Vera Lynn Classic or Dud

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Shine on harvest moon?

Mike Hanley, Friday, 10 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

remember how she said that we would meet again, some sunne y day?

Geoff, Friday, 10 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

The forces' sweetheart, eh? Get me a medium and we'll call up my grandad and ask him what he thinks. He was never very impressed, to say the least...

DG, Friday, 10 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

'We'll Meet Again' by The Byrds = classic.

Andrew L, Saturday, 11 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Dunno, but I luv the Andrews Sisters, esp. "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree"

dave q, Saturday, 11 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"We'll Meet Again" by The Byrds is a weird thing.

I was amazed to find out she's still alive - she cropped up in the news just recently to comment on something or other.

Tom, Saturday, 11 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"Vrea Lynn Vera Lynn, down I spiral down I spin" Robyn Hitcock

The Toffee Focker, Saturday, 11 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Brief clip of her on Kevin Greening's Radio 5 Live show this afternoon within two minutes of a brief clip of Roots Manuva. These must surely be the last days ...

Robin Carmody, Monday, 13 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

twelve years pass...

we'll meet again

macklemore looks something like you (unregistered), Saturday, 12 July 2014 19:28 (five years ago) link

Some sunny day

Don't Want To Know If Only You Were Lonely (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 July 2014 19:38 (five years ago) link

three months pass...
two months pass...
seven months pass...
five months pass...

she is immortal

small doug yule carnival club (unregistered), Tuesday, 19 January 2016 04:50 (four years ago) link

Apropos, sort of, just saw Noises Off and there is funny joke about someone being like Myra Hess playing through an air raid.

Blecchstar Linus Must Comp (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 19 January 2016 04:57 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Happy 100th birthday, Vera. Can we find at least one actual classic she's made? My grandfather, a traveling entertainer who was conscripted, suffered from shell shock and was an itinerant worker who suffered flashbacks for the rest of his life - he used to say that "everyone hated her" but clearly he wasn't really speaking for "everyone" really.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Monday, 20 March 2017 07:17 (three years ago) link

My grandmother hated her as well. I can remember her saying "sweet-heart of the forces? more like a common old knocker!".

calzino, Monday, 20 March 2017 11:32 (three years ago) link

I can confirm, from my grandparents via my mother, that no-one rated her.

Ongar Is An Energy (Tom D.), Monday, 20 March 2017 11:56 (three years ago) link

*illusions shattered*

Got Your Money Changes Everything (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 March 2017 12:34 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

there will never be another Dame quite like Vera Lynn!

the old rugged crocs (unregistered), Tuesday, 29 August 2017 01:32 (two years ago) link

(who is still very much alive and well at age 100.5 😎)

the old rugged crocs (unregistered), Tuesday, 29 August 2017 01:33 (two years ago) link

ten months pass...
eight months pass...

gutted

lispectah deck (unregistered), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 15:31 (one year ago) link

Ray Vonn
1st March 6:31 am

Vera didn't entertain the troops, keeping their spirits up in testing times just so developers and smarmy Estate agents will come along years later and buy her old gaff up to flatten it and line their own sticky pockets, she will be 101 this month too, she won't be happy.

lispectah deck (unregistered), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 15:32 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

just

hoostanbank de reason lyrics mp4 hd video download (unregistered), Sunday, 22 September 2019 00:40 (eight months ago) link

fyi

hoostanbank de reason lyrics mp4 hd video download (unregistered), Sunday, 22 September 2019 00:41 (eight months ago) link

she's

hoostanbank de reason lyrics mp4 hd video download (unregistered), Sunday, 22 September 2019 00:41 (eight months ago) link

still

hoostanbank de reason lyrics mp4 hd video download (unregistered), Sunday, 22 September 2019 00:41 (eight months ago) link

alive

hoostanbank de reason lyrics mp4 hd video download (unregistered), Sunday, 22 September 2019 00:41 (eight months ago) link

(and mad as hell that she can no longer watch the BBC for free)

hoostanbank de reason lyrics mp4 hd video download (unregistered), Sunday, 22 September 2019 00:45 (eight months ago) link

I really hope I didn't alarm anyone with this revive, as I know she has a substantial following on this board

hoostanbank de reason lyrics mp4 hd video download (unregistered), Sunday, 22 September 2019 00:46 (eight months ago) link

hers is the best version of A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.

fetter, Sunday, 22 September 2019 13:43 (eight months ago) link

B-b-but what about Jane Birkin's mom?

Our Borad Could Be Your Trife (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 September 2019 13:53 (eight months ago) link

six months pass...

someday I'm gonna properly listen to her music and it's gonna be mindblowing and I'm gonna regret all these pointless revives

anatomy of a buttless wonder (unregistered), Sunday, 5 April 2020 13:33 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

She's inescapable today. Anyone would think that she was the only entertainer during WWII, and We'll Meet Again was her only song.

How did this come to be?

Mike Hanley mentioned "Shine on harvest moon?" when he started this thread, but that was 19 years ago.

Grandpont Genie, Friday, 8 May 2020 12:42 (three weeks ago) link

omg she's 103, she'll outlive us all won't she

the fucking cunts treat us like Styx (Matt #2), Friday, 8 May 2020 12:44 (three weeks ago) link

only the purest of evil could live so long imo. I like the Ben Webster/Coleman Hawkins version of harvest moon which is a Bayes/Norworth joint and I think there would be many more famous versions of it than hers in the mid 20th century.

calzino, Friday, 8 May 2020 13:06 (three weeks ago) link

Blimey, she's still alive?

Matt DC, Friday, 8 May 2020 13:10 (three weeks ago) link

Very much so and you've done a better job of avoiding mainstream media today than me, Matt. There can be only one older living famous person in the Anglosphere and that's Olivia de Havilland.

Grandpont Genie, Friday, 8 May 2020 14:30 (three weeks ago) link

going on the doorstep at 9 tonight to shout "ANYBODY GOT ANY VERAS?"

Flaneuring Bevan (Noodle Vague), Friday, 8 May 2020 14:33 (three weeks ago) link

My grandad always said everyone hated Vera Lynn.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 8 May 2020 15:10 (three weeks ago) link

This seems to have been something of a open secret that I only learned through ILX.

My Chess Hustler (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 8 May 2020 15:11 (three weeks ago) link

what about everybody hating Vera Lynn?

Flaneuring Bevan (Noodle Vague), Friday, 8 May 2020 15:16 (three weeks ago) link

My partner's mum was from that era and used to say scornfully "sweetheart of the forces? silly old knocker!"

calzino, Friday, 8 May 2020 15:22 (three weeks ago) link

I can't remember what context it was said in, it might have been because she was on Songs Of Praise or something!

calzino, Friday, 8 May 2020 15:23 (three weeks ago) link

she strikes me as somebody who looked like an establishment shill even at the time

Flaneuring Bevan (Noodle Vague), Friday, 8 May 2020 15:26 (three weeks ago) link

this was in an era when people clearly despised the Conservative party. Maissky said in his dairies when he made an ad hoc address to some working class Londoners sheltering in a tube station they belted out a rendition of The Internationale to pay tribute to him. Communism was still respectable to many of the chattering classes as well. I don't think the lumpen masses liked establishment shills back then.

calzino, Friday, 8 May 2020 15:32 (three weeks ago) link

not in the same lame manner they seem to absolutely fucking love them now, anyways!

calzino, Friday, 8 May 2020 15:36 (three weeks ago) link

too beered up to research now but no real showbiz career outside of that song, just an empty propaganda puppet basically

Flaneuring Bevan (Noodle Vague), Friday, 8 May 2020 15:36 (three weeks ago) link

My grandad always said everyone hated Vera Lynn.

My mum wasn't a teenager until after the war, but her generation had zero interest in any UK entertainers or entertainment, it had to be American or nothing. Vera Lynn? Forget it.

Frank Bough: I Took Drugs with Vice Girls (Tom D.), Friday, 8 May 2020 16:15 (three weeks ago) link

I'm just remembering another reason I hate that song. It was mockingly sung by a load of bluenose bastards last day of the season '01 when Trevor Francis managed them and they relegated Town

calzino, Friday, 8 May 2020 19:12 (three weeks ago) link

cunt team, cunt manager

Flaneuring Bevan (Noodle Vague), Friday, 8 May 2020 19:15 (three weeks ago) link

Vera Lynn is why skiffle had to happen

'rona funeral goes tits up (Matt #2), Friday, 8 May 2020 19:54 (three weeks ago) link

For a time I was in the backing band for a Vera Lynn tribute act who played at the Canadian Legions on Rememberance Day etc. We'll Meet Again is a drag - her worst song- but her broader repertoire had good songs in it imo. Or at least they were fun to play. During her career the song she was most associated with was not WMA, but "Yours" btw. I don't much like her voice though.

everything, Friday, 8 May 2020 20:41 (three weeks ago) link

Good pub quiz trivia is she was first British act to reach #1 in the US.

Dan Worsley, Friday, 8 May 2020 21:18 (three weeks ago) link

The only other Vera track I know is her only UK #1 "My Son My Son" - it is about as bad as We'll Meet Again, not unpleasant to listen to, but infested with a malignant 1950s UK torpor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BTeKk36-Ys

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 8 May 2020 21:39 (three weeks ago) link

Of all the surprisingly good LPs I own, "Vera Lynn In Nashville" is perhaps not the most good but is perhaps the most surprisingly good.

Tim, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 07:52 (three weeks ago) link


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