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feeling good

Catching up on my tv viewing, a couple of great songs have been pivotal to my enjoyment of two programmes.

First there was the final of Gareth Malone’s latest series ‘The Choir: Sing While You Work.’

The minute Severn Trent Water got ‘Feeling Good’ as their song, they’re were pretty much home and dry.

Written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for their 1965 musical ‘The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd,’ the song was immediately picked up by Nina Simone.

It’s led an exciting life ever since courtesy of Muse and Michael Buble amongst others, but the original Broadway cast recording by Gilbert Price is also well worth checking out.

Then there was the BBC Four documentary about Chas & Dave, whose rockney songs like ‘Rabbit’ and ‘Gertcha’ still raise a smile.

But as Arthur Smith’s commentary pointed out, their song ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’ is head and shoulders above the rest of their repertoire.

I can highly recommend both programmes before they disappear from the iPlayer in a few days time.

But if you don’t have a spare hour, the songs at their heart should set you up nicely for the week ahead.

Nina Simone – Feeling Good

The Choir: Sing While You Work – the Final – BBC iPlayer

Chas & Dave – Ain’t No Pleasing You

Chas & Dave : Last Orders – BBC iPlayer

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