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  • What is that tune that stuck in your head for years and how long did it take you to find it?

    Following on from 'babycart' and his 'Skyscrapers' thread made me remember something recently. I was given an old plastic flat deck cheapo reel to reel as a kid probably about 83-84 with a tape on it of various tunes all but one I no longer remember but there was a song on it that I was convinced had the chorus 'California Freedom, Freedom Yeah...' I used to play it all the time, loved it. Anyway I searched for years, asked people, would stalk YouTube and the web from time to time then came across the song 'Junior Campbell - Hallelujah Freedom' but although I knew it was the same chorus something was different, then it struck me it might be off one of those compilation albums of the time and after searching a few finally found the 'Top of the Poppers' version last year and its definitely the one.

    To be honest I was a bit underwhelmed albeit nostalgic but I must have been trying to discover find that song since the reel-to-reel either got lost or junked soon after owning it. So I reckon it took me about 28-29 years to find it.

    So whats the longest you searched for a tune/song before you discovered what it was?

    I bet there are library tunes galore that have been identified over the years on here but for me it was a bloody 'Top of the Pops' comp. Not found the volume its on in the wild yet either!
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  • #2
    Funny you should mention this topic - as my tune popped back into mind just recently.

    It's a reggae tune I first heard late in 1977 played on dub plate by Silver Camel Sound System, I subsequently pestered the guys in Daddy Kool records for months afterwards to see if it had come out, but without success...

    Eventually I surmised that it would never see the light of day - have always kept my ears open for it though.

    A few years back I sang the lyrics out loud to Snoopy (famed reggae expert and ex-reggae reviewer at Black Echoes) to see if it rung any bells with him or if the tune had eventually been issued, but with no luck.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SirSlim View Post
      A few years back I sang the lyrics out loud to Snoopy (famed reggae expert and ex-reggae reviewer at Black Echoes) to see if it rung any bells with him or if the tune had eventually been issued, but with no luck.
      You´ve got a Youtube account. Why not sing it on there and let us have a go? You could do it with a glove puppet if youre shy.

      I can´t find out who this bit of trumpet and timbale descarga madness is by. Poster is a Mexican DJ who´s bunged crappy jingles all over it.

      Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by babycart View Post
        You´ve got a Youtube account. Why not sing it on there and let us have a go? You could do it with a glove puppet if youre shy.
        What a great idea BC, Topo Gigio sings deep consciousness roots shaka masterpiece in a rub-a-dub-style

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        • #5
          im still after one, never found it. heard sampled in a rap track on the radio probably 30 years ago now.
          something about world without fears.. its faded a lot in my memory now.
          its probably something obvious like Paul Simon
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          • #6
            In 1987 I got a box of open reel tapes from an attic sale. It took me till about three years ago - and this board- before I finally identified some as Werner müller's Percussion in the sky. 25 odd years!

            In 1986 I taped some incidental test card music off the TV. This year I finally found it on You Tube. So thats almost 30 years!

            Will post links shortly.
            "THIS IS A FINE TAPE AND BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF YESTERYEAR WHEN THE MUSIC WORLD WAS GOOD AND NOT FOULED UP BY THE LONG HAIR SCURVES WHO JUST BEAT WILDLY ON ANYTHING AND COME UP WITH A LOT OF STUPID NOISE THat only damnfools and liars say they like it"

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            • #7
              My partner's always asking me to identify songs and it fills me with terror because she´s 1. a terrible singer. 2. Spanish

              The other week it was "MATCH TO MY SURPRISE DA DA DA DAAH!!! ONE HUNDRED STAR IS HIGH DA DA DA DAAAAH!!! You must know it! PIPUL GEDDIN LOOSE JAW! GETTIN DOWN UNDERHOOF BABEBIBAAAH! You MUST know it!

              It took two days to sort that one out.
              Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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              • #8
                Redvers Kyle - 'Busy Bachelor'

                It was on an episode of 'Spitting Image'. There was a spoof advert for brain washing powder marketed by the Reverend Moon.

                Heard it elsewhere after - It drove me bonkers - Then some kind soul compiled the background tunes from 'Ren and Stimpy' (vols 1 & 2 are wonderful), and there it was.

                It was probably 15-20 years between hearing and identification.

                Coincidentally - He died yesterday.

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                • #9
                  Q - Voice of Q: 1988 back at someone's house about 4am (after a very big Brighton night out at a Tonka party) someone put on a mix tape with a vocoder song that even in my advanced post-club stupor I knew I needed. No-one knew what it was and without any real idea other than I'd know when I heard it, I spent the next 20 years buying shit vocoder records hoping one of them would be that track. Finally found it via a VG+ Disco Swap. A perfect moment.

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                  • #10
                    On a Phase 4 tip I discovered the music they play on the 'Alice in Wonderland' ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach was from was 'Will Glahé' from his 'Strictly Oompah' album, one of those albums I always saw but never bought for obvious reasons then it kind of fell into my lap but as I wasn't exactly searching for it guess it doesn't count.

                    Originally posted by eclectiktronik View Post
                    In 1987 I got a box of open reel tapes from an attic sale. It took me till about three years ago - and this board- before I finally identified some as Werner müller's Percussion in the sky. 25 odd years!

                    In 1986 I taped some incidental test card music off the TV. This year I finally found it on You Tube. So thats almost 30 years!

                    Will post links shortly.
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                    • #11
                      Mid teens, mid 90s, piece of music getting used on radio and TV. About the time I'd discovered there was such a thing as 'library music' and started buying all the CDs of 'easy' and TV themes I could find. Even when the web came along, still couldn't trace it.
                      I'd been registered on VV/VG+ for a couple of years when I remembered about it, posted a clip, and Lord Thames identified it straight away. Very standard Bruton piece.
                      So 10-15 years or so. Bit of an anti-climax in a way!

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