The Mixtures – The Pushbike Song

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[In English at the end. Take me there!]

small_espana-sin-escudo101687_resizeCuando los músicos australianos Terry Dean y Rod De Clerk conocieron a Laurie Arthur, tras una jam session decidieron formar una banda juntos: The Mixtures. Y en 1970 crearon nuestra entrada de hoy de Clicks, crujidos, chirridos, traqueteos y otros ruidos de la bici: The Pushbike Song.

En 1970, The Mixtures grabaron una versión del “In the Summertime” de Mungo Jerry y —como resultado de un boicot de las cadenas de radio australianas hacia la música de las grandes discográficas— recibieron una cuota de antena inusitada para un grupete de una discográfica menor con lo que su single se colocó durante seis semanas en el número 1 de las listas en Australia. Y consecuentemente, su siguiente single “The Pushbike Song“, que guarda un innegable parecido con “In the Summertime” (por no decir que es un auténtico y descarado plagio), se volvió a colocar en el Number 1 en Australia y alcanzó  el 2º puesto en la UK Singles Chart.

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Caratula española del single de The Mixtures – The Pushbike Song (Polidor 1971)

Para los que no lo sepan ‘pushbike‘ es un nombre informal para la bicicleta a la que también se  nombró como ‘pedal bike‘ o ‘pedal cycle‘. Al final del post os dejo la letra del tema.

El video musical a continuación fue grabado en B/N en 1970 y nos muestra a la banda y sus amigos montando sus bicis por Melbourne. Aparecen patinadores, bicis de todos tipos (incluso un biciclo o penny-farthing), un tandem…

El segundo video es de su actuación en el exitoso programa de la BBC Top of the Pops. Se ve claramente que es un playback pero el interés radica en ver a las muchachitas bailando y al sátiro Jimmy Savile tirándoles los tejos en el minuto 1’40”.



small_english_resizeWhen Australian musicians Terry Dean and Rod De Clerk met Laurie Arthur, decided to form a band together: The Mixtures. And in 1970 published today’s entry at Clicks, Squeaks, Crackles, Rattles and Other Bike Noises: The Pushbike Song.

The Mixtures recorded a cover of Mungo Jerry‘s “In the Summertime” and —as a result of the 1970 radio ban, during which many Australian radio stations refused to play Australian and British music released by major labels— received much more airplay than had initially been expected for a group on a small record label. The single went to #1 in Australia for six weeks. They followed up with “The Pushbike Song” (produced by David Mackay, and such a plagiarism of In the Summertime that makes me laugh), which went to #1 in Australia for two weeks, hit #2 in the UK Singles Chart.

Lyrics:

Ridin’ along on my pushbike, honey.
When I noticed you.
Ridin’ downtown in a hurry, honey,
Down South Avenue.

You looked so pretty as you were ridin’ along.
You looked so pretty as you were singing this song.

Well, I put on the speed,
And I tried catching up,
But you were pedaling harder too.
Ridin’ along like a hurricane, honey,
Spinning out of view.

You looked so pretty as you were ridin’ along.
You looked so pretty as you were singing this song.
Sing a song!

A-round, round, wheels goin’ round round round.
Down up pedals, down up down.
But I gotta get across to the other side of town,
Before the sun goes down. Hey, hey!

Now we’re riding along on the bicycle, honey.
That’s a bicycle built for two.
A-lookin’ at my honey in the rearview mirror;
Now I got a better view.

You looked so pretty as you were ridin’ along.
You looked so pretty as you were singing this song.
Sing a song!

A-round, round, wheels goin’ round round round.
Down up pedals, down up down.
But I gotta get across to the other side of town,
Before the sun goes down. Hey, hey

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