EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Something in the Air’ – Thunderclap Newman

What was the number one song in the UK on 2nd July 1969?

British rock band, Thunderclap Newman reached the top spot for 3 weeks with Something in the Air.

One-hit wonder, Thunderclap Newman, was formed by Pete Townsend (The Who). Townsend produced this track and played bass for it under a pseudonym. The song was a huge hit and has been covered by many bands and has featured in many films, TV programmes and adverts. If you’re of a certain age, you’ll probably remember it featuring on an advert for the Austin Mini featuring Twiggy. It’s a very catchy and memorable song, that features an outstanding piano solo by Newman, strings and  sweeping guitars. However, the vocals are weak and lets the song down slightly. It’s a classic from its era, but not my favourite ’69 song.

Lyrics

Call out the instigators
Because there’s something in the air
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right
We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now
Lock up the streets and houses
Because there’s something in the air
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right
We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now
Hand out the arms and ammo
We’re going to blast our way through here
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right
We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now

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