Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

The Persistence of Memory (1931) - Salvadore Dali
Salvadore Dali‘s The Persistence of Memory (1931)

Tomorrow is the last Sunday in March which means the beginning of Irish Standard Time, British Summer Time and Daylight Saving Time in most of Europe. Effectively, this means that all clocks in Europe will go forward by one hour at 1.00am on Sunday morning and this will last until October 25th. It’s a form of daylight saving time and its purpose is to add an hour of sunlight to the evening and to remove an hour of sunlight from the morning. While it means that you’ll have an extra hour in bed in October it also means that you’ll have an hour less in bed in the morning. Unless, of course, you forget to move your clocks forward and you’ll be an hour late for your first appointment of the day. Here are a some timely tunes to make you rock around the clock

Booker T & the MGs were the house band for many of the hits that came out of Stax Records in the 60s and 70s. They can be heard on hits by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Sam & Dave, amongst others. They also had a number of hits in their own right of which Green Onions is their most famous. Time is Tight is also well-known and is a nice example of Booker T Jones’ trademark organ-playing. I saw the band perform in the 90s when they backed Neil Young on one of his tours. And Booker T has been joined by Neil Young again as well as by the Drive-Bt-Truckers for a new album that will be released in a few weeks and it’s called Potato Hole

Time is Tight – Booker T & the MGs

I’ve also seen Richie Havens on a couple of occasions and I was fortunate to hear his marvellous renditions of songs by The Beatles and Bob Dylan. I really like his reading of Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’, which originally appeared as the title track of Bob’s album from 1964. This song has been covered many times by everyone from Simon & Garfunkel to The Byrds to Nina Simone. It was quickly taken up by the civil rights movement in the USA throughout the sixties. In 1994, however, Richie Havens’ version was used by an accounting firm for its advertising campaign. More recently, Dylan’s original was used quite brilliantly over an opening montage from the film, Watchmen

The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Bob Dylan cover) – Richie Havens

Dylan also wrote Tomorrow Is a Long Time, which was first recorded by Ian & Sylvie in 1964 and also by Odetta in 1965. Apparently, one of Dylan’s favourite versions of his songs is the one by Elvis Presley, who recorded it for his 1966 film, Spinout. Dylan’s original version of the song would not appear on an official release until 1971

Tomorrow is a Long Time (Bob Dylan cover) – Elvis Presley

My Favourite Waste of Time is the title track of Freedy Johnson’s recent covers album. The song was originally recorded by Marshall Crenshaw, although most people remember it as a hit for Owen Paul in 1986. The Glaswegian singer reached number three on the charts but never attained this level of success again. I’m sure he won’t see it as time wasted, though

(You’re My) Favourite Waste of Time (Marshall Crenshaw cover) – Freedy Johnson

I first came across Sheffield-born Richard Hawley in 2006 when his album Coles Corner (2005) was one of the contenders for that year’s Mercury Music Prize. It was won that year by his fellow Sheffielders, The Arctic Monkeys, who introduced their acceptance speech by proclaiming, “Someone call 999; Richard Hawley’s been robbed.” Hawley had previously played with the bands Longpigs and Pulp. It was at Jarvis Cocker’s insistence that Hawley recorded his own material and in 2001 seven of his songs appeared on his eponymous mini album on Setanta Records. Time Has Made a Change is one of those tunes and it’s a fine example of his trebly guitar style and baritone voice

Time Has Made a Change – Richard Hawley