Thursday, 5 March 2009

For Your Information

We continue our 1960s world tour with a trip to the Lebanon. This has been a favourite of mine ever since I found it in a jumble sale in Colchester in the early 1980s: "For Your Information" by The Cedars.

Apparently the song was a major hit in Turkey and, rewritten with Turkish lyrics, became a bit of a standard for local garage bands - a Levantine "Louie, Louie", if you like. Here is the only Turkish version I have been able to track down (I believe it is also the original Turkish version): "Iyi Dusun Tasin" by Mavi Isiklar.

Unfortunately I've not been able to find live clips of either version on YouTube. I did think of posting a clip of "The Lebanon" by The Human League, but you deserve better. It isn't the worst example of 1980s pop stars trying to do politics - that would be Simple Minds' "Belfast Child" or anything by U2 - but it is a load of old rubbish. And it doesn't begin to compare with this bit of in yer face agit-prop:

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