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Waikiki Man – Jessica Jones

Waikiki Man - Jessica Jones

Waikiki Man – Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones hailed from Glamorgan in Wales, but made her way to South Africa and decided to stay. Perhaps scoring a number 1 hit with ‘Sunday Monday Tuesday’ persuaded her to make SA her home. Her second hit, ‘Wake Up Wake Up’ went to 9 and ‘Waikiki Man’, which was produced by none other than David Gresham, made it to 13.

Despite the title referring to Waikiki, a beachfront neighbourhood of Honolulu in Hawaii, the sound of the song does not conjure up images of white sands, blue seas and flowery garlands, it is too much of a glam pop stomp to do this, starting as it does with a guitar intro that Damon Albarn and the boys from Blur surely must have heard before they wrote the intro to ‘Parklife’.

The song was written by Dutch producer and song writer Peter Koelewijn who also penned Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp You Feet’ and its quite appropriate becase this is a song designed to clap your hands and stamp your feet to. It was a European hit for Bonnie St Clair, going to 4 in Belgium, 5 in Holland, 14 in Austria and 30 in Germany. Not to be outdone, Jessica’s version was also a hit beyond our borders, getting to number 1 in what was then Rhodesia and managing to keep David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’ off the top spot there. It also managed to get to 12 in New Zeland according to the information I have found although the sleeve notes to ‘Yesterday’s Best Vol 1’ say that it topped the charts there, but I have not been able to verify that.

Jessica has since returned to the UK, but she certainly made her mark on the SA pop scene in the 1970s and ‘Waikiki Man’ was one of those noticeable marks.

Where to find it:
Yesterday’s Best Vol 1, 1995, Teal, MORCD502

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Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet – Maria

Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet – Maria

Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet - Maria

Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet – Maria

Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet - Maria

Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet – Maria

Discovered by Dickie Loader, Maria Lopez (born in Lourenco Marques)
had a string of hits that charted on the Springbok Top 20 in the 70’s.
Her biggest hit was a cover version of Dutch artist Bonnie St Claire
‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’. Bonnie managed to get to number
3 in her country with her version, but Maria went to the top in South
Africa.

There is a sort Slade-lite feel to the song. Maria doesn’t quite have
the raw edge growl of Noddy Holder, but the song itself does boast a
pounding glam rock beat. One could also argue that Maria’s version is
not too dissimilar to Bonnie’s, but the main point of this list is
that these are songs that form part of the South African psyche and
that our memories are based on the versions we would have heard. But
no matter which version you chose, there is little doubt you will be
clapping your hands and stamping your feet to this number which was
made with party DJs in mind.

Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 1 (1994) GMP, CDGMPD 40485 (CD)

Video:
Maria:


Bonnie St Claire:

Lyrics:

What I wanna say
was it yesterday
that I saw you also there
yes I know you tried
close by my side
to draw my attention dear
but you understand
that I really can not come
in touch with you
but if you really will,
if you want it still
I tell you what you have to do
Well clap your hands
and stamp your feet
and I’ll come runnin’,
runnin’, runnin’ baby
well clap your hands
and stamp your feet
and I’ll come running
running, wait and see.

Huma la la la, Huma la la
Huma la la la la

And it’s great to see
that you want just me
and I think I’m the happiest
girl you’ve ever met
just be sure of that
I’d like to tell it
the whole wide world
Every moment dear I wanna be near
I wished I had a crystal ball
so that immediately I knew
you needed me by doing
our strange way to call
well clap your hands
and stamp your feet
and I’ll come running,
running, running baby
well clap your hands
and stamp your feet
and I’ll come runnin’,
runnin’ wait and see.

Huma la la la, Huma la la
Huma la la la la

(c) Tekst & Muziek : Peter Koelewijn

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