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ATLANTIS - King Harris and the Atlantis boys Vogue VB277 (Belgium.1973) Sung in Flemish, the flipside is "De Boogie Woogie van Joepie".
BIG L PART 1 & 2 - Jimmy Jive Arcade 5017 (B. date unknown). Part 1 is the A side and Part 2 the B side. It is an instrumental by Jimmy Jive on drums, accompanied by Santiago Vasco on organ and is a loose jam around the "Wonderful Big L" theme. It is totally unrelated to the station, other than the tune they use.
BROKEN HEARTED PIRATES - Simon Dupree and the Big Sound Parlophone R5757 (February 1969). A tribute to the Sixties "pirate" stations that had then recently closed down.
CAROLINE - The Caroliners Sabre SA456 (1964) Allan Crawford, the owner of Radio Atlanta, and later co-director of Caroline, released a number of cover version records, through his Canon, Rocket, Carnival and Sabre labels. This cover is of the famous Radio Caroline theme by the Fortunes.
CAROLINE - Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers Piccadilly 7N35199 (1964) The B side of Where did our love go. Written as a prospective theme for Radio Caroline, the offer was not taken up.
CAROLINE - Status Quo Vertigo 6059 085 (1973); Vertigo QUO P10 picture disc. Sometimes used as an alternate theme in the late 70's and as a promotion on Radio Caroline. The track can also be found on numerous compilation LP's and CD's including Quo's "Rocking All over the Years" CD 846 797-2 (1990).
CAROLINE'S RADIO - Bubblegum Lemonade Matinee 074 (2010) A homage to Radio Caroline by this Glasgow band, Caroline's Radio tells the tale of bedtime pirate radio listening, and all the romance that covert experience undoubtedly brought.
DO YOU COME HERE OFTEN - Tornados The B side of Is that a ship I hear Columbia DB7984 (1966) The song contains a line, allegedly recorded by Tornados producer Joe Meek in a public toilet, of two gay men talking "Do you come here often?... Only when the pirate ships close down".
GEEF ONS EEN KANS - Het Noordzee Koor Elf Provincien ELF 68.31 (NL.1973). The picture cover single Give us a chance was released during RNI's "Hou'm in de lucht" (Keep it on the air) campaign, to give the now respected organisation credibility for time on land, the flipside features "RNI jingles".
GET WELL SOON - Godley and Creme Track on LP Freeze Frame Polydor 2442166 (UK.1979) Includes the lyric "I wrote today to Radio Caroline, I need to hear your saddest reggae song".
GOODBYE CAROLINE - The One Shots a) Instant Records INST101 (25.4.80), b) Jumbo JR6 (1981). The song was written by professional musician John Brunning and recorded by his group "The One Shots". The Instant records single was released shortly after the "Mi Amigo" sank in 1980, the flipside is "Davy Jones Rocker". Jumbo Records bought the rights and re-issued the single, altering the beginning to include the final words of the deejays before the "Mi Amigo" sank. The re-issue featured a colour picture sleeve with the "Mi Amigo" on the front and the ships aerial still standing above the water on the back. The flipside featured "Radio Caroline jingles". The track features on the CD "Pirate Radio Jingles from the Seventies". Jumbo TJLCD002 (1992).
I LOVE YOU CAROLINE - Pathfinders
Decca F12038 (1964) An acetate
version of this track exists, that was reportedly recorded in the
basement studio at Radio Caroline's London offices. The demo, labelled only as I
Love you Caroline, and sounding like the early Beatles, has less instrumentation
than the released version.
IK DOE WAT IK DOE - Astrid Nijgh Polydor 2050268 (NL.1973) Special version of song "Veronica weg maar ze komt weer terug" (Veronica's gone but she will return). (audio required)
IK KAN WEL HUILEN - Nico Haak en de Panielzaaiers The group specially recorded a version of this song under the title of "Adieu Veronica". (release details and audio required)
I SPY FOR THE DTI - The Moronic Surveyors Farce records 7" single DTI 007, 12" single DTIT 007 (1985). Released during "Eurosiege 85", the Moronic Surveyors were a combination of pop groups Boys don't Cry and Sad Cafe, singers John Wilson and Paul Young, assisted by Rob Day as "the man from Whitehall" and Laserettes Erin Kelly and Liz West. The B side of the 7" single features I SPY (Instrumental), while the 12" version features the vocal and instrumental versions on the A side and I SPY FOR THE DTI (Whitehall extended dance mix) on the B side
LASER RADIO - The Communicators Recorded and written by Laser fans Roger King and Yanni Tsamplakos, a tape of the song was played by Laser 558 shortly before the station closed down. It was intended as a single release, but Laser's close put paid to this. The track can be found on the CD Pirate Radio Jingles from the Eighties Jumbo TJLCD003 (1992).
LASER RAP - Jazzy E The soundtrack music to the Laser 558 promo' video released just after the station started.
LE PAPE DU POP - Stephane Vareques French song that mentions listening to Radio Caroline
LES TEMPS CHANGENT - Danyel Gerard Sonopresse CH40-237 (F.1977) A French song about Caroline, the B side is "God save the Queen". The following year an English version, "Times are changing" was released, although this makes no mention of Caroline in the lyrics.
MAN OF ACTION - Flying Rockers Rocker 1961 3305 (1984?) A mini 33rpm record with four tunes, which appears as part of a series of guitar bands, possibly a short compilation of previous singles.
MI AMIGO - Mi Amigo Boys CBS 2477 (B.1974). A colour cover features all the deejays with an inset picture of the ship, the flipside features Mi Amigo jingles. Both the Mi Amigo track and jingles are included on the LP "Een Gouden Start Volume 7". CBS 53571 (N.1974).
OH MI AMIGO - Eddy Jump Records 2589 (B.1977). A tribute to Mi Amigo and the B side to the single Dans Nog een keer met mij. (audio required)
OH! MY DARLING CAROLINE – Ronny Decca F21908 (1964) A tribute to Radio Caroline by a German singer, sung to the tune of Oh my Darling Clementine.
PERFUMED GARDEN BLUES (John Peel's Lament) - Jeffrey Prowes Specially recorded for John Peel's show on Radio London, and not commercially released, the song was played several times on Peel's show, including during the final "Perfumed Garden" on Monday August 14th 1967. Click here for the lyrics (thanks to Martin van der Ven) The audio clip here, sounding as if it could be a lost Robert Johnson recording is from an off-air recording. If anyone has a better quality one, we'd love to have a copy.
PIRATE RADIO - Mojo Nixon Track on album Root Hog or Die Enigma LP ENVLP520 CD ENVCD520 (US.1989) A song about Radio Free America and US pirate radio. Mojo takes exception to the FCC's raids on pirate stations "gouge their (FCC's) eyes out, cut their legs off" and "FCC crawl in your grave".
PLAYA DE ARO - Eric Marijsee Elf Provincien ELF 6998 (NL.1975). A song about the Spanish town were Radio Mi Amigo’s studios were based after the Dutch Marine Offences Act. Used in promotions, the flipside is "Johnny Boy".
PROTEST - Brabants Bont Artiestenkoor Imperial 5C006 24817 (NL.1973). A song about the free radio rally in the Hague in April 1973, the flipside is "Zeg nu ja voor Veronica".
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