Pipped At The Post

Jools Updated

The third episode of Season 35 of Later…with Jools Holland goes out on BBC 2 this Tuesday and Friday as usual. I’m looking forward to seeing American soul band Gladys Knight & the Pips, whose most famous song is Midnight Train to Georgia. The title is not completely accurate, of course, as there never was a nighttime service from Los Angeles to Georgia. In fact, the song began life as Midnight Plane to Houston and had been inspired by actress Farah Fawcett’s red eye flights from fellow actor Lee Major’s home in Los Angeles to her family residence in Texas. The band’s version was their first and only US number one in 1973 and a top ten hit in the UK three years later. Daddy Could Swear, I Declare also made the US Top 20 in 1973. The Duke & the King is a New York quartet fronted by former member of The Felice Brothers, Simone Felice. I like what I’ve heard and I look forward to hearing them play a couple of songs from Nothing Gold Can Stay (2009). The Cribs, an English quartet that feature a set of twins, their brother and Johnny Marr on guitar, will be promoting their fourth album, Ignore the Ignorant. Another English four-piece, The xx, will perform songs from their self-titled debut. Finally, this week’s shows include a couple of singers who specialise in the genre of popular music. I’m looking forward to seeing Shakira and Mika as their appearances should afford me the opportunity to make a cup of tea or use the bathroom. I’ve included covers of these two singers’ most famous songs as well as covers and originals by the rest of this week’s guests

Daddy Could Swear, I Declare – Gladys Knight & the Pips

Water Spider – The Duke & the King

Modern Way (Kaiser Chiefs cover) – The Cribs

Hot Like Fire (Aaliyah cover) – The xx

Wherever, Whenever (Shakira cover) – Mundy

Grace Kelly (Mika cover) – VoiceWorks