Substitute Music Teacher: aka Fandango

Fandango is standing in for Jim Adams for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday,
Last week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme was songs that are Hidden Gems, which are great songs that missed the top of the charts. The theme was suggested by Amy (aka E.M. Kingston). This week’s theme, also suggested by Amy, is One-Hit Wonders, where an artist or a group had a song that reached the top without any follow-up successes.
I’m going with this from 1969:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBH_0Nqp61w

Courtesy WIKI
Something in the Air” is a song recorded by Thunderclap Newman, written by Speedy Keen who also sang the song. It was a No. 1 single for three weeks in the UK Singles Chart in July 1969. The song has been used for films, television and adverts, and has been covered by several artists. The track was also included on Thunderclap Newman’s only album release Hollywood Dream over a year later.

The single reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart just three weeks after release, holding off Elvis Presley in the process. The scale of the song’s success surprised everyone and there were no plans to promote Thunderclap Newman with live performances. Eventually a line-up—augmented by Jim Pitman-Avory on bass and McCulloch’s elder brother Jack on drums—played a handful of gigs. Personal records say the band played live only five times, although Keen referred to a two-month tour, playing “everywhere”. In the UK, a follow-up single, “Accidents”, came out only in May 1970 and charted at No. 46 for a week. An album, Hollywood Dream, peaked in Billboard at No. 163. The song and the band are one hit wonders. Labelle recorded an emotional cover of it alongside “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by Gil Scott-Heron for their 1973 album, Pressure Cookin’.

Lyrics courtesy genius.com

Call out the instigators
Because there’s something in the air
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here
And you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right
We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now
[Bridge]

Block off the streets and houses
Because there’s something in the air
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here,
And you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right
We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now

[Piano bridge]
Hand out the arms and ammo
We’re going to blast our way through here

We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here and you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right
We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to Substitute Music Teacher: aka Fandango

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! How I loved this one so much 💜

  2. Fandango says:

    I used to love this song, but it had totally slipped my mind. It was a sort of protest song. Thanks for jogging my memory.

  3. John Holton says:

    Do you remember the movie “The Magic Christian” with Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr? If so, you remember when this was used… if not, here’s the scene….

  4. murisopsis says:

    I’ve heard it many times but usually as a cover…

  5. Lauren says:

    A great choice.

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