30 day song challenge day 29: A song from your childhood
Sailor—Girls Girls Girls
We used to have this British Relay Wireless (BRW) television that had, if I remember correctly, four channels (BBC 1, BBC 2, STV and Border TV) but if you then pressed a button it would switch from TV to Radio and offered four channels there too (I can’t remember which ones, although BBC Radio 2 was probably one of them.
British Relay was a cable TV company, so the TV was plugged into the wall using a very particular socket with loads of pins. I remember being both excited and disappointed when we had to move to a conventional TV aerial because the signal wasn’t as good as cable and we dropped one of the ITV channels (STV, which meant no more Glen Michael’s Cartoon Cavalcade on a Sunday afternoon).
Sailor’s “Girls Girls Girls” is the first song I remember playing on the radio. It came out in early 1976.
Is it just me or does the song in places sound like The Muppet Show theme tune?
30 day song challenge day 28: A song that makes you feel guilty
Ferry Aid—Let It Be
A song that makes you feel guilty? I pondered. There isn’t one. How can a… and then I remembered this song.
Ferry Aid were a British-American ensemble group, brought together to record the song “Let It Be” in 1987. The single was released following the Zeebrugge Disaster, which had occurred on 6 March 1987 involving the capsizing of the MS Herald of Free Enterprise ferry, which killed 193 passengers and crew.
My dad bought me this single when it came out, and I remember sitting in my room, with my back to the door, with some school friends. Someone picked up this single and started teasing me for owning it.
Those immature days when anything less heavy than Slayer was a shameful offence.
So I joined in, so to be a part of the group, to be accepted. “Oh, my Dad bought it for me, I don’t know why I don’t even like it. What a…”
And then I turned around and standing in the doorway was my Dad. He’d heard everything that I’d said. He looked hurt, quietly closed the door and walked away.
I can’t remember what I did. Whether I chased after him or not. But the truth is I really did like the song. It’s by The Beatles, to whom I’d been introduced by my Dad. It features cracking guitar solos by Mark Knopfler and the late, great Gary Moore.
The thing is though, because it was a Beatles song and they hail from Liverpool, and have a ferry for all these years I’ve always been convinced that this was a song to raise money for a Mersey ferry disaster!
30 day song challenge day 27: A song that you wish you could play
Slayer—Seasons in the Abyss
There really is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to play this song, taken from Slayer’s 1990 album of the same name: Seasons in the Abyss. I’ve got the TAB music for it and I can play along to the intro.
That said, this song has one of the best intros to any metal song. In the history of metal. Ever.
(There’s a really great cover of the song by palendre, an older-looking, white-haired guy on YouTube.)
30 day song challenge day 25: A song that makes you laugh
Needless to say,
the beast was stunned.
Whip-crack went his whippet tail,
And the beast was done.
He asked us:
“(snort) BE you angels?”
And we said,
We are but men
Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahn,
Ohhh, whoah, ah-whoah-oh!
This is not The Greatest Song in the World, No
This is just a tribute.