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Craig Brittain Testimonial Year

 

It has been my pleasure over the last 15 months or so to have been Chairman of Craig Brittain's Testimonial Committee. Craig signed as a player for Dumbarton in 1997 and I felt in these days where players at all levels stay for a short spell at one club (sometimes as little as ONE SEASON) before moving on for another signing on fee, his loyalty should be rewarded. Anyone who has seen Craig play will acknowledge that he could have played at a higher level than he has for Sons. I assembled a committe for the purpose and we organised several events including a Testimonial Match v. a Rangers X1, a Testimonial Dinner and a Golf Tournament. The support I received from my fellow committee members, Dumbarton supporters and a whole host of companies and sponsors has been magnificent. We have now closed the fund and the total profit raised and ready to be paid to Craig can be revealed by Clicking Here

Good luck to Craig, his lovely wife Claire and wee daughter Cayla. You deserve your reward and I'm delighted that thanks to the way so many people have responded it is a significant one.

I'm pleased to say that Craig has signed for another season with Dumbarton and is guaranteed to be celebrating the Sons elevation to the dizzy heights of the second division at the end of the season!

Gaun' Yersel' Wee Man! 

 

 

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Screamin Jay (2) /Nina Simone/Tom Waits

 

 

It isn't often in music that a cover version will surpass the original but here are two such cases connected by one man.. The Screamin' Jay Hawkins version of Tom Waits' Heart Attack and Vine first came to my attention in an early 90's Levi's commercial which depicted a New Orleans funeral procession. Those of you who are familiar with Waits attitude to his own work may wonder what his reaction was to this. Waits has famously and successfuly sued companies including VW/Audi for adapting one of his songs and using a vocal soundalike Click Here . Waits sued Levi's, they pulled the commercial and printed a full-page apology in Billboard magazine.

 

 

 

Quite bizarrely, Waits did once do a voiceover for a TV commercial. In 1981 he advertised Butchers Blend Dog Food for the Ralston Purina Company. His previous and subsequent hostility to his work/voice being used in such a way was put aside as he eulogised the three tempting meaty tastes of the doggy dinner. I must admit to having been sceptical of this being Waits at first but I have double checked and it is definitely him.

 

 

 

 

However I digress. Here is the other cover version I was talking about. This version of Screamin' Jay's song lifts it to a whole new level and no matter how many times I hear it, it never fails to send a shiver down my ever more curving spine. Nina Simone was one of the great female vocalists of the twentieth century.

 

 

 

She was also a great songwriter, held strong views and was regarded as an eccentric which is another connection to Hawkins and Waits.

 

 

 

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