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THE MOLE & ELIF BICER’S PLAYLIST

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Hennessy artistry brings you, our music loving fans a special treat – Canadian-born, Berlin resident, The Mole (Colin de la Plante) and Ostgut Ton artist, singer Elif Biçer compiled this really personal playlist, sitting together at their studio in Berlin, picking their personal favourites from 1975-1977. Enjoy this trip down memory lane and a glimpse of what’s in store for you next weekend.

 

America – Horse With No Name

I remember hearing this song on the radio when I was a kid. It took me years to figure out who the band was or maybe it took me years to care enough to find out and remember. This was probably because this song was always around, almost ubiquitous, and so I took it for granted. It reminds me of summer somehow but I’m not sure why…

 

 

Tower of Power – Only So Much Oil in the Ground

 

A song that is still relevant, I clearly remember it was the first full horn section funk band I’d heard, and I couldn’t understand it. It was funky and so heavy. I was about 18 and the acid jazz thing was hitting my town in a nice way. DJs like John the Baptist and Tyger Dhula were killing the clubs (all with great names such as Souled Out, Funky Chicken, Bosshog’s Dirty Dugout and House Party) with songs like this.

 

 

Led Zeppelin – The Wanton Song

 

Zeppelin and Hendrix were really popular in my high school. I never owned this album but a guy who lived down the hall did. He was really into the classic rock. He had band flags all over his walls, covering his neon light and windows; they were everywhere. And his hair was exactly as long as it was allowed to be. Now that I think back, his wardrobe style is really popular these days – blue jeans, plaids, and cowboy boots.

 

 

Jackson 5 – Show You the Way To Go

 

There is a superb edit of this on ‘This is It’, the movie that came out after Michael Jackson died. What an amazing song, it’s so lush. This video was filmed in Germany and boy do they look hot in those suits. I mean hot, like, good, not like spicy, except Tito perhaps. He’s got that spice in his eye on this one.

 

 

Marvin Gaye – I Want You

 

I feel silly writing anything about this song. It truly speaks for itself. This is a nice rehearsal version – Marvin on his game, chilling on the couch. The clip is reported to be from the documentary, Searching Soul, which followed Marvin around Gelgium, when he was hiding out there, getting his shit together, building up his comeback. There are some more really great scenes in that documentary. It’s definitely worth seeking out.

 

 

Bad Company – Feel Like Making Love

 

This song is another big one from the AM dial of my youth. You can still catch it on the Labour Day weekend specials in Canada. I read somewhere that it is one of the top 100 rock tunes of all time, pretty sure my mom couldn’t sing along with it, but I can remember air guitaring to it.

 

 

Minnie Riperton – Inside My Love

 

This is the sex song of the list. Is it quiet storm? I’m not qualified to say, but it sure feels good. My neighbour Nathan Johnson says it’s creamy.

 

 

The Meters – Fire on the Bayou

 

The Meters…New Orleans…The Heaviest: I’m not sure what else I can say. We love these guys at my house. We absolutely love ‘em.

 

 

The Grateful Dead – The Music Never Stopped

 

I figured we should have a Grateful Dead song on here. I was telling Elif about them on the ride to get our visas for India. It always surprises me how many Europeans have never heard of the Dead, let alone the whole Deadhead scene.

 

 

Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey

 

We thought it would be nice to end this list with some reggae, from 1975, of course. The album and the title track recorded after it is named after the Jamaican National Hero and Rastafari movement prophet Marcus Garvey.

 

 



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