Wednesday, 24 October 2012

WEDNESDAY CLUB - ELO - Can't get it out of My head

MIDWEEK CRISIS, my ASS,  I am off on holiday for 3 weeks, popping over to Thailand for 14 days and Phi Phi for 3 nights! If you don't hear from me, I will still be thinking of you, yes YOU!  CRISIS what CRISIS?


ELO - 'Can't Get it out of My Head' (1974)

It was our first vacation from Saudi, we were going to Kenya, at that time, it was our favourite holiday destination. We arrived at Nairobi and at immigration, the officer looked stern, there was a discrepancy with my passport? A stamp from South Africa! (we were there a couple of years before) Sorry! You are not allowed to come in to the country with that stamp (Apartheid). A slight (sympathetic,cynical,) smile appeared on his lips. 'Meet me outside, get some money (an amount was agreed!) I will stamp your passport. 'Your are very lucky not to be arrested'   

Happy holidays! What a great start! We had about 5 hours to wait before the next flight to Mombasa. Both Shellhunter and Flycasual  needed to be entertained at the Old Domestic Airport at Nairobi. They were getting 'cranky' (whats new!). Some guy tried to befriend us with some scheme to make money.

I don't need this!

Go away! How do you tell someone to f**k off politely. The kids were tired, the mossies were flying, thank God the bar was open all night (another Tusker asante sana). We were on standby for the first flight, a small plane which stopped at Malindi, then on to Mombasa. We made the flight, a fabulous trip down the East coast of Africa to Mombasa.We made it!

Three weeks to look forward too?

Oh! about the music I was heavily into this track at the time but now Jeff Lynn (ELO) has re-recorded his 'Best of' and this track is included. But I am going for the original. I have listened to the new recordings but although the quality is superior and obviously lovingly done, I prefer the originial in this case. Sorry Jeff!

See MOMBASSA Part 2 next week

P.S. I checked when I got back from vacation the Immigration Officer was 'trying it on'. You only get bit once!. 

But why have I got many many bites!!!!

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24 October 2012 at 18:40

Have a great holiday, OPC, and don't get bitten...

26 October 2012 at 00:14

Happy holiday OPC. I hope you left someone the keys to the Dylan covers cupboard!

26 October 2012 at 08:16

Have a great holiday, sir. Sorry these good wishes come late - been horribly snowed under. Not a huge fan of ELO but I like this song a lot. Maybe I should give them another try? Why do artists re-record their old material? The originals should stand for good or ill. Bon voyage!

5 November 2012 at 18:44

Great song, great hair, great strings! Infact the last time I probably heard that song was on that holiday on your official holiday tape. I remember that diplomatic incident and I also remember that guy who 'befriended' us, his name was Mr Keenoi a drunk airport worker. Two tracks I recall that was played over and over on a loop through the airports tannoy was Julian Lennon's 'Too Late For Goodbyes' and Rockwell's 'Somebody's Watching Me'.