Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Yellow River

Back in my youf, we had proper music and literature, like the song Yellow River and the accompanying tome of the same name by I. P. Daley.

Apparently the song is about the American Civil War. Well, some forty plus years later, I have learnt that. I suppose I heard the Australian version by a group called Jigsaw but I find the original English recording by Christie much better. Normally I feel a frisson of arousal when I look at old pop groups on You Tube, but I am not for neither Jigsaw or Christie. They are all quite plain, only saved slightly by their voluminous hair.

The song may well have been called Yellow River, but it features the group Christie upon a barge in the Thames River. I would expect the very grey clip was never used by the London Tourist Bureau. While I know the bridges, can anyone identify any of the buildings along the Thames, apart from the obvious Westminster?

Also, for the musically inclined, is there a key change in the song, or is it just a tempo change?




22 comments:

  1. Wow never heard this version but I remember Elton John's - its a good song and many a joke about it in High school with a name like Yellow Riiver - we all thought we were so naughty - phrases such as "Yellow River" by I pee daily... that did the rounds...It reminded not the song but the time of Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime"

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    1. MC, Summertime was good too.

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  2. Hello Andrew:
    Well, this most certainly does take one back!!

    Unfortunately, which is slightly strange, we did not recognize any of the buildings other than the Houses of Parliament [of course] and think that, in the main, the shots were of the Thames westward and not continuous at all.

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    1. JayLa, parts did look like cargo wharves. Sadly no footage of the Oxo building or Battersea Power Station. Oh, heaps of flats at the power station have just been sold.

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  3. Just as a counterpoint, there is a Yellow river in China as well.

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=1WlZ3sKLuoE&desktop_uri=/watch?v=1WlZ3sKLuoE

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    1. Yes Michael. It is well known by me but I am not sure why.

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  4. I was looking at this clip about two months ago, just came across it on YouTube and I also remember the song from distant years past. I can't identify any of the other buildings though.

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    1. David, I can't remember if I just came across it or searched for it. I don't know why it would have entered my head.

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  5. I remember this song! Didn't know it was about the American Civil War though... The clip reminds me of when ACDC (in the days of Bon) rode down Swanston Street on the back of a truck singing 'It's a long way...'

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    1. Wombat, I would like a dollar for everytime that truck footage has been played on tv in the last decade.

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  6. You are right, that is when pop music was music and you could listen to it. I'm going to watch the Bee Gee's story on tele tonight.

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    1. Diane, I enjoyed that show. You forget how many hits they had.

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  7. It is quite difficult to identify the bridges but to me it looks as though the first one was Lambeth Bridge and then the next one, with someone walking across could have been Hammersmith, especially with the bend in the river. The moored boats are possibly the ones at Chelsea embankment. Then towards the end it looks as though they are near Richmond. To me it does not look like a continuos view of the river.

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    1. Fun60, yes, I did not think it was continuous footage. Most helpful. Lambeth, I should take a walk. http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/start-weekend-happy.html

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  8. I thought Yellow River was by Axiom, I remember the song well, but not who sang it. Apparently many bands did.

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    1. I don't know River. I remember Jigsaw, but not necessarily them singing Yellow River. Axiom, A Little Ray of Sunshine.

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  9. Happy memories, I do like this one a lot...but no 'frisson' of arousal at the boys either!!

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    1. Grace, I am more for a later period when pop stars started trowelling on make up.

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  10. I was so busy watching the band members I didn't notice any bridges!

    I'm sure I lusted over one of those guitarists in my youth (the one sitting on the right, when seen in the shot of the three of the band members sitting across the stern).

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    1. Victor, I took another look. It was the drummer that put off. The others aren't so bad.

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  11. Certainly is a blast from the past especially the I Pee Daily bit which was very amusing to us back then.

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    1. Windsmoke, it was funnier than saying the word bum, which we thought was hilarious.

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