With it having been Valérie Čižmárová’s birthday just lately and, furthermore, with there having been three recording anniversaries – ‘Pojď jen dál’ and ‘Sbohem, školní bráno’ on 8th February (1973) and ‘Správnej hoch’ and ‘Mám už toho dost’ on 10th February (1976), I thought now better be the time to get back on the actual GOTGE vinyl-buying trail after quite a long absence. So, on the basis that it had been the anniversaries of those recordings, it seemed logical to make it those two discs for a start.
While I was in the mood, since – and I apologise to all the many fans of Valinka’s ‘Léta letí’, as the other side to that song, here – it was ‘Dávno nejsem hloupá’ I just had to take the opportunity to order that. Maybe it’s something to do with the sheer improbability of a covering of a record by a novelty act like Lancelot Link and The Evolution Revolution somewhere behind the former Iron Curtain that just gets me about ‘Dávno nejsem hloupá’.
Finally, to complete this fabulous foursome, since I had visited the Mozarteum, where it had been recorded, during my recent holiday in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, I thought that it would be fitting to make one of them ‘Oči nelžou’ and ‘Říkáš pořád jak ti na mně záleží’. Also, like in the case of ‘Dávno nejsem hloupá’, ‘Oči nelžou’ is an opportunity to get to appreciate a tune that perhaps was overlooked in the UK – the one coming from the U.S. from a Banana Splits-like act that, unlike the Splits themselves, didn’t have any TV exposure on Saturday mornings in the UK (as ‘Sha-la Love You’) and the other coming from the at-the-time perhaps musically unfashionable origin of New Zealand (as Craig Scott’s ‘When Jo-Jo Runs’).
As nobody else (in anything like decent quality) has thought to get this up on the Web, may I take this opportunity to introduce GOTGE readers to my first YouTube upload – this brilliantly meaty, danceable tune – in an almost Northern/Eastern (European)/Southern (Hemisphere) Soul sort of way – that is steadily climbing as a Valinka favourite of mine, nearly catching up with ‘Dávno nejsem hloupá’. Yes, I have finally got around to taking the plunge into creating my own videos after all these years!
I hope GOTGE readers enjoy it!…coming from my £20.00, charity shop-bought record player with some old speakers that just happen to have the right connection plugged into the auxiliary speaker sockets, to provide the ‘woofers’ to the ‘tweeters’ that are the built-in speakers.
Pretty impressive value, eh? I think that, also, GOTGE readers may well agree that my Olympus E-PL1 is a convincing performer as a video camera – capturing the fullness of the sound perfectly.