Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Seven songs 3...

The year is 1971, Sunday 28th March, 5.00pm in the evening to be precise; it’s Pick of the Pops time. There’s still the horror of Sing Something Simple to come afterwards, put off homework to do, school the next morning - starting with a three mile cross country run - but for now everything is Poptastic Pop-Pickers as the chart run-down begins.

Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman begins to dash through the charts in fine style as always whilst I sit with my finger paused on my cassette recorder; (record) 35 - I Think I Love You by The Partridge Family (stop, yawn), (record) 31 – Rupert by Jackie Lee (stop, urgh), (record) 25 – Granddad by Clive Dunne (stop, I’m losing the will to live), (record) 22 – My Way by Frank Sinatra (stop, snooze) and then suddenly straight in at 21 (record) Dave and Ansell Collins burst like a breath of fresh Caribbean air onto the radio and I am suddenly and immediately converted to reggae.

"Double Barrel", released by Techniques Records, part of Trojan Records, went on to top the Jamaican and UK charts that May for a couple of weeks. To this day I still have no idea why he was the magnificent double u o o o or why he wanted to enter the shack at the back of his baby’s soul. I have an inkling that they may have been some kind of sexual activity going on, mush, mush, mush, mush, because he certainly wanted to be hit one time, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh ugh and was practically begging her to break it up and to push your lips now.

No matter what the lyrics that Dave Barker shoutily sang, that tune turned me into Trojan fan and from thereon it was a reggae soul party all the way.

Good God, too much, I like it!

And I certainly did.

14 comments:

  1. Pete Bevins on FB
    That was a wow moment for 10 year old me too Andy

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    1. Andrew Height
      Monkey Spanner was pretty good too. Happy days.

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  2. Lindsey Messenger on FB
    O o o o yes this is magnificent.... Loved it and still do. Took me back to the disco,s at Thame youth centre on Friday nights.

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    1. Andrew Height
      You always were a skin Lindsey smile emoticon It was one of those tracks that changed lives.

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  3. Lindsey Messenger on FB
    O o o o yes this is magnificent.... Loved it and still do. Took me back to the disco,s at Thame youth centre on Friday nights.

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  4. Lindsey Messenger
    I know Andrew was only talking about it at works do saying how we sat in bath with new Levi's to shrink them to fit, Ben Sherman shirts, braces, Crombey coat.... And cutting hair with a razor comb!!

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  5. Gloria Brown on FB
    Aww this takes me back, love all the memories xx

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    1. Seems like a world away now Gloria.

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  6. Gloria Brown on FB
    Brilliant Andrew Height

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  7. Yep, I was there too with finger poised over the record button of my Phillip's compact cassette recorder. I really was back there for a few minutes whilst reading this. Thanks.

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    1. You are very welcome fellow Pop-Picker, not arf!

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  8. Steph Rogers on FB
    Oh memories, discos at the youth centre!

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    1. Andrew Height
      Yes, they were great days Steph.

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