Saturday, 15 November 2008

Me - semi perfect?

I’m 48 today so time for a short but self indulgent Birthday Post. 48 (that’s nearly 50!) used to be old. Look at old movies, say a 60’s grim up north kitchen sink drama, and people in their 40s are proper grown-ups and usually miserable and look like what would now pass for 60 (at least). Thank God for the extended adolescence we all have now. I’m going to do my best to grow old disgracefully and resist the urge to moan out loud about the crap the youth of today calls music because that gives me away (I’ll still do an internal groan). And don’t get me started on the state of the film industry!

Anyway, to celebrate I’ve decided to post my theme tune. It’s from one of Todd Rundgrens ‘difficult’ proggy albums but it’s actually a wonderful piece of psychedelic pop and the words seem to fit.

mp3: Todd Rundgren - Real Man (1975)

Finally, here is the number one UK single from 15th November 1960:


If you’re wondering about the heading in mathematics 48 is a semiperfect number, sometimes referred to as pseudoperfect. Now that sounds like me.

30 comments:

Kippers said...

Many happy returns Mickster!

Anonymous said...

Nice that you should post Real Man (there seems to be no Todd in circulation) but it made me miss the original version on "Initiation" which I haven't heard for years.
Lotta Love, Michael

Casey said...

Happy Birthday bro!
And thanks for turning me on
to something new...on many of occasion.
And props to a great blog!!

dickvandyke said...

Great achievement our kid. Am just behind you... and still a daft fucker.

Have a small sherry and an early night to celebrate; you've earnt it.

Oh and when this song was out, it was nearer the end of WWII than it is to the present.

Mick said...

Kippers and Casey,
Thank you.

Anon,
This is the Initiation version, i just ripped it from a compilation disc.

Fuck me, Dick, you've just made me realise my date of birth is nearer the end of WWI than it is to the present. I need to lie down.

Davy H said...

True story: you gave it away previously and I actually wrote in my Real Pen & Ink Diary - 'Mick = 48". And then, well, you know...a mate turned up, a bottle was opened, we had to watch 'Merlin' with the girlies (good one tonight I thought) and...FECKIT! I FORGOT!!!

Happy Birthday You Silly Old Fart xxxx

Mick said...

What really Pen & Inks is your excuse for being late. I just said to the missus "He's not flying to Switzerland til Sunday so there's no excuse." You got there in the end though and I thank you.

Simon said...

Happy birthday!!!! Hope you've had a good day!!

Mick said...

Thank you, Simon. I had to work this morning but it's been good.

Anonymous said...

Mum says Happy Birthday....oh and that's from me and Anita as well, I expect the card got lost in the post, but then you know what Royal Mail's like.

BrotheRay

Mick said...

Yes thank you, Raymond. Joanie's card got through and several from Scotland but only yours got lost.

Davy H said...

You diss ME but your own brother's card didnt arrive!? The nerve!!! OK, so here's more kissies from me and Mrs H xxx (she has a Gong album btw)

Miss Parker said...

A wonderfully Happy Birthday to you! :-)

MissP
X

So It Goes said...

Sorry it's late,but happy birthday for yesterday, Michael, and many more of them. All my very best, Steve.

Mick said...

Well, I expect it from him, Davy. And I can forget his later this month.

Thank you, Miss P.

Steve,
I expected you to be late because of the time difference so thanks.

adam said...

Can I claim time difference too? I'm almost in another country. Well, Wales.

Let me be the first to wish you a very happy 49th
adam
xx

Mick said...

Yes, that's cool, Adam.

ib said...

Happy birthday, Mick. From one old fart to another.

Mick said...

Thanks, ib. There's a lot of us about.

Anonymous said...

Actually Mick I was expecting a Birthday blog dedicated to me !!
Plus the number One from the day I was born...Cor that Flannagan and Allen, they were a pair of cards!!

BrotheRay

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Mick from the H's. Little Sophie Rose just missed it and was born on the 16th - how come they all look like father when they're new born? Maybe the frown and stare. Believe me 48 is nothing. I've found your blog at 58!!! and you had a 3 year old that put me to shame. Don't worry, I won't stalk you.

SisteRos.

JON said...

Always late to the party - usually by 5 hours. But Happy Belated, Mick!

Planet Mondo said...

Happy belated birthday Mick - hope you had a tear up, know exactly what you mean about the old school over fourties (and even over thirties) - even back in the 80s anyone over 32 was typically some middle aged fuddy with a moustache - when (and why) did it all change - great tunes BTW there's not enough Elvis on the blogs is there?

Mick said...

What's this, another sibling reading my blog? I'm glad I never mentioned I stole her Byrds single 30-years ago.
Jon,
To be fair i was talking to you on Saturday about Phil Spector and I could have dropped a hint.
Mondo,
I haven't thought this through full but I think things started to change in the 80s when the when the old 60s music fans didn't see why they should 'grow out' of their music.

JON said...

That DID cross my mind, Mick. I chalk it up to mad revelry!

Mick said...

..and another thing. Don't show this blog to my mum again. Last time she told me off for tell everyone she was 80.

Anonymous said...

I wont tell mum! I promise I will never look again!!! OK you can keep the Byrds single but don't tell another brother I nicked his Penticost Hotel by the FIRST Nirvana band.

SisteRos

dickvandyke said...

Strewth Mick. Nearly 30 comments from all corners of the earth and a family reunited in love and confessions.

More power to yer blogging elbow old lad.

Anonymous said...

With all you buggers nicking each others records I'm glad I kept mine under close scrutiny. By the way Mick I have replaced that Fred Wedlock album, you can now come clean about the originals disappearance.

BrotheRay

EuropeCrazy said...

Happy belated birthday and may you continue to grow old disgracefully! :)