Thunderclap Newman - Something In The Air (Vigilante)
UK release date: 1 November 2004
Thunderclap Newman - a band Pete Townsend formed in the '60s even though he was not a member - originally released the politically motivated anthem Something In The Air in 1969. Fast forward 35 years later and the song is re-recorded and released as a tribute to the songs late creator, John "Speedy" Keene.
With Pete Goodall from The Troggs still in the line-up and with the addition of Zoot Money on vocals and keyboards, Something In the Air has a smartly polished finish with sharp production from Simon Hanhart, who was also responsible for the production of the all-star BBC version of Perfect Day. Accompanying this version is the excellent Sunshine Of My Life and the groovy R‘n'B number, Old Soul Singer.
It is probably the case that a majority of people, especially younger music lovers, are familiar or re-introduced to Something In The Air because of Cameron Crowe's film, Almost Famous. Although the 2004 re-recording doesn't have the striking effect of the 1969 version, it is nevertheless an inspired remake, which still causes a tingle down the spine.