Monster Mish-Mash

Since I was not able to do a music post this morning, I am instead sharing our friend David’s Saturday music treats! He’s done a great mix today, one that will brighten your day and give you something to sing about! Thanks, David!

The BUTHIDARS

Or, where my mind takes me. And for a start it takes me back to an old favourite straight away. Let’s slip back to 1973.

Dobie Grey- Drift Away.

Back to 1968 now and a truly unusual record.

Sly and the family Stone – Everyday People

1985 next finds one of my favourite groups outside Motown in action.

Commodores- Nightshift

I’m getting almost modern now with a single from 1978. Bob Segar is a World Class writer and performer. Here he is with his Silver Bullet Band.

Bob Segar- Hollywood Nights

Finally, from 1985 I bring you a man whom some say the word conceited was written. Well, judging by some of his partners I’d say he has every right. But, and this is the important bit. He’s hugely talented and this single was what blew me away when I first heard it. Simply Red with Holding Back the Years…

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♫ If You Don’t Know Me By Now ♫

It’s funny, but the last time I played this, back in July 2019, I was feeling almost exactly as I am tonight, when I once again seize on this song to bring a bit of relaxation, a reprieve from the angst.  The difference tonight is that I am playing both versions … last time, I was too tired and played only the Simply Red version, but frankly, I like Harold Melvin’s at least as much.  So, sit back and listen to da tunes and let your worries and your cares fade away, if only for a few minutes.


Those of you who write about the serious topics, the heartbreaking things … you know how sometimes you write a post and it just takes everything out of you.  When you hit that “schedule” or “publish” button, you feel drained, exhausted, empty.  So, here I was feeling just that way, and I went into my file of music notes and ideas, and the first one I saw was this, by Simply Red.  It immediately replaced the sadness in my … head?  … heart?  Wherever that sadness was, the music took it away, so this is the song of the day!

A couple of weeks ago I did another song by Simply Red, Holding Back the Years, in which I explained … or tried to explain … my confusion over whether this was a group or a person.  Turns out it was both, but since we’ve already had that discussion, I won’t bore you with a re-hashing.  But, I will say I encountered even more confusion with this song, for while I have never heard of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and when I put the title of this song into SongFacts, it kept trying to tell me that was who did the song.  Sigh.  Why is nothing ever simple?

Anyway, turns out that Harold and his gang of blue notes did record this song first, in 1971.  Now, how Harold et al managed to fly under my radar I’ll never know.  I figured they were likely from the UK, one of those bands that didn’t really do well in the U.S., but no, they were from Philadelphia.  And they were R&B, one of my most favourite genres.  So, I either slept through it all or my memory banks dumped Harold and the gang.  Moving on …

This song was written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and as I noted, first recorded by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.  It did well enough, reaching #9 in the UK, #3 in the U.S.  But then, along come Simply Red who covered it in 1989, and it rose to even greater heights … #1 in the U.S., #2 in the UK, and #3 in Canada.

The song was originally written for Labelle, a trio led by Patti LaBelle, but they never recorded it.

If You Don’t Know Me by Now
Simply Red

If you don’t know me by now
You will never never never know me

All the things that we’ve been through
You should understand me like I understand you
Now girl I know the difference between right and wrong
I ain’t gonna do nothing to break up our happy home
Oh don’t get so excited when I come home a little late at night
Cause we only act like children when we argue fuss and fight

If you don’t know me by now (If you don’t know me)
You will never never never know me (No you won’t)
If you don’t know me by now
You will never never never know me

We’ve all got our own funny moods
I’ve got mine, woman you’ve got yours too
Just trust in me like I trust in you
As long as we’ve been together it should be so easy to do
Just get yourself together or we might as well say goodbye
What good is a love affair when you can’t see eye to eye, oh

If you don’t know me by now (If you don’t know me)
You will never never never know me (No you won’t)
If you don’t know me by now (You will never never never know me)
You will never never never know me (ooh)

Songwriters: Kenneth Gamble / Leon Huff
If You Don’t Know Me by Now lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

♫ Holding Back The Years ♫

Another redux tonight … sorry, folks, but I promised this one a few nights ago and am just now getting to it, for I kept getting sidetracked with other songs, like last night’s Baker Street. 


I was chatting with a dear friend from across the pond this evening, and we were talking about music, about how some songs traveled across the pond and became hits in both the UK and the U.S., while others that we never heard of here in the U.S., were big hits all across Europe.  What makes the difference?  Marketing surely plays a role, but what else?  Anyway, he tossed out a few titles to see if I knew them.  Turned out I did know 3 of the 5 he mentioned, and had, in fact, already played 2 of those 3 here on ye olde blog.  That left one that I knew and loved, and so tonight, we indulge in a bit of Simply Red!

Now, you guys already know that I am way outclassed when I’m talking music with any one of you, right?  Keith, Cheryl, David … Scott and rawgod for sure … most of you know a lot more than I do about bands, artists, and songs … I just know what I like, what stirs one emotion or another in me.  Thus, though this song takes me way back and I have always liked what I consider the slow, sensuous tone of it, and even though Simply Red has another that I like even more (I’m not telling which, for you’re gonna see it here in a day or two, but you’re welcome to take a guess) … I had no idea that Simply Red was a person, and not a group.  As my daughter used to say a lot … “Duh, Grannie”.

So, it turns out that Simply Red is Mick Hucknall, and Simply Red came about because of his red hair.  If I were to decide to become a singer at this late stage of the game, I guess I would be “Weirdly Grey”!  Hmmmm … 🤔 … 🤔 … OH WAIT!!!  People run for the exits when I start to sing!  The girls don their headphones.  The moggies run for cover!  I cannot sing!  How could I forget?

I did not find much background on this song, other than that Hucknall wrote it in his bedroom in his father’s house while still a teenager.  The song charted at #2 in Mick’s homeland, the UK, and #1 in the U.S.

Holding Back the Years
Simply Red

Holding back the years
Thinking of the fear I’ve had so long
When somebody hears
Listen to the fear that’s gone
Strangled by the wishes of pater
Hoping for the arms of mater
Get to me the sooner or later

Holding back the tears
Chance for me to escape from all I know
Holding back the tears
‘Cause nothing here has grown
I’ve wasted all my tears
Wasted all those years
Nothing had the chance to be good
Nothing ever could, yeah

I’ll keep holding on
I’ll keep holding on
I’ll keep holding on
I’ll keep holding on, so tight

Well I’ve wasted all my tears
Wasted all of those years
And nothing had the chance to be good
‘Cause nothing ever could

I’ll keep holding on
I’ll keep holding on
I’ll keep holding on
I’ll keep holding on

Holding
Holding
Holding
Holding

I said

It’s all I have today
It’s all I have to say

Songwriters: Mick Hucknall / Neil Moss
Holding Back the Years lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management

♫ If You Don’t Know Me By Now ♫

Those of you who write about the serious topics, the heartbreaking things … you know how sometimes you write a post and it just takes everything out of you.  When you hit that “schedule” or “publish” button, you feel drained, exhausted, empty.  So, here I was feeling just that way, and I went into my file of music notes and ideas, and the first one I saw was this, by Simply Red.  It immediately replaced the sadness in my … head?  … heart?  Wherever that sadness was, the music took it away, so this is the song of the day!

A couple of weeks ago I did another song by Simply Red, Holding Back the Years, in which I explained … or tried to explain … my confusion over whether this was a group or a person.  Turns out it was both, but since we’ve already had that discussion, I won’t bore you with a re-hashing.  But, I will say I encountered even more confusion with this song, for while I have never heard of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and when I put the title of this song into SongFacts, it kept trying to tell me that was who did the song.  Sigh.  Why is nothing ever simple?

Anyway, turns out that Harold and his gang of blue notes did record this song first, in 1971.  Now, how Harold et al managed to fly under my radar I’ll never know.  I figured they were likely from the UK, one of those bands that didn’t really do well in the U.S., but no, they were from Philadelphia.  And they were R&B, one of my most favourite genres.  So, I either slept through it all or my memory banks dumped Harold and the gang.  Moving on …

This song was written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and as I noted, first recorded by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.  It did well enough, reaching #9 in the UK, #3 in the U.S.  But then, along come Simply Red who covered it in 1989, and it rose to even greater heights … #1 in the U.S., #2 in the UK, and #3 in Canada.

The song was originally written for Labelle, a trio led by Patti LaBelle, but they never recorded it.

If You Don’t Know Me by Now
Simply Red

If you don’t know me by now
You will never never never know me

All the things that we’ve been through
You should understand me like I understand you
Now girl I know the difference between right and wrong
I ain’t gonna do nothing to break up our happy home
Oh don’t get so excited when I come home a little late at night
Cause we only act like children when we argue fuss and fight

If you don’t know me by now (If you don’t know me)
You will never never never know me (No you won’t)
If you don’t know me by now
You will never never never know me

We’ve all got our own funny moods
I’ve got mine, woman you’ve got yours too
Just trust in me like I trust in you
As long as we’ve been together it should be so easy to do
Just get yourself together or we might as well say goodbye
What good is a love affair when you can’t see eye to eye, oh

If you don’t know me by now (If you don’t know me)
You will never never never know me (No you won’t)
If you don’t know me by now (You will never never never know me)
You will never never never know me (ooh)

Songwriters: Kenneth Gamble / Leon Huff
If You Don’t Know Me by Now lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

♫ Holding Back The Years ♫

I was chatting with a dear friend from across the pond this evening, and we were talking about music, about how some songs traveled across the pond and became hits in both the UK and the U.S., while others that we never heard of here in the U.S., were big hits all across Europe.  What makes the difference?  Marketing surely plays a role, but what else?  Anyway, he tossed out a few titles to see if I knew them.  Turned out I did know 3 of the 5 he mentioned, and had, in fact, already played 2 of those 3 here on ye olde blog.  That left one that I knew and loved, and so tonight, we indulge in a bit of Simply Red!

Now, you guys already know that I am way outclassed when I’m talking music with any one of you, right?  Keith, Cheryl, David … Scott and rawgod for sure … most of you know a lot more than I do about bands, artists, and songs … I just know what I like, what stirs one emotion or another in me.  Thus, though this song takes me way back and I have always liked what I consider the slow, sensuous tone of it, and even though Simply Red has another that I like even more (I’m not telling which, for you’re gonna see it here in a day or two, but you’re welcome to take a guess) … I had no idea that Simply Red was a person, and not a group.  As my daughter used to say a lot … “Duh, Grannie”.

So, it turns out that Simply Red is Mick Hucknall, and Simply Red came about because of his red hair.  If I were to decide to become a singer at this late stage of the game, I guess I would be “Weirdly Grey”!  Hmmmm … 🤔 … 🤔 … OH WAIT!!!  People run for the exits when I start to sing!  The girls don their headphones.  The moggies run for cover!  I cannot sing!  How could I forget?

I did not find much background on this song, other than that Hucknall wrote it in his bedroom in his father’s house while still a teenager.  The song charted at #2 in Mick’s homeland, the UK, and #1 in the U.S.

Holding Back the Years
Simply Red

Holding back the years
Thinking of the fear I’ve had so long
When somebody hears
Listen to the fear that’s gone
Strangled by the wishes of pater
Hoping for the arms of mater
Get to me the sooner or later

Holding back the tears
Chance for me to escape from all I know
Holding back the tears
‘Cause nothing here has grown
I’ve wasted all my tears
Wasted all those years
Nothing had the chance to be good
Nothing ever could, yeah

I’ll keep holding on
I’ll keep holding on
I’ll keep holding on
I’ll keep holding on, so tight

Well I’ve wasted all my tears
Wasted all of those years
And nothing had the chance to be good
‘Cause nothing ever could

I’ll keep holding on
I’ll keep holding on
I’ll keep holding on
I’ll keep holding on

Holding
Holding
Holding
Holding

I said

It’s all I have today
It’s all I have to say

Songwriters: Mick Hucknall / Neil Moss
Holding Back the Years lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management