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Hoses of the Holy in the Parallel Universe

March 22, 2006

The Proper Stranger - remix

I always had a bit of a thing for Natalie Wood, especially in her 1963-4 heyday, when she was - fact! - among the world's biggest box office stars.

Quite an impressive CV, our Natalie. Miracle on 34th Street, The Searchers, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story, Splendour in the Grass, Love With the Proper Stranger... all before she was 25 years old. Not to mention, Sex and the Single Girl, which can be very funny if you're in the right mood. She appeared in films with (deep breath) John Wayne, James Dean, Warren Beatty, Steve McQueen, Robert Redford, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.

When she made Love with the Proper Stranger with Mr McQueen in 1963, they were the world's biggest box office stars. It's a great film, too.

Anyway, she was the inspiration for a couple of my early songs, this one in particular, which is another one from the 1984 sessions. You might enjoy this if you too like Natalie Wood. We had a lot of fun doing it, and Curly's lead guitar at the end is wonderful (he did it even better live).

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  • Bloody hell you've managed to clean that up well! A 22 year old 4-track recording!

    Lovely light lead guitar there as you say.

    Never knew you were a secret Nick Heyward fan, Rob. Which reminds me: I'd always wanted to do a cover of Haircut 100's Lemon Fire Brigade.

    Finally. MMmmmmmmm... Natalie Wood.....

    By Blogger SimonHolyHoses, at 3:18 am  

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