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Friday 8 October 2010

Jolly Good Fellows

I have been feeling a bit sorry for myself for the last few days. I have been ill, the telly blew up, and the bosses at work have been acting like arses. Then this came on and all of a sudden the world was a wonderful place again.

"Great Balls Of Fire" - The Jolly Boys

The Jolly Boys are a veteran mento band, mento being a Jamaican folk music which is a sort of mix of ska and calypso. They have existed in one form or another since 1955, and legend has it that they were given their name by Errol Flynn. More details can be found on their website.

Earlier this year they released "Great Expectation", an album of weird and wonderful cover versions of the likes of Steely Dan, Amy Winehouse, Blondie, The Stranglers, The Doors and others (but not "Great Balls Of Fire"). They don't all work, but when they come off you can't help but grin. Here are a couple of examples.

"I Fought The Law" - The Jolly Boys

"The Passenger" - The Jolly Boys

Enjoy the video of their excellent version of "Rehab", featuring the amazing, MacGowanesque teeth of lead singer Albert Minott.

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