This was number one in 1961. I love the sound of it, so dramatic. That’s the Joe Meek sound. Joe Meek was the producer and you can see him in the video, winding bits of tape and what not. No apps in them days.
Joe Meek recorded hundreds of artists and produced loads of pop bangers, arguably becoming the first producer-as-a-star. He didn’t play an instrument himself but he was the pioneer of the field where you don’t have to ‘know’ music to make music.
Meek was clearly a genius but was a bit unhinged. A wee read of his Wikipedia page will take you through the madness, repressed sexuality, paranoia, court cases and anger issues which led him to the 3rd February 1967 when took a shotgun, killed his landlady and then himself.
9pm Safari Lounge. Jackpot £30. Cheat: One of the music round answers is Limahl, performing the greatest song ever written. See the vid:
Every single woman in Britain fancied Limahl in 1984. It’s just the way it was back them. There were fewer options.
Women had seen Harrison Ford but they knew he lived in America. Limahl represented hope, something achievable.
Limahl’s real name was Christopher Hamill but he was a clever wee cunt and anagramised his last name, dropping the first to create Limahl, a name heavy with mystique and sex.
He joined Kajagoogoo. They had a hit. I have a specific memory of watching Hearts v East Fife at Tynecastle in the Scottish Cup with the Kajagoogoo hit playing at half-time. It was midwinter, absolutely freezing and I had a heavy cold. I wasn’t a fan of either team.
The only warm thing I can remember from that day was Kajagoogoo and therefore Limahl and his name like a balm.
Who the hell are Counting Crows? I’m not sure. I always see their sheet music in charity shops.I always wrote them off because of their name. I thought, who wants to count crows? That sounds tedious. They must be tedious.
Listening to this video now, there’s obvious artistry but they remind me of R.E.M. It’s all a little po-faced, a bit too worthy for me. Where are the jokes? But I can see why people like them.
And the guy with the dreads is asking for a slap.
God they don’t half go on as well. The song is still playing and that’s me finished the post. Doesn’t happen too often..