AKIS LYMOURIS, Gloudy Sanday, 1962

While on the island another journalist from Jungle World  bought this Everybody dances the Sirtaki LP to review it in our Cyprus issue. When it was time to go back home he wanted to leave it in one of our bungalows so I had mercy with it and took it.

Most of it is pretty lame traditional Sirtaki music but I still kinda like the first and the very last songs on the LP. Especially the ultra fast Baxe Tsifliki is great for twisting. But then it gets reeeeeally fast and I guess everybody always lost their balance and that´s why it needs to be the last song…

AKIS LYMOURIS, Gloudy Sanday, 1962

AKIS LYMOURIS, Baxe Tsifliki, 1962

KORAFAS, Kili Watch, 1961

korafas-frontkorafas-backkorafas-labelOur radio show on Tuesday was a lot of fun. We played a really diverse range of music and further established our two very diverse radio personalities: East-Andy and West-Andy. I´m the happy-go-lucky fast-talker and the other Andy is the down-to-earth slow-talker. I play the stupid and the funny music and he plays the stupid and the angry music.

And then we had Wade calling-in from Brattleboro, Vermont. He does a real cool Exotica and Rock´n´Roll show on WVEW107.7 called Peel Slowly & See. Wade talked about how he does free-form radio in Brattleboro, how he prepares for his  show and what it was like listening to the radio in the 60´s and 70´s. We agreed that we are both trying our best to revive that spirit and get rid of the lameness in today´s radio. Thanks Wade!

Before we come to the music, I added something to two posts lately:

While in Brooklyn in August I found a copy of  the MAD magazine that ALF NEWMAN´s  It´s a gas originally appeared in. I added the cover of the magazine and two more images. If you haven´t already done so, you should check out this record! It´s amazingly funny and it rocks and it rolls!  You´ll find it here.

The second addition was four more songs by MARK RICHARDS AND THE SILVER KEYS. Stefan posted a Twist EP of MARK RICHARDS in one of his guest posts in July and now I posted another French picture-sleeve EP. It´s actually real cool black Rock´n´Roll. You´ll find both records  here.


Now here´s  the great KORAFAS!

Actually I know nothing about this big man from Greece. The only things I could make out from the back of the sleeve of this French EP is that Korafas not als sings ( in French and Italian)  but also plays the piano on these songs. Kili Watch was a hit for Bob Azzam in France and also for the Belgian Instrumental group The Cousins. They were many other versions that year, among them one by Johnny Hallyday, but this version by the “Ulysses of the modern times”  is probably the silliest. La gatta equals that with some cat´s meows thrown in…

KORAFAS est le conquérant hellène des rythmes modernes.

Bravo KORAFAS, tu es L´Ulysse des temps modernes.

KORAFAS, Kili Watch, 1961

KORAFAS, Deliziosa, 1961

KORAFAS, La joie d´aimer, 1961

KORAFAS, La gatta, 1961