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Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da!
« on: July 25, 2007, 08:18:39 AM »

Why is this song so hated? I love this song so much. Whenever I feel down, this song always brightens me up. Anyone else love this underrated gem? :)
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2007, 09:22:48 AM »

Yes, me. I love it too, and can't see why they never released it as a single.
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2007, 09:36:25 AM »

A not-so-interesting aside: it was a number one in 1968 for Marmalade, who were the first scottish act to have a UK number one. They wore kilts on top of the pops when playing it. (Cod-reggae and kilts - makes me shudder.) They had two bass players (why?) and were originally called Dean Ford and The gaylords. Very smooth. Wonder why they never really caught on ? They had a US hit in '69 that featured a backwards guitar solo.
Personally I like the song.
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2007, 09:44:52 AM »

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Wonder why they never really caught on ? They had a US hit in '69 that featured a backwards guitar solo.
Personally I like the song.

They had seven more top ten hits after that. I think the US hit was 'Reflections Of My Life'. I've got a terrific 'best of'. I love them.
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2007, 10:30:26 AM »

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They had seven more top ten hits after that. I think the US hit was 'Reflections Of My Life'. I've got a terrific 'best of'. I love them.

Is the two-bass thing noticeable? Does it change their sound? It seems a strange thing to do. (it's not like they're The Cure)
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2007, 10:34:24 AM »

I like it much better than Lady Madonna, which was released as a single. It's a fun tune. I like to do aerobics to this one, because I can't help dancing around when I hear it. :)
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2007, 10:37:14 AM »

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Is the two-bass thing noticeable? Does it change their sound? It seems a strange thing to do. (it's not like they're The Cure)

No. Usually there's more than one bass line in a song anyway. I guess it was just live that they used it. I think one of the bass players also played keyboards.
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2007, 10:45:30 AM »

ill have to check them out sounds cool, i know theres a new bass super group making a record its all bass and a drummer and a keyboard i think but it has hooky from new order, andy rourke from the smiths and mani of the stone roses/primal scream theyre gonna be called Freebase  , hooky never played bass like the norm he always play high up the fret board and on the higher strings like he was playing lead guitar, not sure about andy and mani as they seemed to play like the norm but maybe itll be less noticable if they all play an octave apart
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Re: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da!
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2007, 11:28:18 AM »

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Yes, me. I love it too, and can't see why they never released it as a single.

It was released as a single in certain countries. The Netherlands for instance, and I think Greece and France as well.
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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2007, 11:34:53 AM »

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It was released as a single in certain countries. The Netherlands for instance, and I think Greece and France as well.

Now you mention it, we've had this conversation before.
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Re: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da!
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2007, 11:49:05 AM »

I love "I See the Rain" by Marmalade - Susanna Hoffs did a great version of it too (with Matthew Sweet).
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« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2007, 01:57:29 PM »

Quite a few Marmalade-Beatles connections. One site says Sir George produced their first singles, but I haven't been able to confirm it. and one of its members wrote the theme tune for Thomas The Tank Engine.
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« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2007, 06:30:48 PM »

the song is so terribly simple like Dance Tonight..
I find simple music always catches on better & songs that
you can sing to & can't get out your head! :)
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« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2007, 09:16:16 PM »

I like Obla-di too! Who hates it?

I love that Marmalade song "Reflections ...". In retrospect, it seems Beatle-y, though I haven't heard it in years. THey've got a Greatest Hits - wow, must find!

Thinking of that Marmalade song "Reflections ...". makes me remember "Smile a Little Smile for Me, Rosemary ...". Funny how those neurons work ...
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« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2007, 12:57:34 PM »

I like this Beatles classic as well, it's just a simple McCartney pop song.  
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« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2007, 03:15:51 PM »

Is it the first whiteboy stab at reggae? I can think of no other before it.
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« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2007, 03:19:15 PM »

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Is it the first whiteboy stab at reggae? I can think of no other before it.

Damn. They're beaten to the post again. Chris Andrews in 1965 with "Yesterday Man."
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« Reply #17 on: July 27, 2007, 04:23:15 PM »

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Damn. They're beaten to the post again. Chris Andrews in 1965 with "Yesterday Man."

Also, there was a song somewhat earlier I think called "The Israelites" I believe. Big on AM radio.

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« Reply #18 on: July 27, 2007, 04:28:52 PM »

I like Obladi Oblada, it has that Mc Cartney style, although I haven't hear it in a long time.
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« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2007, 04:29:25 PM »

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Also, there was a song somewhat earlier I think called "The Israelites" I believe. Big on AM radio.


True, but they were Jamaicans. I think it was about '69 - so it's actually quite a bit later. My Boy Lollypop was Britains first ska/reggae hit (64?) by whats her face Millie- also Jamaican. (I watched Soul Brittania the other night)
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