I found myself humming a tune I hadn’t thought about for decades today, but nothing I Google can tell me who the singer was, and if anyone will know it’s sure to be someone here.
In the mid 80s I was given a tape by a friend of mine. I don’t think I ever heard of the performer in any other context so it’s highly possible that they never made any national impact their only recordings were tapes sold at gigs. I’m pretty sure he was Northern English, and the songs were very much in the Jake Thackray mould. I remember bits of three of them:
1) The spirit of a soldier contemplates the pointlessness of the war memorial with his name on it (‘Now the kids use it to sit on, and the dogs use it to pee. / They should have saved their hard-earned brass and planted a tree / To be all in remembrance of me.’)
2) A sardonic take on love songs when romance vanishes if it is over-analysed (‘So I don’t think I’ll ever write another love song / Because love is just the interaction of personality defence mechanisms.’)
3) A bawdy seaside postcard of » Continue Reading.