stage musical career in Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell. After dropping out of performing to marry her fiancé and give birth in 1973 to their daughter Langka Veva Domberger, Nightingale returned to London in the summer of 1975 to appear in the West End production of Savages; at this time she also provided background vocals on recording sessions including that for Al Matthews’ “Fool”.

Matthews’ producer Pierre Tubbs was struck by Nightingale’s voice and asked composer J. Vincent Edwards to write a song for her. Edwards, who had worked with Nightingale in the West End production of “Hair”, convinced her to record this song: “Right Back Where We Started From” overcoming Nightingale’s initial refusal occasioned by her disinterest in a second attempt at a recording career; however she recorded “Right Back…” on the understanding it would be issued under a pseudonym. (Nightingale also had to be convinced to take a royalty rather than a onetime session fee.)

After being released on United Artists Records – in Nightingale’s true name – “Right Back…” reached #8 in the UK in the autumn of 1975, “Right Back… was released in the US early 1976 to enthusiastic reaction, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May of 1976. Nightingale, who had returned to Germany, was motivated by her single’s US success to complete a Right Back Where We Started From album in London and then precede to the US, which has remained her home base ever since. However her only significant hit in the period following the success of “Right Back…” was in the UK, where she reached #11 in 1977 with “Love Hit Me” the title cut from her second album (aka Night Life).

Please enjoy this video clip of Maxine Nightingale performing her biggest hit, “Right Back Where We Started From“.

David Vitter Hustles His Diapers To Gulf Coast

As most of you readers know, I like to analyze a current political issue and make a cogent point with a dash of humor or sarcasm. Sometimes this proves to be difficult either because I am not in a particularly humorous mood or the political issue of the day does not lend itself to laughter (i.e. the BP oil spill). On other occasions however, the blog posts simply write themselves because of the involvement of unique political persons or issues of the day. Today’s post is an example of the latter.

Anytime that I can write about Louisiana’s prostitute soliciting, diaper wearing Republican Senator, David Vitter, Hustler Magazine owner Larry Flynt and the BP oil spill all it once, it is a good day for Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off. Today is one of those days.

Hustler Magazine publisher, Larry Flynt, in a letter to Republican Senator David Vitter today, urged the Louisiana lawmaker to personally contribute “diapers and other personal items” in an effort to control the costly effects of the eleven week old British Petroleum oil disaster. Buzzflash.com reports, “Three years ago, Flynt and his team of investigators assisted in exposing Senator Vitter’s extracurricular activities with female prostitutes. Others have reported on the Senator’s penchant for diapers during his transgressions.  Vitter later apologized for his “very serious sin” after documents released by the D.C. Madam, Deborah Jane Palfrey, revealed that he had patronized her high-end, fantasy escort service.”

Here is the letter itself…

Senator David Vitter

516 Hart Senate Building

Washington DC, 20510

Dear Senator Vitter:

Forgive me for intruding on your valuable time.  I know you are a very busy man, especially in regards to the current problems in the Gulf of Mexico. But that’s exactly what I want to talk to you about. I concur that everybody must do their part to solve this serious catastrophe.  And that’s where I think you, in particular, can be of so much help.

As I understand it, you have some expertise regarding diapers.  I have no idea how many diapers you actually have on hand (quite a collection from what I hear) but as you know, diapers are quite absorbent. So, when it comes to blocking the oil that’s gushing into the Gulf, they might be a very effective way of solving that problem. With that in mind, I urge you to donate your extensive diaper collection to BP so they can use them to stop the leak by creating, for want of a better term, a giant “plug.”

It could be a historic moment: An ecological disaster thwarted. And you’ll get the credit for it.  In fact, when people hear the word “diaper” they will automatically think of you. Hell, they already do.

Please don’t piss away this golden opportunity.

Larry Flynt

Lynnrockets would like to wish all of you a happy and safe July 4th weekend. Please remember what I said in my last post and make sure that you find a way to express your love to family and friends.

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 song parody.

The Flintstones television theme song link: http://www.televisiontunes.com/Flintstones.html


(sung to the television theme song “The Flinstones”)

Vitter, meet Dave Vitter
He’s the diaper wearing Senator
From Louisiana
Where he purchases those kinky whores.

On his faithful wife he chose to cheat
Now he’s targeted for big defeat

When you’re David Vitter
Buying hookers on the state dime
It’s big mistake time
It was a vice squad crime

Vitter, David Vitter
Of the “Family Values” G.O.P.
Unlike Johnny Bobbitt
He escaped and kept his prized pee-pee

On his faithful wife he chose to cheat
Now he’s targeted for big defeat

When you’re David Vitter
You’re just wallowing in your slime
Endorsing sex crimes
Exposed during prime time

Exposed during prime time