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Propellerheads — History Repeating (w/ Shirley Bassey)
Album: Decksandrumsandrockandroll
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Released: 1998
Length: 3:55
Plays (last 30 days): 1
The word is about - there's something evolving
Whatever may come - the world keeps revolving
They say the next big thing is here
That the revolution's near
But to me it seems quite clear
That it's all just a little bit of history repeating

The newspapers shout - a new style is growing
But it don't know if it's coming or going
There is fashion - there is fad
Some is good - some is bad
And the joke is rather sad
That it's all just a little bit of history repeating

And I've seen it before
And I'll see it again
Yes, I've seen it before
Just little bits of history repeating

Some people don't dance if they don't know who's singing
Why ask your head? It's your hips that are swinging
Life's for us - to enjoy
Woman, man - girl and boy
Feel the pain - feel the joy
And side-step the little bits of history repeating
Just little bits of history repeating

And I've seen it before
And I'll see it again
Yes, I've seen it before
Just little bits of history repeating
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I'd love to hear Shirley Bassey again singing the theme from 'Goldfinger'
You can repeat this history all you like. Love this tune.
 Springbok84 wrote:
Really enjoyed listening to this.

 
Same here!!  Not sure if I've heard it before, although if I have it wasn't memorable.  Today though, while sifting through 100+ cases at work, this was a great way to keep the grove going.  Long Live RP and these oddball gems BnR pull out now and again! 
Really enjoyed listening to this.
Wow! havn't heard that track for years..... Love Shirley and the Prop Heads.

Good job diggin around the vault  to find that one!
Dame Shirl occupies true godlike status in our home and in my heart.  Unfortunately, she was part of a show on the tellybox the other day and it was a car crash.  It was clear that she should have stopped a while back and bowed out gracefully whilst still at the top of her game.  I could have cried with embarrassment for her.  Why can't these celebs know when to stop?  Surely she's not short of a bob or two. 
I remember this song well from "There's something about Mary".  Some pretty interesting music in that movie actually.
 ChrisVIII wrote:
Has she sung one of James Bond's theme ? Somehow her voice reminds me of it...
 
Three of them: Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker.
'a little bit'
👌👌👌
 
 ChrisVIII wrote:
Has she sung one of James Bond's theme ? Somehow her voice reminds me of it...

This song here is energizing and makes me feel like dancing. I love that kind of music, I haven't known those times but it seems to me I would have had more fun going out and dancing on that than on current disco / dance "hits".

 
Well yes she did sing "GoldFinger" {#Bounce}
 ChrisVIII wrote:
Has she sung one of James Bond's theme ? Somehow her voice reminds me of it...

This song here is energizing and makes me feel like dancing. I love that kind of music, I haven't known those times but it seems to me I would have had more fun going out and dancing on that than on current disco / dance "hits".

 
LOL, checking the date, I see it's only from 1998 ?! Well, I've known that time but it wasn't what was playing in clubs or at parties ! Clearly I was missing something...
I just remember this as background music in There's Something About Mary.  Made me laugh today when I heard it.
Has she sung one of James Bond's theme ? Somehow her voice reminds me of it...

This song here is energizing and makes me feel like dancing. I love that kind of music, I haven't known those times but it seems to me I would have had more fun going out and dancing on that than on current disco / dance "hits".
Oh my, Ms. Basey, your voice, your interpretation, your swing ... God bless you! {#Cheers}
Some people don't dance if they don't know who's singing.
 joetekubi wrote:
Shirley Bassey's voice evokes an era from long ago, and the music fits perfectly.  Inspired lunacy and a nice groove also!

 
Ditto.
David Sedaris on lead vocals?
 ddog wrote:
{#Propeller} {#Propeller} {#Propeller}

 
{#Roflol}{#Roflol}{#Roflol}
I would love to hear Lucille #2 (Austero, that is) covering this... {#Drunk}
Anyone want to Dance, this is awesome stuff Billy Boy!
Shirley Bassey's voice evokes an era from long ago, and the music fits perfectly.  Inspired lunacy and a nice groove also!
This will always remind me of a place in Fukui; a funky party dive called "Propeller," with black light and bead curtains; a friend was teaching in that town... There was a festival going on, so I drove up from Noto, and we proceeded to gather an entourage of locals, Peruvians, and Brazilians, and the beer and sake flowed, and lo and behold, the groove in Propeller peaked when they played THIS!
This works for me !
{#Propeller} {#Propeller} {#Propeller}
 JBarDom wrote:
Uncomparable Madam Bassey.

 
I think you'll find it's "Dame Shirley"...Love this song...abso efn lutley. 
{#Bananasplit}
Uncomparable Madam Bassey.
 GarageDragon wrote:
Is it just me or does she sound a bit like Peewee Herman?
 
I agree--but (1) that's a good thing in my book, and (2) she does in a good way!
 GarageDragon wrote:
Is it just me or does she sound a bit like Peewee Herman?
 
It's probably you, but I wouldn't be surprised to find out that Shirley Bassey was an influence on Pee Wee's singing style.
Great song, great album.  A few other ones RP should add to their playlist.... at minimum  On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
nice to hear Shirley again, great voice....{#Dance}
a powerful funky groovy song
cool too 
{#Bananasplit}Perfect wakeup music! {#Bananasplit}
LOVE Shirley Bassey, but this just doesn't work for me.... I HATE that!
 
{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}
Shirley Bassey, I love you.  ("That's Dame Shirley Bassey to you, unclehud.  And stop calling me.")

Dame Shirley Bassey
Where's that dancing cat?
 GarageDragon wrote:
Is it just me or does she sound a bit like Peewee Herman?
 
totally
Is it just me or does she sound a bit like Peewee Herman?
..how could y'all let me rate this one at only a 7-?!?..i'm very disappointed in you folks..9, minimum..

:P
 Hannio wrote:


My daughter has perfect pitch.  Which is good since she is a middle school choir teacher.
 
bet it is often torture for her too though.
Wanna dance!
I miss a lot this band, the album is a great big-beat example
damn, i love this one! a great groove.
 
.....to say it with romeo´....
....everybody in my head is dancing......smiley
I like that song. {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Motor}{#Bananajam}
Could not possibly say why, but I kinda like this.........{#Drummer}

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpqYPBi6iHI        The original Black & White take..


That little baby scratch with the horn sample during the chorus gets me every time!  Damn these guys were top notch! {#Propeller}

Using a "core" bouncy ball as my desk chair. This song is perfection! :)
 arserocket wrote:
Wow - this keeps me right in the zone when mucking out pigs! 
 

You keep the pigs in your SUV?

And on a different note - Great set, Bill.
Wow - this keeps me right in the zone when mucking out pigs! 
Love, love, love this song!
 SinisterDexter wrote:
Wow, Albert King, followed by Nina Simone, followed by Shirley Bassey. What a set.
 
Yeah!  Wow, I'm loving it.

Bill's ON FIRE this afternoon, just like this album cover!!  Marvin Gaye, Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Tom Petty, rockin' Cowboy Junkies, Jeff Beck, and now this!  schweet ...


Goldfinger meets Ocean's 11. Love it. 
Wow, Albert King, followed by Nina Simone, followed by Shirley Bassey. What a set.
Something About Mary.
Loved this song then and glad to hear it so long later here.
 
Top tune. Takes me back. Pretty decent album too. two thumbs up.
Love the James Bond Goldfinger song!
Sure is fun ain't it
Shirley Bassey has some serious pipes...
 Cynaera wrote:
Actually, she's right on key - it's the vibrato in her voice that throws people off.  She hits the note, but her vibrato goes about a quarter-note above and below the note, so it's really distracting. (True confession: I was told by my music teacher that I had perfect pitch. I didn't know what that was, so he said, "Hum what you think is a middle C." I shrugged and hummed, and then he hit a middle "C" on the piano, and the tones matched. I'm pretty sure I couldn't do it now, but back when I was younger and less jaded, all things seemed possible.)  Shirley Bassey reaffirms my faith in the human voice, and the power of discernment.
 

My daughter has perfect pitch.  Which is good since she is a middle school choir teacher.
OMG - I knew I recognized that voice! Sublime.
Such an unlikely combination that works so perfectly.
Great tune, big vocals, perfect for a Friday
Funky and fun.

{#Tongue}
 Alexandra wrote:

This song just makes me want to put on a mini-skirt and long white go-go boots and dance on some high-up platform in a trendy retro jazz nightclub.


 

hey don't let us stop you...
 Alexandra wrote:

This song just makes me want to put on a mini-skirt and long white go-go boots and dance on some high-up platform in a trendy retro jazz nightclub.


 
Please, only as long as you can still kick it! ;)

This song just makes me want to put on a mini-skirt and long white go-go boots and dance on some high-up platform in a trendy retro jazz nightclub.


ah, a groove to make my day.

 crockydile wrote:

Keep eating out, watching TiVo and listening to your iPod, everything is fine....{#Rolleyes}
 

So,  you mean to say we should chop off Steve Jobs' head with a guillotine?   A show trial for Jose Andres?
I'm not joking...and don't call me Shirley..
That old Hammond ....
Sounds like something from a 60's James Bond movie.
 hippiechick wrote:
So sick of this song, and she sings so off key, it drives me mad!
  Actually, she's right on key - it's the vibrato in her voice that throws people off.  She hits the note, but her vibrato goes about a quarter-note above and below the note, so it's really distracting. (True confession: I was told by my music teacher that I had perfect pitch. I didn't know what that was, so he said, "Hum what you think is a middle C." I shrugged and hummed, and then he hit a middle "C" on the piano, and the tones matched. I'm pretty sure I couldn't do it now, but back when I was younger and less jaded, all things seemed possible.)  Shirley Bassey reaffirms my faith in the human voice, and the power of discernment.


Groooooovy. Shirley is wonderful.
So sick of this song, and she sings so off key, it drives me mad!
 cc_rider wrote:

I'll take a free bottle in front of me, thanks.
 
Mister Wizard!!!
Something about Shirley and that dirty grungy hammond chord strikes.



Something about Shirley
 Cynaera wrote:

It only takes one-eighth of a second for a stingray to incapacitate its prey. Guessing that's the same amount of time for you to get bored with a song.  Um, and sorry about your whatever not working anymore. I recommend B6, Viagra, Alka-Seltzer, or a pre-frontal lobotomy.

 
{#Roflol}{#Clap} Nice troll squashing. I'd sure like to see you two get together over a beer or five - that would be a combustible, but perhaps surprisingly compatible, combination :o)


I'd like to hear her do a duet of this , or something, with Bjork.
I think that would be awesome - two contrasting growling women.{#Angel} 
Just for grins I got this on vinyl. Now I've got a pretty decent rig, which includes a Rotel turntable and Shure V15 VmX cartridge, and it takes a lot to rattle it. Well, this album has so much bass dialed into it that during this cut—whoops! There goes the tone arm! No the LP wasn't warped, just chock full of LF mischief. Amazing. Great album BTW.
This one is worthy of the attention of the intelligent minority.
 Cynaera wrote:

It only takes one-eighth of a second for a stingray to incapacitate its prey. Guessing that's the same amount of time for you to get bored with a song.  Um, and sorry about your whatever not working anymore. I recommend B6, Viagra, Alka-Seltzer, or a pre-frontal lobotomy.

 
I'll take a free bottle in front of me, thanks.

This kinda sucks.
 Stingray wrote:
Does not work any more!
 
It only takes one-eighth of a second for a stingray to incapacitate its prey. Guessing that's the same amount of time for you to get bored with a song.  Um, and sorry about your whatever not working anymore. I recommend B6, Viagra, Alka-Seltzer, or a pre-frontal lobotomy.

 snowcat wrote:

An actual terrestrial radio station played this??  That can't be.  They are only for commercials, gangsta rap and American Idol.

 
KCRW (Santa Monica, CA) is one of those oddball public radio stations that plays Good Music.  WFUV (New York), KXT (Dallas), and KEXP (Seattle) are also some good ones.

 Dillinquent wrote:
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Haaaa - great idea!

Fits perfectly - indeed!
COMPLIMENT!
 Stingray wrote:
Does not work any more!
 

For me, it's a classic of its own kind. Thus, it still works very well indeed for me.
Does not work any more!
A genuine solid gold vocal talent. One of a small handful of truly unique singers that is.instantly recognizable.
 Cynaera wrote:
Something about Shirley Bassey's voice makes me crazy. In a good way. I wanna go out and get rid of all the bad guys and dangle on a thin cable from the top of a skyscraper and kiss King Kong on the nose and maybe hang-glide away from everything and land on a desert island with rum buried in a cellar...
 
{#Roflol} {#Clap}
 Cynaera wrote:
Ms. Bassey has aged wonderfully - her voice is just as strong as ever, and is even more playful (is that possible?!) Joining forces with the Propellerheads ("Take California") was a stroke of genius.  I love this song - it just makes me grin like an idiot. (Which, I guess, isn't such a stretch, since I AM sort of an idiot...) {#Roflol}
 
Very well said {#Dancingbanana}This song is a gem, and showcases her beautifully.

Ms. Bassey has aged wonderfully - her voice is just as strong as ever, and is even more playful (is that possible?!) Joining forces with the Propellerheads ("Take California") was a stroke of genius.  I love this song - it just makes me grin like an idiot. (Which, I guess, isn't such a stretch, since I AM sort of an idiot...) {#Roflol}
Haven't thought of Burly Chassis in eons.
Good job by the Propheads.
I shirley like this!  
 ubuntourist wrote:
"This should be a Bond movie theme or something".  
Yes! )) without «or something»

 Pharlap wrote:
Shirley Bassey, is mostly known for "Goldfinger" but this one is very cool. Play it more often, please
 
Ahh. That explains it.  It was the first time I'd heard it and I kept thinking "This should be a Bond movie theme or something". 
Groovy!!
 dmax wrote:
This was on KCRW yesterday and I CRANKED IT UP. So good to hear again. Loved it when it first came out, love it now.

 
An actual terrestrial radio station played this??  That can't be.  They are only for commercials, gangsta rap and American Idol.

{#Propeller} rock!

Shirley Bassey, is mostly known for "Goldfinger" but this one is very cool. Play it more often, please

This was on KCRW yesterday and I CRANKED IT UP. So good to hear again. Loved it when it first came out, love it now.

 Cynaera wrote:
Something about Shirley Bassey's voice makes me crazy. In a good way. 
 
here, here!
Something about Shirley Bassey's voice makes me crazy. In a good way. I wanna go out and get rid of all the bad guys and dangle on a thin cable from the top of a skyscraper and kiss King Kong on the nose and maybe hang-glide away from everything and land on a desert island with rum buried in a cellar...

She's rather awesome - my parents hated her music, but that's not why I love it. I love it because it just resonates in my heart and soul. This song is the best of two worlds, combined. Yum. Times ten.


One of the top ten female voices alive today. Shirley Bassey is Queen!
Yeah, this is in my list...
OMG, what a VOICE.
 MM13 wrote:
Music is great, but the voice makes it .... weird. A bit like Pavarotti singing popmusic, which apparently was highly popular, but not for everyone's taste
 

I think that's why I like it so much.  It's unexpected and awesome.  Funky juxtaposition.  I'm not sure if I would think the same if I ever heard Pavarotti singing pop music, though.
Ok, I've never heard this before...  This is some dirty dirty awesomeness.


Groovalicious all the way.


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Goldfrigger! Shirley rocks!

 
twitterpated wrote:
Damn but I like this song!!
 


Damn but I like this song!!
{#Bananasplit}