The Nearly-New ‘Spill Weekly Song Challenge – Week 7

This picture has no relation to the rest of the post, but made me laugh uncontrollably

Evenin’ all. You know the rules by now (check here if you need a refresher)

One of the wonderful things about the Internet is that you can find almost any music you care to think of. That one-hit wonder from the ’80s that still comes into your head from time to time? It’s on YouTube. That album your housemate borrowed and never gave back? You can Spotify it. That ultra-obscure track you heard once on John Peel many moons again? Someone’s posted it on a blog.

That’s what this week’s challenge is about. Your mission is to track down a song you haven’t heard for years but would like to hear again.

‘Spill points/pints will be awarded for the longest passage of time elapsed, and the best stories. Happy hunting.

198 thoughts on “The Nearly-New ‘Spill Weekly Song Challenge – Week 7

  1. Here’s one I just found…

    My brother had this album on cassette, but I don’t think I’ve heard it since he went to university, taking his tape collection with him… that would be about 17 years ago. It’s a slice of offbeat-upbeat 90s indie, and it sounds… pretty much like I remembered it. Which is good.

    Cud – Rich and Strange

    There’s only a live version on YouTube, but I found it on We7 (it should play after about 10 seconds of advert):

  2. Working on the principle of ‘Always Go With The One You Think Of First’, I give you:

    Just as lovely, as when I last heard it, probably more than 30 years ago?

  3. Ooh ooh yesyesyes!!!!

    gordonimmel and I have both previously talked about the band Somebodys Brother, who used to have two members who were housemates of ours at University.

    Much of the band’s repertoire was covers of songs by Bob Dylan, The Band and, particularly, Little Feat. This last one was largely the result of how big a fan singer/guitarist Denny Austin was of Lowell George. Denny – a Mackem who’d only kinda drifted into Bradford – is a good decade older than us, and wasn’t a student. Consequently, though gi & DsD housemate Andy continued to play keyboards for the band for years after we finished at Bfd Uni, I didn’t see much of Denny at all once we’d left.

    The trouble is, I’d lent him a cassette of a BBC In Concert recording of a Little Feat gig (reunion line-up, well after Lowell’s death). Denny was only supposed to be copying the tape and giving it me back, but . . . . you can guess the rest. These days, in spite of Andy living only five miles from both of us, neither me nor Gordon even see him, let alone Denny.

    That live set included Bonnie Raitt as a guest vocalist on a few tracks, one of which absolutely blew me away. I thought I knew what the song was because it was introduced before being played, but either they renamed it, or I remember it wrong, because I haven’t been able to relocate it for love nor money. So –

    If anyone can find me DENISE LASALLE’S “GET OUT THE WAY AND LET THE BOY DO A MAN-SIZED JOB”, or even better, that Little Feat / Bonnie Raitt live version, I would be HUGELY in their debt.

    How about it? Anyone?

  4. I loved this track when Chris Barber & His Band had a big hit with it in 59 with Monty Sunshine playing alto-sax. That led me to track down the original by Sidney Bechet. I eventually found an old 78 in a junk shop in 1953, brought it home and my granddad sat on it!
    This version is from a concert in 1954 given at the Olympia, Paris and is brilliant (in my humble opinion)

    • I’m thinking a whole ‘nother category would be songs you’ve always loved, may have even noted the title before & yet let slip away somewhere in the unformatted folds of your brain. This song is one of those & it’s just making me ache for a dance floor & someone to hold onto in the dark. ( oh did I say that out loud. Damn RR Topic)

    • Mitch: I love that song also, actually anything by Bechet. Do you know the story of how he was smuggled into London in 1949 to play a gig which the govt. said was illegal. I was there plus I saw him several times later when he was legal including once when I got backstage and met him. I still remember him quite clearly, he struck me as a smelly, surly old man!

      • No, I didn’t hear that story, GF. I can’t imagine why it would have been illegal. Bet it was an amazing gig, though.

      • @ goneforeign, rockingmitch

        According to
        From the mid-thirties to the early fifties the Musicians’ Union, with the support of the Ministry of Labour, imposed a ban on performances by visiting foreign musicians. This deprived jazz fans of the chance to hear live the leading American musicians of the day. Benny Carter sidestepped the ban by becoming staff arranger for ‘Henry Hall & The BBC Dance Orchestra’, and Art Pepper later arrived courtesy of the US Army.

        Coleman Hawkins took the ban head-on with an illegal concert held at the Princes Theatre in 1949; maybe that’s the story you heard? My cousin used to talk about Al Bowlly being killed in March 1941 playing at the Café de Paris, when a bomb exploded on the dance floor, when in fact that was Kendrick ‘Snakehips’ Johnson…. Bowlly was killed a month later, when a Luftwaffe parachute mine detonated outside his flat in Jermyn Street, which he’d taken pains to get back to after a gig in High Wycombe, despite having been offered a bed there…

        Bechet had, in addition, been deported back to the US from the UK in 1921; he’d been imprisoned briefly for assaulting a prostitute. He toured Britain in 1956, three years before his death. (

        I can’t sleep; can you tell?

      • @BOK.
        Thanks for this. I vaguely recall having read something about this. In the 50s, the MU had a policy of not allowing Americans to tour here unless there was a British band or artist able to tour America.
        Thus, in 57, when Bill Haley & The Comets came over, Ted Heath & His Band went to the States. The problem with that was that, apart from Ted Heath, Lonnie Donegan and Russ Hamilton, British acts didn’t mean very much over there.
        I knew about the Al Bowlly/Snakehips Johnson stories – my Mum was a big fan of both.

      • I think Al Bowlly’s body, when found, didn’t have a mark on it – he was killed by the shock wave from the bomb. So, coincidentally, was Edward Thomas, whose poem Adlestrop is on the Summer Poems thread further down. He was in a trench on the frontline in WW1 however, whereas for Al it was, as BeyondOurKev says, just really bad luck.

      • Poor old Al Bowlly. Really sucked to be him. Did you know he caught his wife beng unfaithful to him on his wedding night? Must have been the shortest marriage in history.

      • I think with the Richard Thompson reference, we all guessed it was you, Tfd.

        By the way, out of interest, is there anyone Richard Thompson hasn’t written a song about? He certainly seems to be one of the most prolific (and versatile) people in music.

      • Rats, my comment went in the wrong place…this seems to be happening to several people. What’s wrong with WordPress?

      • BOK: thanks for that review of the ‘ban’, from what I remember of it, and my source might be iffy since it was 1940/50’s Melody Maker, was that it was based on a conflict between James Petrillo, the president of the American Federation of Musicians and his English counterpart Hardie Ratcliffe, I don’t recall what the source of the conflict was nor who started the boycott.
        The Bechet performance is not mentioned in the link you gave but I believe it should be right before the 1949 Coleman Hawkins show, it was organized in part by Humphrey Lyttleton with who’s band Bechet performed and I believe that it might have been recorded. I can’t recall where the event took place but the Fabulous Feldman Club, AKA 100 Oxford St was a popular jazz venue that I visited frequently. What is stated re. the Hawkins gig is what happened with Bechet, there was a trial and the promoters were found guilty and fined. I think I recall that there was a clause in their defense whereby they stated that since Bechet was living in France he wasn’t subject to US rules. I recall that Louis and the AllStars were the first group to break the ban and they played two London concerts and I was at both of them, in exchange Chris Barber toured several cities in the US where no one had ever heard of him. That’s basically how I remember that event and back then it was a very big deal, it got lots of coverage in the music press.

  5. How tricky. My problem is that I tend to have all the music I used to listen to years ago.

    Aha, I have thought of one exception.

    I used to have the album on vinyl and I haven’t got it as a CD yet.

    The song is Male Chauvinist Pig Blues by Roy Harper from his album Valentine.

    This version though is a live one from the Flashes From the Archives of Oblivion with Jimmy Page on slide guitar.

    • I have Valentine, found I couldn’t live without it after an ex kept the tape of it I’d bought him, most unfair! I had Folkjokeopus on tape too, but I don’t know where it’s gone, you remind me that I haven’t listened to McGoohan’s Blues for the longest time….thankfully it’s on youtube.

      • Ha! After posting this, I went straight to Roy Harper’s website and bought both Valentine and Flashes from the Archives of Oblivion.

    • ‘Flashes’ is my favourite Roy album, and I still play it regularly, rather to loudly and with a few too many bevvies on board, but only when Mrs Fugit is away.


    • I went halfway down the Roy Harper road, remembering when I sat cross-legged on the floor of The Magic Village in Manchester in 1970(?), listening to him ramble, play and sing. I haven’t heard many of his songs since …. but we can’t duplicate in the same week, can we?

  6. Used to tape lots of Peel Sessions. Many were so well played that the little magnetic particles started to drop off over time. Some of these are impossible to replace, so was very pleased when this CD escaped in April, originally broadcast in ’82.

    Diagram Brothers – The Expert

    • no one buys me spanners at Christmas, I feel I am missing out. I remember a song I heard on Peel about little green spiders, but it probably isn’t as good as I think it was, yours was diverting though, thanks.

  7. Mmm, I have one, dubbed the Jethro Tull of shoegazing due to their use of the flute, Blind Mr Jones were quite a big thing, we thought they were the biggest thing ever because when I was at university I was friends with Richard Moore (vocals and guitar) although he probably wouldn’t remember me. I recall vividly the excitement when someone from Slowdive was going to help them with their album and Rich had to go off to a studio to record instead of going to lectures!

    I think they have become rather better know post-humously than they were back then, curious, has anyone else heard of them?

    • Never heard of them (sorry!) but I really liked this. The song and vocals were a bit generic-shoegazey (which is fine in my book), but the flute worked amazingly well.

      • I think the flute makes them interesting too, glad you liked them. In case you liked them a lot I’d recommend the album Stereo Musicale over Tattooine.

        I’m on an old My Bloody Valentine listening trip now, I love their jangly pre-noisy sound even though that sounds like a terribly indier than thou thing to say.

  8. I have remembered quite a few songs from days of old…but they’re not on YouTube. So I’ve picked this one from the summer of ’59. We were living in Maidstone, in Kent: I was 10, my sister was 7 and our mother was pregnant with our brother (who was born that October). Every weekend that summer, if it was fine, we would go down to the seaside at Littlestone or St Margaret’s Bay. Father used to play the car radio and this was one we often heard – the British version of Beep Beep, the one with the bubble car not the Nash Rambler. The video is all wrong – just ignore it.

    Here’s a picture of me that I associate with that summer, though I look younger than 10. I remember Mother cooking sausages on the beach – not something I ever wanted to do when I was pregnant!

    • It used to be on Uncle Mac’s “Children’s Favourites” nearly every week. I always thought he sounded like he hated kids.
      I sold a copy of it on eBay a couple of years back and got quite a lot for it which was a surprise as I was expecting pennies.

      • Yes, 10 until 12. He came on after the religious programme which was just called “5 to 10”.
        I understand he lost a leg in the war, so maybe that’s what made him sound grouchy.
        I just thought, your Dad having a car radio in 59 was a rarity. Must have been very posh!!:-)

      • Just shows how times have changed. Radios and even heaters were optional extras in those days. Spares shops used to sell car-blankets for long journeys for people without heaters.
        Di’s dad was also a rep and had a nice car. My dad was a press photographer and had to take the train!

    • Great pic TFD. I’ve seen Mitch discuss this on RR & it’s the first time I’ve heard the bubble version. I too was 10 & remember this well, though i was already to cool to pretend to honk the horn like my younger brother invariably did.

    • TFD!!!!!!! Kawaii!!!!

      WOW you look totally maga cute as a child!!! And very happy playing by the sea!!! I love the song also!!!

    • Sorry, instant reaction. There were certain songs played on Junior Choice (as it was called in my day) that made me want to give up having ears.
      The Runaway Train was one, Sparky and his bloody magic piano another and, sadly, beep beep.

      Give me My Brother or I’m a lonely little Petunia in an onion patch and I’m fine.

      • Sorry about that, Pairubu (and SpottedRichard): my problem was that, like Carole, I’ve managed to acquire pretty much all the music I actually liked from those far-off days – The Tennessee Stud and Ghost Riders In The Sky, for instance. So I’m still listening to them – and I still like them.

    • I share the Uncle Mac memories, tfd/Mitch/Pairubu, and this is definitely one of them (see also the Billy Goat Gruff thing and Alan Sherman). Oh how we loved novelty songs in those days!

      Didn’t Saturday Club follow Uncle Mac, Mitch? I thought Brian Matthews hit the airwaves before 12. Sunday morning was Two-Way Family Favourites with Cliff Mitchelmore and Judith Chalmers, wasn’t it?

      Nostalgia was in black, white and radio waves back then.

      • You are correct about “Saturday Club”, which pusehd Uncle Mac back to an earlier slot. “Two Way Family Favourites” was Cliff Michelmore and Jean Anderson. When Cliff came back to the UK, they got married and a bloke called Bill (forget his surname) took over in Cologne. Sometimes they would link up with other areas where the British forces were stationed and we’d get “Three Way Family Favourites”. I recall Benny Hill inferring that “Two Way Family Favourites” was a rude programme like “Sportsnight With Your Coalman”.

      • On Sundays, my dad would go to the pub at lunchtime (leaving my mum free to cook the Sunday roast, natch) and he used to take me and my sister with him and set us up in the car listening to Two-Way Family Favourites with a Coke and a packet of crisps each.

        On a later Sunday afternoon, I was in the parked car (having refused to go for a walk with everyone else along the Moray Firth so I could listen to Pick Of The Pops) when I heard on the news half-way through that Marilyn Monroe had died.

      • I didn’t think Jean Anderson sounded right. T’web tells me it was Jean Metcalfe (and I reckon the ‘Bill’ you’re thinking of was Bill Crozier). Sunday afternoon radio was dreadful, apart from the sublime Round The Horne: stuff like Jimmy Clitheroe and Billy Cotton. Until Alan Freeman, of course, pop-pickers.

      • Chris.
        You are absolutely right. I don’t know where “Anderson” came from, I was thinking “Metcalf” as I wrote it. Jean Anderson was an actress of those days.
        I used to get depressed when “Sing Something Simple” came on because it meant school was getting closer.
        Still, we did have “I Love Lucy” and “Sunday Night At The London Palladium” to look forward to in the evening. A bit later on “77 Sunset Strip” brightened up Sunday nights.

  9. 1969, an upstairs room in a pub in a Clapham Junction pub. I lived up the Junction at the time and I would be at this pub almost every week for the folk night. That’s where I heard Jo-Ann Kelly first. She died very young and I don’t think I’ve heard her since.

    Liz Green reminds me of her a bit

  10. The album Baron Von Tollbooth and The Chrome Nun by Grace Slick, Paul Kantner and DaviD Freiberg was a great sixth form favourite. I never owned it but had a cassette copy that probably died in about 1979.

    I found it online about five years ago. maybe hasn’t aged that well but I still love it.

    • Another oldie that gets regular play at home – especially Flowers of the Night. I was ecstatic when these were released as cds a few years ago and bought this and Sunfighter as soon as they became available. The original vinyls are in my mum’s attic.


  11. Wow, I’ve already chased down so many of the obscure one’s I thought this was going to be really difficult. Almost immediately though I thought of this band. I saw them in concert in Jacksonville Beach in 1970. I sorta knew about them at the time from the movie Midnight Cowboy. People may have heard them doing Old Man Willow. They had released this as a 45 & it was getting lots of play locally. They were terrific in the concert & then promptly faded from my memory. I can probably accurately say I hadn’t heard this in 40 years till just now. Nice test of the internet. BTW they were the back-up group in one incarnation of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band. Great horns in this & a nice psychedelic shuffle.

    Mongoose – Elephant’s Memory

    • Oh , I forgot to apologize for the 45 seconds or so of Music Mike. Guess he’s the price( small one really) to have this available that easily.

      • I like Music Mike’s flashing globe and the track actually, new to me, quite groovy, not sure I’d agree with Music Mike about very psychedelic, but I’m glad to have made its acquaintance.

  12. Not at all sure why I’ve thought of this one; I remember thinking it was okay back when it first came out, haven’t listened to it since, and I have a vague recollection that the band turned into Coldplay or something like that… I do like the groove. 1993ish?

  13. There are very few things by Phil Lynott or Thin Lizzy that I don’t have, but here’s one I haven’t heard in ages and would really like to get my mitts on. Lynott started out playing in beat bands but because the music scene in Dublin was so fluid in the late sixties, he often sat in with all sorts of bands. In his later years, he lived in Howth on the north side of Dublin and got to know a local folk band – Chlann Eadair – and offered to produce this song which is a beautiful piece which is a tribute to Sandy Denny.

  14. Mine goes back to a time before I spoke English – around four, as my father tells. Appropriately titled the song is “When I’m a kid” by Demis Roussos, and in those early days in Tehran (as recounted by my father) I had begun to mumble the main chorus over and over, in my own phonetic way. Since then family and friends who were around like to resign it to me: “menemakid, …”. I must have sung it a lot.

    Soon people starting to think I was saying “my name is kid”, hence the generic nickname I bear to this day: Kid.

    This will always be a very special song to me, reminding me of Land Rover journeys, crossing rivers and wild lands, nature, ancient ruins, fishing, good times, good food, my brothers giant single speaker Sony tape player, Legos, playing soccer all the time, cuts, bruises and the mischief that ensured them.

    • Hi Kid – do we know you under another name, or are you a new, er, kid?

      I can see how this could get stuck in your head for a lifetime – very catchy!

      • I’m so sorry for my bad manners – I wasn’t logged in previously when i introduced myself, a few months ago, and i completely forgot that today. I’ve been a huge fan and a lurker of the spillblog for sometime, this place is fantastic.

        So sorry to intrude so rudely!

      • Hi Kid!!!

        What a great story and great song!!! I am looking forward to hearing more stories and music for you!!!!

      • Hard to say this without feeling like an avuncular New York baseball fan but….good to meet you, Kid. Don’t be a stranger now. Say hi to your Pops.

      • Ohhhh Kid…now, don’t blame me (promise?) but RR is Readers Recommend, on the Guardian website, of which the ‘Spill is an offshoot. Every week the Guardian journalist who oversees it (“the guru”) sets a topic and we poor hapless RRers suggest songs that fit that topic. The next topic will be announced tonight (midnight BST) and we have till next Tuesday lunchtime to make our suggestions, after which the current guru makes a list of the 10 best (the A-list) and the 10 second best (the B-list), and we all have a moan and then it starts all over again. Visit the RR blog and see…

        Have I missed anything out, fellow-‘Spillers?

      • Welcome from me too. A small amendment to Treefrogdemon’s excellent RR summary. The A-list isn’t necessarily the “best” songs but the ones that make the best playlist and, in theory, fit the topic best. The B list is for songs that didn’t quite make the A list but that the Guru loved (reasons could be because they were not enough on topic, A-listed in the past, or too similar to something on the A-list). If a song has been previously A-listed (aka zedded) it is in theory not eligible for another A-listing, but mistakes happen.

  15. Great picture, Barbyn – and some great music.

    Mine is “Rain all around me” by Steve Tilston which I remember from years ago, but never had on an album and could never find on the Internet. And so I’ve just had a look and there it is on I-Tunes, all the time, bold as brass. So I downloaded it and it’s not as subtle as I remembered, but it has that thing about it that makes it stick in your head – earworm territory.

    • Sorry, date would have been early to mid ’70s – Steve Tilston lived in Bristol for a while and I used to see him quite often, he’d play the local folk circuit (sort of before he got ‘famous’). I really liked the simplicity of his early stuff.

  16. My problem with this question (which is a great question) is that I’m forever thinking of songs that I’d like to hear and youtubing them. Consequently, not sure there’s many I could think of that I haven’t heard (relatively) recently. One that springs to mind though is this:

    The Mission: Butterfly on a Wheel

    Not a great video, but good-quality sound. I was never a massive fan but I thought this song was genius.

    • against my better judgement I’m seeing the Mission in October (for the support bands), I do quite like this song, haven’t listened to it for ages

      • The Fields of the Nephilim of course! Who are ‘sharing the stage,’ not supporting and Gene Love Jezebel who were a pretty pair a few years ago 🙂

        I vehemently claim to hate the Mission whilst secretly rather liking them.

    • Allegedly written about / for Julianne Regan of All About Eve. (I don’t think the ‘for’ was as in for her to sing, though.) Coincidentally, it was also the first Mission song that intruded upon my teenage conciousness (and no, I didn’t know that it was written about Julianne at the time). I still think it’s one of their better ones.

  17. What a nice way to wake up!!! Such a great challenge!!!! And WOW!!! So many posts already!!! You have all been very busy! I want to read all your posts but I will have to wait till I come home this afternoon as I want to post this and then I will rush to work!!!

    I had to think a little but then I remembered this!

    It is a little embarrassing actually…. I loved this song, BUT I was only 13!!!

    The song is called Love Machine by Morning Musume and it was released in 1999. It was a really big hit when I was in middle school and at the cultural festival for our school the Light Music Club which I was a member in, learnt the song and dance steps and performed this song to a karaoke machine the teacher borrowed from somewhere!!! It was really fun to do and we had so much fun rehearsing but we must have looked really funny!!!

    I cried so much after the performance as dad was away at sea (he was engineer on USA oil ships) and could not see it, but my younger sister scolded me for being selfish , she said he had to work to keep us and he would feel bad if he know I was crying!!! She is so much more mature than me sometimes – even now!!!!

    The words of the song are also really embarrassing now but I loved them at the time as they are so optimistic….now actually I an a little embarrassed!!!

    Some of them are:

    donna ni fukeiki datte
    koi wa INFUREESHON
    konna ni yasashiku sarecha midara
    akarui mirai ni
    shuushoku kibou da wa

    nippon no mirai wa (Wow x4)
    sekai ga urayamu (Yeah x4)
    koi wo shiyou ja nai ka! (Wow x4)
    Dance! Dancin’ all of the night

    Which means

    No matter how deep a recession,
    love is an inflation
    It’s indecent of you to treat me so nicely
    I hope to find work in the bright future

    The future of Japan (Wow x4)
    makes the world jealous (Yeah x4)
    Shouldn’t we fall in love? (Wow x4)
    Dance! Dancin’ all of the night

    But not all the words were nationalistic rubbish!! There was a lot about love and getting married and living happily also!!!

    I wanted to hear this song again as it reminds me of happy and childhood times, when I was still living at home and before I went to boarding school at 15 years old (about a year and half after that cultural festival) and stopped living on my home Island ever again except for holidays.

    So please forget the about the words and enjoy a really rocking cheerful pop song!!!

    Morning Musume and LOVE Machine

  18. Actually this happened last week. I remembered a cut that Chris had mentioned on RR a couple of years ago but I couldn’t remember either the title or who it was performing, all I could remember was that it was a fabulous piece of music. I emailed him and of course he came up with thje annswer, it’s called Friday Night in San Francisco. and the musicians are Al DiMiola, John Mc Laughlin and Paco DeLucia, here’s the youtube video, watch it, it’s fabulous!

  19. Back in the day (this was about 1974) we had a supply teacher at school, Miss Gaskin, who told us she was a singer by profession, in a band called Spirogyra, which of course we had never heard of. I have never understood exactly why she needed to be teaching music at our school while our regular teacher was out for a term, but our lessons were much more to our liking than they usually were under our regular teacher. Of course, being mightily impressed and impressionable, we rushed to record shops to buy Spirogyra albums and as a result I have always had a soft spot for Spirogyra and unswerving loyalty for Miss Gaskin (I could never call her Barbara!).

    Naturally, I forgot to nominate this under wine topics!

    Old Boot Wine – Spirogyra

    • SpottedRichard

      This is lovely song!! And a great story, it must have been great to have a prefessional singer as a teacher, even for a short time! I think good teachers are so important in inspiring kids!

      The song is really stuck in my mind know ….I love it!

    • I’ve only heard this track by them on the ‘Gather in the Mushrooms’ compilation (which I really like), cool story she has a nice voice.

    • Our music teacher claimed to have been in the touring group of Bee Bumble and the Stingers. One of the lads would bang out the opening chords of Nut Rocker every time he entered the classroom.
      He was one of them “cool dude” teachers so popular in the 1970s. Once brought a member of Uriah Heep in to talk about life in the music biz.
      Barbara Gaskin is the “It’s my party” lady isn’t she ?

    • Well, it still got nominated (by me), although your story about is a heck of a lot better than mine – which is, basically, the same as Beth’s (ie, I, too, found it on the rather lovely compilation Gather in the Mushrooms).

      • How the heck did I miss that you nominated it! I know, it’s probably my defunct brain or this microscopic laptop that can’t accomodate my worsening presbyopia. Every week JD’s playlist goes up and I see great songs that I completely missed, I want to slap myself. Just want to slap myself. Can I give you a very, very belated mega dond, zalamanda?

      • Of course you can. And it is much appreciated. It was always (I thought) an outsider for that topic, because only the title refers to wine. When we do RRSA philosophical approaches to life, however, it’ll be a shoo-in. (Or should that be shoe-in, in deference to the footwear reference also in the title?)

  20. Wow…here’s a chance to re-visit some almost-forgotten stuff….what counts as ‘years’ I wonder – 5, 10, 15, 20?? 25??? I can’t go more than 25!!

    • Blimpy – your “Six Minutes a Month” series has accounted for several of my potential answers to this question… I reckon, for purely selfish reasons, you should go back to that period.

  21. Rather a toughie, this. I’ve steadily revisited most of the avenues and alleyways of all my pasts since going digital with the music collection so I guess the major itches have been scratched. And I’ve reacquainted myself with this purveyor of proper Peelie fodder just in the past year. However, the CD I got hold of didn’t contain this memorable anthem, so this is my choice:
    Ivor Cutler – Pellets

  22. Back in ’76 (that’s 1976) Ottawa someone decided to have a folk festival and make it free. My older brother and I decided free was our favourite genre, and as teenagers will, into town we went. The lineup had all sorts of Canadian folk luminaries, but the one that stood out for us was a gawky, geeky kid with greasy looking hair, a squeeky voice and coke-bottle glasses. We bought his album, A Kid Full of Dreams, and it remains one of my favorite listens today – and not for nostalgic reasons. The kid, Roy Forbes from northern B.C., was 17 or 18 and went by the name of Bim,
    Jump forward 35 years and he was playing a small hall in my village in B.C. I took my son, then 16, and he loved it. We hung out afterwards to meet Roy and I told him our story and we remained semi-in touch afterwards. A Kid Full of Dreams is sadly out of print and my copy was overplayed, so Roy kindly ripped me a CD from the original. No, you can’t have it. But here’s a sample (from a later in life concert):

  23. When I was 16 it wasn’t a very good year for anything much really.
    I was a shy, gormless, gawky and stick thin teenager with spots, halitosis and a self abuse habit that means I still have to shave my palms to this very day.

    It was, however, the year in which I went to Germany on a school exchange trip. My “buddy” was, IMHO, a turd. We didn’t get on at all but, luckily for me he had two sisters who were much nicer.
    The older of the two was lovely and very kind to me, we spent hours playing a game called Imuri which was fun and walking their flatulent and foul smelling Dachshund.

    One day whilst “hanging” in her bedroom a song came on the radio with a lyric something along the lines of “Alas for thou art too young”. She looked at me and sighed “Ach ! Yes, zis is ze problem”. I didn’t understand what she meant. She was 19 and I thought of her as an older sister and , anyway, 4 years ! What an impossibly huge age gap !

    Anyway, it’s not that song ‘coz I can’t remember it. It’s a song that was all over the place like a rash at the time. I loved it then. Thought it was the greatest thing since sliced Pumpernickel. Now I cringe at it. Still like the guitar at the begining but that voice ! At least it proves there was someone even more wimpier than me in 1974 though.

    As for my “friend”. We kept in touch for a year or so. The last I heard was a letter telling me that the family were relocating to Lebanon ! Just in time for the Civil War.
    I sincerely hope that she’s still out there somewhere and happy. Perhaps with a son named after a long forgotten summer “romance” ?

    • Yes, I’m a softy really.
      She was (is ?) pretty ( well I thought so) with long blond hair. It was her personality that was attractive really though. She laughed a lot, probably at me.

      • You are very kind.
        No, I don’t write commercially ( have done a couple of reviews for Weirdo Music ( under the nome de plume of The Pube). I consider my stuff ephemeral and best given away free like those little plastic toys you used to get in Weetabix ( Never did get the complete set of Magic Roundabout figures, Ermintrude was amazingly elusive).

      • Pairubu.
        In my day it was baking powder driven submarines given away in Cornflakes.

        I seem to recall we had a discussion on RR once about your music teacher’s claims to having been in B. Bumble & The Stingers.

      • Oh you are way too modest, Those five reviews were hilariously funny. Laugh out loud funny and beautifully written.

        I used to collect The Magic Roundabout pieces. Never got Ermintrude either. (Lots of Brians though.)

    • I did put this song up for a “Choose a song that you Hate” topic and i’m sticking to it. You know i must hate it if i even hate the Nirvana cover.

  24. Pairubu!!!

    You are so romantic!!! I always knew you were really!!!! We say in Japan a cynic is a disappointed romantic so I knew you were a rpmantic really!!!! Oh Pairubu!!! I hope they are OK also.

    What was the girl like, was she very pretty??? She sounds really nice!!!

  25. Although I was never quite into music in my teenage years [ I’ve mentioned before that I was more interested in sport and being “outdoors”], I would often go to the local dance halls if I was going out with a girl at the time.
    These guys were regulars on the Liverpool circuit and often played at Litherland Town Hall. And this was one of their standard numbers back in 1963.

    Faron’s Flamingos…………”See if She Cares”

    • I understand that they were still working up until very recently. I also believe that at one time, they were more popular locally than the B**tles, but maybe webcore can confirm this.

  26. When I was a teenager, I used to – in common with many others, no doubt – listen religiously* to the Radio 1 Chart Show on Sundays (oft times with my finger poised above the [Record] button on my radio cassette player). Anyways, back then, the Annie Nightingale show was straight after the Chart Show, and I got rather fond of her style of presenting and of her musical selections.

    This was one of her regular picks – I never did track it down. Until now, that is (I’d forgotten the name of the artist, but fortunately the name of the DJ was sufficient to find the track).

    Cristina’s idosyncratically languid take on “Is That All There Is?”

    I remember picking up on Jennifer Warnes’ cover of “First We Take Manhattan” via Ms. Nightingale, too. But I found the 7″ of that in my local Woolworths (and the album in the library). I never found anything by Cristina in either place, or anywhere else for that matter. Instead, I found an old Peggy Lee E.P. in my parents’ record collection that featured her version of “Is That All There Is?”

    *This was the only religious thing about my Sundays.

    • Oh – year of release: 1980. Approximate year of me hearing it: 1988. So it’s not surprising I couldn’t find the record anywhere! I’m not sure how hard I looked, mind…

    • The song was written by Leiber & Stoller, the writers of “Hound Dog” and most of The Coasters hits, and was one of the last they wrote.
      In their autobiography, they explain how difficult Peggy Lee could be to work with at times.

      • Thanks, Mitch. It’s a lovely song, with a wonderfully tough insouciance to it. It has to be said that Cristina’s singing voice doesn’t do it justice (Peggy Lee and ber voice – diva or no – does, however).

    • Ooh – now I’ve started looking, I keep finding all sorts of interesting stuff. The single was withdrawn after the composers objected strenuously to the modifications to the lyrics (the changed lyrics were not always in the best of taste, alluding to sex and violence – possibly even in a fetishistic sense).

      Now I’ve listened to it again, it reminds me of the Nouvelle Vague records. Which I like.

    • Loved this!

      Sounds like our Sunday evenings were similar. I’m grateful to Annie Nightingale for introducing me to Bob Dylan – I remember her playing “Shelter From The Storm”, and it was the first time I’d listened to Dylan properly, rather than as something my dad was into.

    • @Z – the Cristina version was pulled by the record company as Leiber & Stoller didn’t take too kindly to her interpretation threatening legal action …

  27. There were lots of groups on the Liverpool circuit in the early 60’s, many of them at least as good as the Beatles. The Big Three, The Fourmost, Denny Seyton and, (one that you like I think ), King Size Taylor and the Dominoes.
    I don’t remember ever seeing King Size, I think he played mostly at St. Lukes Hall in Crosby which was a bit of a bus ride away from where I lived.
    The Beatles stood out, after Hamburg, in their dress style, the show they put on and the movement away from performing “standards”, and going on to write their own stuff.

    • Yes, I did like Kingsize plus Howie Casey & The Seniors. I also liked the Big Three. I once heard a couple of tracks by Freddie Starr (the future comedian) and The Midnighters – oh dear.

  28. @rockingmitch,
    That was meant to be posted as a reply to your comment. Should have appeared under “reply”. Sorry.

  29. It’s possible I’ve bumped into this over the intervening years but I remember being blown away by the intro to Vanilla Fudge‘s version of You Keep Me Hangin’ On back in 1967-ish. This is the ‘radio edit’ and so would be what I had my ear to when Radio Caroline (North) played it. Over-dramatic and now rather dated, at the time I loved its raw power. And, not being a fan of Motown in those days (I’ve softened since), I could legitimately prefer it to The Supremes’ more polished version.

    • Actually I was really hoping to find something by Kid Khaki and the Karamojos, a brilliant band that played around Manchester in the early eighties, particularly at The Lamplight in Chorlton on a Thursday. I’ve found someone reminiscing about those gigs where the legendary Nick the Greek did the chips but, unfortunately, no music. The internet hasn’t swallowed the entire planet yet, it seems.

    • Brilliant song open to all kinds of interpretations. I love the Tim Buckley cover of this on Dream Letter. It comes in at the end of Pleasant Street.


    • A brilliant song Chris given an, what shall we say, OTT performance that still manages to add something to the original. Legendary. Nice one.

  30. first thought was my first 12″ record I bought in 1983 – but steenb will remember this was quite a while ago I tracked it down – then couldn’t find my copy so re-purchased it in a 2nd hand shop for £1 bargain – brilliant.


    next up was

    seigen ono – comme des garcons
    just didn’t know why I had this music from a fashion show -I did some fashion photography but not for anyone like that – but if you look at the cover – Vaughan Oliver v23 design – even though it’s on Virgin.
    I like the track – fits right in with the sax revival (dated 1989 – i believe)

    but what I’m going for is an compilation album called 13 – I knew that was the title and it was from a French record label – but I just couldn’t remember the name of that label.
    When we left collage in 1990 there were no jobs – especially for for designers diametrically opposed to doing anything anyone else suggested – so we were in the process of setting up a fanzine/magazine -the mock ups looked great (even if I do say so myself) so alternative record companies would be sending us shed loads of music to feature and review (we had a good line in bullshit – and a visual identity – who would really believe we were 2 unemployed wasters up to our eyeballs in dept) oh – and they kept sending us these CD things – bloody waste of plastic – wouldn’t catch on… but we did have to find an accommodating member of Dixons to accidentally leave a cd player out the back door of the shop one Saturday – so we could listen to the things…

    …anyway the record label in question is Lively Art – I’ve just searched my tapes and found a copy – and bingo – I’ve just managed to download the music.

    Here is the final track:
    Gothic Collection d’Arnell Andrea – Anton’s mind getting blind

  31. Good question! And so many good answers so far. I may have mentioned that the only band I’ve ever considered myself a real fan of was REM. I was maybe 17, which is a good age to be a fan. I had bootlegs on vinyl. I don’t know where they are now. Just found one on youTube, though! I remember these songs really well…particularly Baby I and Sherezade. Really brings back the memories.

  32. In 1978 Kevin Coyne recorded a session for the John Peel programme and one of the songs (more like a poem set to music) was an (I think) improvised piece called Rainbow Curve.

    I taped it at the time but gave the cassette away to my then girlfriend. Well, I lent it actually but it’s all water under the bridge (ish).

    I used to tape stuff off the John Peel prog quite a lot in those days and had built up quite a quirky compilation.

    Rainbow curve was the one that sprang to mind when I saw this topic though. I don’t think it was on any of his studio recordings at the time but I think it has appeared on compilations since.

    I googled “rainbow curve kevin coyne” and got a few hits but I couldn’t find one where I actually got to hear the song.

    Of course it’s entirely possible that I’ve got this all wrong and it’s been available on one of his albums since the early Jurassic period. The only two albums of his that I own are Marjory Razorblade and Dynamite Days

  33. Janis Ian pulling all the heartstrings of a lovelorn college student around 1974.

    “But for tonight, turn out the light
    Hold me – come on, come on”

    still gets me.

  34. Good question and this is definitely a song I haven’t heard since the mid 70s when a mate of mine used to listen to it every morning as he woke up via some fiendishly complicated device incorporating his alarm and record player ( remember them ??). I have never really listened to Genesis since 1976 and the advent of punk so this may be a bit of a shock to the ears !!!

  35. I’ll go with the ‘first one you think of’ method too.

    Now, the mature, married, Guardian-reading, Andrea Dworkin book-owning me should be appalled at this, but I still think it’s great! I only remembered two lines from hearing it as a young teenager but it’s all coming back to me now….

    I’ve just listened on Youtube for the first time since then, and it’s still ace, although the music does sound a bit dated. ……….It’s the Poppies!!

    Pop Will Eat Itself – “Beaver Patrol”

  36. Had to think long and hard about this one, knowing there was a definite something lurking in a dark and dusty corner of my mind…
    I really liked a CD we were selling either just before I had TheBoyWonder or between kids – that makes it mid-to-late 90s. The music was Shawn Colvin/Indigo Girls-ish, and I can remember standing behind the counter and seeing the CD cover in the window display – it was pale yellow or cream coloured with an old-fashioned picture of two girls (or a picture of an old-fashioned girl?). The CD was by Amy Someone and Someone Else, but by the time I decided to buy it, we’d sold out and it never came in again.
    This thread has inspired me to go a-trawlin’ the interweb, and guess what I found?

    Amy & Leslie (don’t like the optics at all, and I wouldn’t rush out and buy this, but I reckon it’s them!)

    And then the dormant detective in me awoke and I clicked on, rather than which can be pretty paltry by comparison, and there I found an album called Take Me Home by Amy Fradon & Leslie Ritter, showing two women in a sepia photograph, which could be mine for a mere $0.96 plus shipping. Guess I’d better listen to the sample tracks…

    Thanks, barbryn!

  37. On my last move many moons ago, I had decided to give up my vinyl collection to the local charity shop after my mates had taken their fill and I have been clawing the tunes back ever since by CD or MP3. It is always a satisfying experience when in the process of virtual crate-digging, you come across an absent tune :

    “Oh my god Steve, it was only a monkey-wrench!”

  38. Thanks everyone for a fascinating thread. I put this question to my brother at the weekend, and his answer was so perfect I wanted to share it. Anyone remember this? I hadn’t heard it for 25 years:

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