Showing posts with label Chas Jankel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chas Jankel. Show all posts

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Questionnaire - Chas Jankel

Although this is a 12" single, it doesn't really contain a track especially made for it: both 'Questionnaire' and 'Boy' appear in their respective album versions. But because 'Questionnaire' was edited for the 7" single, this still is an attractive disc.

Chas Jankel worked with Ian Dury on a lot of tracks recorded by the latter. On this occasion, Jankel ended up recording the track he'd written with Ian Dury himself.

My collection: 12" single no. 547
Found: Kringloop, Den Haag, May 22, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Questionnaire' / 'Boy'

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Ai no corrida - Chas Jankel

Until recently I didn't even know that this single was missing from my collection. When I wrote about the twelve inch single recently, I came to realise this omission. It's one of those occasions where you think: 'Oh, I'll find that one for cheap someday'. And of course, I did. I think I have all the relevant Chas Jankel singles now.

My collection: 7" single no. 3585
Found: Kringloop Holland, Den Haag, March 3, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Ai no corrida' / 'Lenta latina'

Friday, 27 February 2009

Questionnaire - Chas Jankel

'When you answer all these questions / on a postcard if you please' -- it's not the kind of lyric anyone would write these days. Questionnaires have all been abandoned to the web - and otherwise no-one ever takes the time to fill them in with a pen and send them off to the address it came from.

It was an unusual song anyway, Chas Jankel's 'Questionnaire': the sound of a wailing siren on feverish party music - and then a lyric full of questions. I loved the track when it was on the radio in 1981 and so I was happy to get the single in 1993.

My collection: 7" single no. 1910
Found: Plaatboef, Leiden, May 19, 1993
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Questionnaire' / 'Boy'

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Glad to know you - Chas Jankel

Chas Jankel's career has not been a very successful. Despite releasing various albums and singles, he never made the charts in the UK. His single 'Glad to know you' (1981) was another flop - but at least he still found some success when Kitty Grant released a cover version of this song in 1983: it reached number 19 in the Dutch Top 40.

I knew about the original when it came out, and when I heard the cover I knew immediately that the original was better. It's a mystery to me why it wasn't a hit.

My collection: 7" single no. 957
Found: All that music, Leiden, August 10, 1989
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Glad to know you' / '3,000,000 synths'

Saturday, 31 January 2009

Ai no corrida - Chas Jankel

Chas Jankel was born in Stanmore, North London on April 16, 1952. In the Seventies he became a member of the Blockheads, the band that played with Ian Dury during his commercial peak. In 1980, he pursued a solo career, kicking off with a self-titled album. 'Ai no corrida' reached the Dutch Tipparade in January 1981, but never made it past this tip chart. Quincy Jones recorded a cover version a year later and reached number 14 in the UK singles chart with it. The title of the song is in Japanese (taken from the Japanese title of the 1976 film 'In the realm of the senses') but it sounds like Spanish "Ay no corrida" (which can be translated as 'oh no bullfighting').

According to the label of this 12" single, the extended mix of 'Ai no corrida' lasts for 9 minutes and 10 seconds, but in fact it is almost 90 seconds shorter.

My collection: 12" single no. 485
Found: Plaatboef, Rotterdam, 2000
Cost: 2,5 guilders
Tracks: 'Ai no corrida [extended version]' / 'Lenta Latina'
Download: here
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