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Flash and the Pan — Walking In The Rain
Album: Flash and the Pan
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6.6

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Total ratings: 766









Released: 1976
Length: 3:19
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Walking down the street
Kicking cans
Looking at the billboard
Also ran
Summing up the people
Checking out the race
Doing what I'm doing
Feeling out of place

Walking, walking in the rain

Feeling like a woman
Looking like a man
Sounding like a no-no
Make it when I can
Whistling in the darkness
Shining in the light
Coming to conclusion
Right is might is tight

Walking, walking in the rain

Come in all you jesters
Enter all you fools
Sit down no-no
Ogre, ghouls
Trip the light fantastic
Dance the swivel hips
Coming to conclusion
Button up your lips

Walking, walking in the rain
Walking, walking in the rain
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Didn't Grace Jones cover this on Nightclubbing?
What's rain?  We haven't seen any in forever...
No shit??! I only ever heard Grace Jones' version!  I would never have expected this from them.
Interesting Hardly remember this version. Still prefer Grace’s version
Another new one for me at a young age of 48.  Thanks!! Easy 8 - love the vibe.

 Relayer wrote:

This does not sound like a song from 1976.  I would place this as a 1990s song, so I guess you can say this song was way ahead of its time. 



Hard agree! I will definitely be exploring more by this group. Love old-new-wave.
Fantastic to hear Flash and the Pan on RP - right on, Bill!!
A bit James Bond-y, innit
Only a nobody walks in the rain. 
 bseib wrote:



This image of Harry Vanda and George Young is from Flash in the Pan's 1976 video for "Hey St. Peter".

I had no idea of the family connection with AC/DC (George & Angus Young)

It seems the shorts + hat + guitar image I so strongly associate with AC/DC's Angus Young came from his older brother George Young.




Interesting.
Love that this song has been put into "heavy rotation" over the last few months. I've heard it a few times and remember being fascinated by the album cover back when I was a young record buyer. Now I need to find an old copy of this for my collection!
I remember "Waiting for a train", and I liked it better...
 Spalted wrote:

I'm not sure if this qualifies as being music. It's basically someone reciting poetry to a background of simple, somewhat repetitive, music. 



But look, you just did call it music!

"THERE! I've run rings around you logically"
Monty Python, 1971?
 wolverine wrote:
Should have this as a double shot with MC 900 ft Jesus song The City Sleeps, they have the same vibe.


Great point - big fan of that MC900 Ft song -Bill?!
I'm not sure if this qualifies as being music. It's basically someone reciting poetry to a background of simple, somewhat repetitive, music. 
 acolt wrote:
Cake before Cake was Cake.
 
But after Lou Reed invented Lou Reed.
Still lookin' for "Media Man."
Cake before Cake was Cake.
This does not sound like a song from 1976.  I would place this as a 1990s song, so I guess you can say this song was way ahead of its time. 
 nelamvr6 wrote:
If you look up "One trick pony" in the dictionary there's a photo of this band.

The vocal effect is really the only thing that is different, and they use it on EVERY song.

Hard pass, this song gets a 1 from me.
 
Look up Harry Vanda and George Young and see how wrong you are.
I like this! I never heard the original version, it feels like Grace Jones took it up a level still



This image of Harry Vanda and George Young is from Flash in the Pan's 1976 video for "Hey St. Peter".

I had no idea of the family connection with AC/DC (George & Angus Young)

It seems the shorts + hat + guitar image I so strongly associate with AC/DC's Angus Young came from his older brother George Young.


way ahead of its time
Mind blown.  Only knew the Grace Jones vershun
this is a very useful song for us walkers here in Galway (53N, -9W) where the fecking stuff is never far off. 8
Wiki says he is the older brother and he also produced early AC/DC work.
If you look up "One trick pony" in the dictionary there's a photo of this band.

The vocal effect is really the only thing that is different, and they use it on EVERY song.

Hard pass, this song gets a 1 from me.
I like the way this guy talks.
 wolverine wrote:
Should have this as a double shot with MC 900 ft Jesus song The City Sleeps, they have the same vibe.
 
I was thinking the same thing. They are quite different - but.....
Such an interesting song.  Almost the polar opposite of the AC/DC that George Young had a big hand in forming while working on this stuff.  You could say these guys were creating hard rock and new wave at the same time.  This band seems way underrated to me.
Great tune, but Grace Jones does it better.
Released: 1976

Wow. Amazing.
Should have this as a double shot with MC 900 ft Jesus song The City Sleeps, they have the same vibe.
Wow, I just replied to a 6 year old post where this song was referenced and here it is! RP never fails to surprise!

re. 

Song: The Dustlands
Artist: The Walkabouts



"xhjema wrote:
Similar feel as "Walking in the rain" by Flash in the pan"
 Reaching out to six years ago and I hear that as well. Although, "Flash and the Pan".         Cheers!
 Proclivities wrote:

Harry Vanda and George Young, who formed this band, were previously members of The Easybeats.  George Young is the older brother of Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC.

 
Well, he was their older brother. George died in 2017.
 hamer12string wrote:
I can't find anything to confirm this on-line at the moment, but I recall that one of "Flash in the Pan" is the older brother of Angus and Malcolm Young from AC/DC.
 
Harry Vanda and George Young, who formed this band, were previously members of The Easybeats.  George Young is the older brother of Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC.
Bought this record at Cheap Thrills in New Brunswick NJ.   My Vinyl is all gone now.... but hey!  RP and TIDAL
a 9 if Grace Jones nice cover
 dave3ld wrote:
I'm ashamed to admit that I forgot about this tune. 40 years old and still solid. 
 
Right there with ya...oh my, didn't realize it is that "young" :0
My jury is still out on this... waaaaay out... like in the cornfield. But then, that is why we listen to RP.
FRISBEES!
 Zep wrote:
I always thought this song was by Grace Jones ... now I see she covered it. While this one by Flash is haunting and plodding (and not in a bad way), the vocal range on Jones's cover is much better
 
definitely agree with that. Although this version was first, it feels like they're playing the vocals and synth track of the Grace Jones version.
I'm ashamed to admit that I forgot about this tune. 40 years old and still solid. 
Kinda grabs ya.
I always thought this song was by Grace Jones ... now I see she covered it. While this one by Flash is haunting and plodding (and not in a bad way), the vocal range on Jones's cover is much better
A deep cut from a one hit wonder band!  Love it.
This is definitely not a six for anyone who heard it when it was released. Opened my mind just a little.
 hamer12string wrote:
I can't find anything to confirm this on-line at the moment, but I recall that one of "Flash in the Pan" is the older brother of Angus and Malcolm Young from AC/DC.
 
I think there was some connection to the Easybeats who did "Friday on My Mind" in the 60s.
Wow, powerful, unexpected blast from the past!  I recognized that voice, and recall their song "Hey St. Peter" being all over the radio in the summer of '79, along with the Boomtown Rats' "I Don't Like Mondays," and Sniff and the Tears' "Driver's Seat," The Cars' "Night Spots," April Wine's "I Like to Rock," and other priceless moments of Radio Time... I think that the lyrics are good, the style unique.

Burned the groove off this song, 30+ years ago in college radio!!! Nice to here it again!
 hamer12string wrote:
I can't find anything to confirm this on-line at the moment, but I recall that one of "Flash in the Pan" is the older brother of Angus and Malcolm Young from AC/DC.
 
That would be SO cool... Check back if you find confirmation, please?  Thank you! 

 cocobob wrote:
A classic remake done in the 70's. Hearing it today was excellent. Thanks
 

Actually, this is the original. version. If I recall correctly, Grace Jones did a cover version.

This album and the followup ("Lights in the Night") are packed with catchy, almost danceable songs (this is one of the slow songs), but there is a moody, end-of-the-world vibe to both albums (hence, the mushroom cloud on this cover).

Out of nostalgia, I bought the two CDs in a combo pack that included singles from their later efforts. I still like this band, but the spoken-word delivery is a bit dated. Speaking of cover versions, the Hives recently did a raucous version of  F&P's "Early Morning Wakeup Call."


A classic remake done in the 70's. Hearing it today was excellent. Thanks
Haven't heard this in ages... thanks!!
I can't find anything to confirm this on-line at the moment, but I recall that one of "Flash in the Pan" is the older brother of Angus and Malcolm Young from AC/DC.
On a rainy Tuesday in Atlanta, this has been a lovely set.
This is godawful drivel... get it off now!
W. T. F. No.
Well.....
grace jones' version blows this one away.
I've got this on vinyl somewhere! Good one, I think is well worth occassional listens...
I haven't heard this in YEARS!
the_om wrote:
I like F&P but this song...not so much. How about "Down Among the Dead Men" instead...
"...Dead Men" is another good one from this still enjoyable album. I recall "Man in the Middle" being catchy as well.
Comin' to a conclusion -- this bites.
I like F&P but this song...not so much. How about "Down Among the Dead Men" instead...
Wow, I completely forgot about this one. Fun to here it after all these years ... not sure if it would stand up to repeated listening. (No that's not a dare.) <--- imagining FATP used some sort of old microphone to get that sound ... Randy
This song was marginally interesting when it first came out, but I sure got sick of hearing it. Time has not been kind to it. I am getting a complex, because songs I think are much better, and have submitted, are not added to the playlist. Oh well, I'll still send in my MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION