A conversation at work on Friday:
Me: I’ve got this claim by a bloke called Lloyd…(surname redacted for obvious reasons)
Kay: I know that name.
Me: I doubt it…
Kay: Yes, I do. Wasn’t he a singer? In the 80s…?
Me: (after a pause) Do you mean Lloyd Cole?
Me: No. Not him. Because his surname’s Cole. Unlike the person I’m talking about.
Kay: You’re going to write about this, aren’t you?
Yes. Yes I am.
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Jennifer She Said
Previously thought dead series reactivation alert!
I have nothing much to say about this very over-looked single, with it’s references to gin and an oh-so-bonkers skewiff tune, sounding like We Are Scientists on a night out with Art Brut, gloriously featuring some Ba Ba Ba’s for you all to enjoy, other than it is utterly brilliant.
Listen and love:
Let’s Wrestle – We Are the Men You’ll Grow To Love Soon
This song very nearly made an appearance last week in the brief Back to School series I did, but I couldn’t decide which version to post, so I figured I’d leave it til another day.
Today’s the day.
But which version to post?
Don’t make me choose which version I like more. Let’s have both.
The Kinks – David Watts
And okay, apparently it’s Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa rather than Ba Ba Ba Ba-Ba Ba Ba Ba, but it’s close enough and I’m pretty sure that both Davies and Weller slip a couple of Ba Ba Ba’s in.
The Jam – David Watts
I think every school year has a David Watts. The one in my year was called Robbie. He was the captain of the team, and I was lucky if I made the becnh. All of the girls in the neighbourhood did indeed want to go out with him, whilst refusing to touch me with a barge-pole, no matter how much money I offered them.
I definitely wanted to be him.
And then he joined the army, and suddenly I didn’t want to be him so much anymore.
Not just a load of Ba’s in this revitalised series, but a positive flourish, a Ba Ba be Doobie Doop Do-Wah, if you will:
Badly Drawn Boy – Once Around the Block
The thing is, when you start writing a series with a very definite criteria, there comes a point where you run out of obvious songs to post.
And then your iPod reminds you of something you can’t believe you’d missed out, an absolute “How did I manage to forget this one?” moment.
I was about to (and still will in the very near future) extend this series to include La La La’s and Do-Be-Do-Be-Do’s when this popped up on shuffle, a song I’ve not posted since 2016, but a song which is as important to me as anything Quo, R.E.M., The Wedding Present or The Smiths ever did:
The Colorblind James Experience – Considering a Move to Memphis
Still a bit parky, innit?
This should warm us all up, a Big Beat belter complete with sampled iconic Quo riff (Caroline, just in case you’re one of those heathens who ‘think they all sound the same’)and a few Ba-Ba-Ba’s for good measure:
Apollo 440 – Stop the Rock
When listening to today’s track, try to ignore that this cover version of an old Troggs record was purportedly the inspiration for Wet Wet Wet releasing a bloody horrible version themselves in 1994, which stayed at #1 in the UK charts for 15 weeks until the band finally put us out of our misery by deleting the record from sale.
Instead, think about what a different band R.E.M. would have been if Mike Mills had sung lead vocals more often (I can only think of two others where he does: Near Wild Heaven and Texarkana, both from Out of Time). And then realise why that is, when Michael Stipe’s backing vocals really swoop in towards the end of this:
R.E.M. – Love Is All Around