Initial Thoughts

I’m thoroughly enjoying the latest series of BBC Drama Line of Duty; it’s shaping up to be the best yet, with more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing (to quote Blackadder).

Of course, to fully follow it, then you have to be up to speed with what the oh-so many acronyms which appear on the show mean: there’s AC-12 (the Anti-Corruption team whose investigations we follow in each series), who this time are trying to track down a UCO (Under Cover Officer) who has infiltrated a OCG (Organised Crime Group) but who has gone AWOL (you probably know what that means, to be fair) and more than a little bit ROGUE (erm, rogue).

Which reminded me of this series that I started just over two years ago, wrote exactly one post, and then forgot all about.

What I’m hoping for is that at some point, this acronym will appear in the show and I’ll maybe understand what this song’s about:


Naughty By Nature – O. P. P.

More soon.

Initial Thoughts

Look at this – not just back, but back with a new thread!

Quite a long time ago, I thought I might start writing what will undoubtedly end up being a very sporadic, intermittent thread, featuring songs by artists with initials in their name, or songs featuring the same, or both. I must confess, this idea was kind of bubbling just below the surface for a while and then was nudged up above water level by whoever it was (The Beard, I think) that suggested “EMF” by EMF a while ago on The Chain (remember that…? Stick around….).

Last night, I realised that I have a picture of today’s artist hanging up in my flat, yet have never posted a single song by her (apart from in The Chain, where she’s featured once, suggested by yours truly). Time to rectify that, I think.

So here we are, with the first record in an occasional series, and I can think of no finer way to kick things off than with a song which was written by Cat Stevens, covered by the likes of Rod Stewart and Sheryl Crow, and which Stevens himself released on his “New Masters” album in 1967 – shortly after today’s version was a hit.

Apparently, Stevens sold this song to today’s artiste for £30, which seems a fricking bargain, if you ask me. Her version was released first, and in my humble opinion, is the version which has never been bettered:


P. P. Arnold – The First Cut is the Deepest

You know the drill by now: more soon.