Day 13: A song that is a guilty pleasure #30dsc

30 day challenge day 13: A song that is a guilty pleasure


This single came out in 1993 and reached #42 in the UK. The artist is Efua Baker (her first name is pronounced Ef-wah).

I feel like I’m in some kind of support group writing this.

“Hello, my name is Gareth and I own Efua—Somewhere on cassingle.”

I own this song on cassingle (remember those: cassette singles?). I own it not because I bought it but because our local record store—Borderline, I think it was called, in Galashiels—had a habit of giving away reasonably out-of-date singles for free when you bought a full-price album.

I picked up quite a few cassingles that way, including Efua—Down is the Drop and The Beautiful South—36D.

And, I have to say, I really like it. It’s definitely my guilty pleasure. A song so out of character for me.

I like it in part because it brings back happy memories of my final year at university; partly because it’s just fun and silly; and partly because I just really, really love her voice.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 49 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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