The Songs That People Sing

First let's hear somebody sing me a record that cries pure and true

Month: April, 2012


I loved 1982. Dunno why, its not like there was anything going on especially interesting. Although Safeway at Barbican opened…and the Barbican centre itself actually. We used to just walk around the Barbican me and my best mate imagining we were in the film Logans Run. Geeks. I also saw Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back as a double bill at Holloway Odeon. Double geek. Comics were going through a good quite ‘cosmic’ period and I spent as much time in comic shops as record shops. Triple geek. Eating oven pizzas from the new Safeway fed me and almost every chart hit from 82 soundtracked me. The following year every mood changed. 82 was probably my last flush of innocence.

Paul Weller’s record collection


This has been high on the playlist this week, alongside a version of Marc Bolan’s Desdemona (from his Johns Childrens days) a song that The Jam used to play live.  This is a cracking tune, but that riff at the beginning should be familiar to Weller fans.

Cover Version

I have nothing else to say except, wait a sodding minute; Robert Wyatt covering The Style Council’s Whole Point Of No Return?  On a trumpet? Bloody lovely.

And Mr Weller performing it live in the West Country in 1984: