Listen -Lulu – Love Loves to Love Love – MP3
I hope everyone out there had an excellent weekend, and is ready to ingest something strong to get the week started.
The tune I bring you today is an old fave, and something that I might have very well posted over at Funky16Corners (I’ve spun it during funk sets), Lulu’s ‘Love Loves to Love Love’.
Lulu is one of those artists who’s 60s work is assumed by many to be restricted to ‘To Sir With Love’, but those in the know will be familiar with her earlier R&B oriented work. The fact of the matter is that Lulu recorded enough hard edged, soulful stuff that she ought to be mentioned in the same breath as Dusty Springfield as the semi-official UK white girl who could bring the heat.
Today’s selection is a kicker, with a soul edge, hard (very hard) drums and just the tiniest hint of freakbeat running underneath.
‘Love Loves to Love Love’ was one of several 1967 singles collected on LPs in the US (Sings To Sir With Love) and the UK (Love Loves to Love Lulu) and is really something of a lost classic.
As I mentioned before, the drums are decidedly next level (I wish I knew who was playing) and Lulu’s soulful vocal, and the fuzz guitar make it into a killer.
Produced by Mickie Most (and arranged by John Paul Jones!) , and written by Estelle Levitt* and Don Thomas (who had written material for Hermans Hermits, The Seekers and Chad and Jeremy among others) “Love Loves to Love’ was a Top 40 hit in the UK, and was later sampled by Fatboy Slim in his song ‘Santa Cruz’.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back later in the week with something cool.
*Levitt also co-wrote ‘All I Know Is the Way I Feel’ with Jerry Ragavoy. The tune was recorded by both Irma Thomas and the Pointer Sisters.