Monday, 8 June 2009

Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn...

That's right, today's theme is accommodation.

First up: "Halfway Hotel" by Voyager. This was a big "radio hit" in 1979 but never did much in the charts. I spent years trying to track this down and finally found a copy in a junk shop in Kalk Bay near Cape Town at the bottom of a big pile of 7" singles - which explains why the sound quality is a bit ropey.

Next: "Motel Blues" by Loudon Wainwright III, from "Album II" (1972). This has also been a favourite of mine for years. Not sure why, I think it might be the bleakness of it all.

I was going to finish off with "Kansas City Morning" by Katy Moffatt. Until a few minutes ago I had always thought she was singing about a Holiday Inn, but listening to the lyrics more closely she is in fact lamenting the "hotel holiday airs". So we'll save her up for another occasion.

Those of you who recognise the title of this post will think you know what today's videoclip is going to be, but you are wrong. I couldn't find a decent clip of "Rapper's Delight" so instead here is a different, and in my view infinitely superior, old school rap classic which also mentions the word "holiday". Take it away, boys!

And if you are looking for a hotel in their home town of Amsterdam, why not try the Hotel Brian: The rooms are minute, but if you are lucky you might get eggs with your toast in the morning, which is all you can ask for really.

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