Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air" (1969)

Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air" (Billboard #120, re-entered 10/24/70). Written by Speedy Keen. Produced by Pete Townshend. 45: "Something in the Air"/"Wilhelmina" (Track 1969). LPs: The Magic Christian (Pye 1970); Hollywood Dream (Track 1970); The Strawberry Statement (MGM 1970).

British trio Thunderclap Newman's now frequently-licensed "Something in the Air" had been a 1969 summertime #1 single in the UK. Its appearance in the Magic Christian film (starring Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers) helped the record reach #37 in the US that year, while its placement on the Strawberry Statement soundtrack, accompanying scenes of protagonist Simon overlooking the city, lifted it up again for a chart encore at #120.

Most of the media placements for "Something in the Air" don't make room for the distinctive piano solo played by the band's namesake, the pipe-smoking Andy "Thunderclap" Newman. Lead vocalist Speedy Kean wrote the A side, while the B side, written by Newman, is a British music hall castaway reminiscent of "Come Josephine in My Flying Machine." The group's guitarist, Jimmy McCulloch, played with Paul McCartney and Wings from 1974 to 1976.

A side: Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air"
B side: Thunderclap Newman - "Wilhelmina" (written by Andy Newman)

See also: Chart Song Cinema: The Strawberry Statement (1970)

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