Year of Release: 1969
This begs all sorts of questions. Why were Shell using a German language song in one of their British adverts? Was the advert really so popular that the track warranted a single release? Why did Concord grab the rights to release the track and not Monika's German label Polydor? Answers on the back of a postcard. The track itself bounces and parps along nicely and it's possible to imagine it in the context of a petrol advert, but the title translates as "Without You" which hardly sounds like a bouyant subject matter to remind you to keep your car's tank topped up with Shell petroleum products.
Monika enjoyed a long and varied career in Germany, starting out as a singer in the girl group The Hummingbirds in the late 1950s before eventually breaking out to go solo. Always a moderate selling singer rather than a huge star, her singing career had largely fizzled out by the mid-sixties (with the exception of this doubtless surprising UK release) though her acting career continued until the end of the decade.
Hiding away on the flip, on the other hand, is Les Sharp and His Band, or the conductor, bandleader and composer Bob Sharples under another name. "Hip" sounds slightly dated for 1969 - as does its A-side, to be totally fair - but man oh man, it's an instrumental that zings and swings along, and would be the soundtrack to everyone's summer cocktail parties in a fair and just world.