Having read this blog I decided to have a mini rummage through my small CD single collection. CD singles never really took off in my house. It wasn’t the format but the price that put me off. It’s a shame because to this day I still think of the singles as the most important part of my record collection. I’ve got singles by groups whose albums I would never consider buying because even the unlikeliest bands could, however implausibly, come up with three minutes of magic. To me singles should cost between £1 and £1.50. Some CD singles were £3.99!!! That’s what I paid for most of my albums. It’s still only £1 less than I pay for most CDs now. All (usually) for one good version and three crappy remixes of the same song. If I’m coming across as a grumpy git it wasn’t like that, I just changed my priorities.
That long winded introduction explains why I only have 30-40 CD singles and most of them cheaper than average or from Woolies bargain bin. There are still a few good ones like this favourite from 1996, definitely not from the bargain bin:
mp3: Booth and the Bad Angel - I Believe (Edit)
mp3: Booth and the Bad Angel - IBelieve (LongVersion)
mp3: Booth and the Bad Angel - WhenYouSmiled
“Why be a song when you could be a symphony?” I always loved that line. I loved I Believe the first time I heard it and for me that line was the main hook. If anyone wants to write it off as 6th form poetry that’s fine - it works for me. Amazingly, I knew Angelo Badalamenti from his soundtracks but had no idea who Tim Booth was. Of course I had heard Sit Down by James, in fact I loved that song, but I hadn’t heard anything else by them and assumed they were one hit wonders. I certainly didn’t know Tim Booth was their singer. This will give you some idea how out of touch I was in the 90s.
Buy Booth and the Bad Angel here
Some more 90s CD single foraging, sorry rummaging, to follow in the coming weeks…