50 Ways to Prove I’m Rubbish #23

I’ll be honest, when I started writing this series, the plan was that they would culminate at or around my 50th birthday.

And here we are in November, over a month after my landmark moment, and I haven’t even got halfway yet.

In fact, I haven’t even written one in over a month.

This is entirely indicative of my inability to plan ahead: you would think that having hit upon the idea of writing 50 posts about 50 records I disliked when they were first released but which I now love, you would think I would then spend a little time considering what those 50 tunes would be.

Not this guy. Oh no.

“It’ll be fine,” I told myself , “they’ll just come to you,” .

And this slap-dash for no cash approach was proven to be true this week when watching the inspiration for many things I post here: the reruns of Top of the Pops on BBC4.

These repeats are now into 1988, and thankfully a period where less controversial Radio 1 DJs feature, so fewer editions have been wiped from the running order.

And specifically, to this song, which I remember thinking at the time was really rather dull, but now I see it for what it is: one of the finest soul records from the past 30+ years.

Put it this way (and I can think of no finer recommendation of any record): nowadays, when it comes on the radio I turn it up rather than down:

Womack & Womack – Teardrops

Actually, thinking about it, it might have been Love Wars that I really hated, but I was wrong about that too.

Anyway, more soon.

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11 thoughts on “50 Ways to Prove I’m Rubbish #23”

    1. Haha! They were one of the other acts which got a mention on TOTP which made me think: “Jesus wept, I remember having to play that (when DJ’ing the Chart Night) at college.” Definately not one I rue for disliking at the time.

  1. ‘Teardrops’ was one of the better tunes of the era but I thought ‘Love Wars’ was fantastic. The problem with so may of these records of that time now is the production which can sound a bit inorganic, to say the least.

    1. Agreed – although I only realised how great they both are with the benefit of hindsight, I’m afraid. And yes, there’s many songs which pop up on those TOTP reruns where I find myself thinking: “Well, if I didn’t already know this was first aired in the 80s…..”

  2. A truly wonderful song:

    “And the music don’t feel like it did when I felt it with you” (we’ve all been there haven’t we?).

    Whispers in the powder room, “She cries on every tune” (not called the powder room where I come from but yes, where teardrops are invariably shed).

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