Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year

So the ole blog has just about made it through another year. If all goes to plan there will be regular posts with a common theme running for the whole of next year and I’ll be returning to my roots with loads of vinyl rips.

I’ll finish this year with a song from my favourite new album of 2010. All right, I’ll be honest, it’s the only new album I’ve bought all year but it was a good one.

Happy New Year to you all and be sure to check back next year.

Bill Nelson - Real Worlds and Dream Worlds (2010)

Monday, 27 December 2010

Another fine singer gone..

I got a DMCA takedown notice for my Dec 14th post about the sad death of Woolly Wolstenholme. Apparently posting a 38-year old song to a select group of people, most of whom had never heard of him, is a big no no even though the response was very positive. Well today I read of the passing of Teena Marie. I don’t know a lot about Teena but some of her songs have found her way into my collection including her biggest UK hit ‘Behind The Groove’. I’m going to risk the wrath of DMCA and share the 12-inch version of that song. Most of you probably already have it. Those of you who haven’t need to hear this and investigate further. That’s how blogging is supposed to work. I know I like most of you have bought more music because of blogs. Maybe those guys will get it one day.

Teena Marie - Behind the Groove [12' Version] (1980)

Friday, 17 December 2010

Random Friday

Welcome to my second random record day, where you choose the music. I’m going to post them in the order I received your numbers.

Kippers chose 86:
Eurythmics – Never Gonna Cry Again (1981)
I was quite a Tourists fan and had both of their LPs so this first Eurythmics single was eagerly awaited by me. I was quite disappointed at the time, considering it not to be electronic enough and I only bought it from the bargain bin some weeks later. Now I think it’s pretty good. Not up there with Love is A Stranger but I like Conny Plank’s production, the metronomic beat and the instrumental break in the middle. Annie Lennox is quite restrained, too restrained I thought at the time but considering her occasional tendency to go over the top I now consider it a well judged performance.

Simon chose 57:
Bananarama – Aie a Mwana (1981)
It’s easy to forget that Bananrama were quite a hip band in their early days. Originally recorded under this title by Black Blood, this is a great record actually recorded as a demo according to Wikipedia. It’s sung in Swahili which the girls had to learn phonetically. Oh, and of course Keren Woodward was hot.

Mondo chose 16:
Spandau Ballet – The Freeze (1981)
I’ve cheated a bit on this one. As fine as this single is I had to dig out my 12-inch version. In fact this is the ‘Special Mix’ featured on Side 2 of the 12-inch. It’s six and a half minutes long and the finest version of this song you’ll ever hear. However unhip this view might be Spandau Ballet were bloody great at their best.

DavyH chose 33:
Malcolm McLaren – Duck For The Oyster (1983)
I knew I had Buffalo Gals and Madam Butterfly but I totally forgot about this one. It all came flooding back when I put it on. An energetic and fun novelty record and I don’t mean that in a disparaging way.

DickVanDyke chose 7:
Tom Tom Club – Under The Boardwalk (1982)
I’m not generally a fan of cover versions this one gets it right. Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz & Co update the old Drifters classic and make it their own.

DarkDance chose 51:
Fashion – Silver Blades (1980)
And I’m glad he did. The final single by the original line-up of Fashion. If I was a bit disappointed with this at the time it’s only because I was comparing it to the outstanding Steady Eddie Steady, Citinite and Product Perfect LP. Taken on it’s own merits it’s a good example of Fashion’s trademark reggae influenced sound.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Woolly Wolstenholme (15 April 1947 - 13 December 2010)

I was saddened to read this statement earlier today: "It is with profound sorrow that we have to announce the passing of Woolly Wolstenholme. In recent weeks Woolly's mental health had taken a turn for the worse and sadly he took his own life on Monday 13th December 2010. In this difficult time our thoughts are with Woolly's partner, Sue. We would ask all of Woolly's fans to remember his incredible contribution to popular music and his unique presence on stage."

You all know progressive rock is one of my guilty pleasures. Woolly Wolstenholme was keyboard player for Barclay James Harvest (second from left in the picture). He was my favourite type of keyboard player: one who provided orchestrations, colour and textures. He played Mellotron a lot which is a big plus in my book.

Degenerated blog

As you may have noticed I had just about given up on this blog but I got a new turntable this weekend so I’ve been digging in the vinyl cupboard again. These are the first three tracks from Pink Military’s Do Animals Believe In God? LP which despite being a cult favourite has never received a CD release. I was going to rip all of side one but I got sidetracked. I’ll upload them at a later date if there’s a demand for it.

Pink Military – Degenerated Man (1980)
Pink Military – I Cry (1980)
Pink Military – Did You See Her (1980)

To celebrate my new turntable purchase and give it a good workout I’m going to repeat my random singles experiment so choose a number between 1 and 100 and I will play the corresponding record from one of my singles boxes (probably on Friday).

Friday, 17 September 2010


Five posts in five days and all from the same box. I haven’t managed that in a long time. This record is the sort of obscure indie post punk stuff this blog was built on before I started neglecting it. The only reason I haven’t featured it before is I was going to link it to a ZigZag article about Wasted Youth that I found, but of course that would require time and effort so it was put on hold indefinitely. If you liked the gloomy stuff from my blogs classic period you should like this.

The band line-up is:
Ken Scott (vocals & guitar)
Rocco Barker (guitar)
Nick Nicole (synth)
Darren Murphy (bass)
Andy Scott (drums)

This single was released on Bridgehouse Records which, according to Wikipedia, was a label set up by the bass player's father in the pub he owned in Canning Town.

Side A: Wasted Youth - I’ll Remember You (1980)

Side B: Wasted Youth - My Friends Are Dead (1980)

Produced by Peter Perrett of The Only Ones fame.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Random Thursday

A big thank you to the six people who chose numbers for todays post. I had a back-up plan in case nobody bothered (an internet random number generator) but I’m so glad I didn’t have to resort to that.

So – let’s see what songs you picked. I’ve posted them in the order the emails arrived.

Davy chose 44: The Tubes - Prime Time (1979)
Because of their onstage antics the tubes had a reputation for being outrageous in the tabloids, probably aided by stories from their publicists. This though is a great melodic pop song from their best album Remote Control. Previously featured three years ago. Click here to see the coloured vinyl.

Simon chose 69: The Undertones – Julie Ocean (1981)
I particularly liked this at the time because it was a bit of a departure for the undertones, being more laid back than we’d come to expect. I couldn’t possibly link to an mp3 though because Feargal doesn’t approve of that sort of thing. If I was going to I’d put it here just for a few days. If Feargal calls I’ll tell him Simon made me do it.

Mondo chose 27: X-Ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescence (1978)
Brilliant choice from Mondo. One of my favourite records of the era. Bizarrely this was sandwiched between Secret Affair and Dionne Warwick

Kippers chose 88: The Motors – Love and Loneliness (1980)
A big production from The Motors first featured on the blog three years ago but well worth another listen.

DVD chose 11: Led Zeppelin – Over The Hills And Far Away (1973)
Looks a bit out of place here, doesn’t it? This is a US import I bought cheap in the late 70s. It’s Led Zepp in fairly restrained mode starting acoustically and building nicely. I still like it.

Tarkers chose 99: The Maisonettes – Heartache Avenue (1982)
Thanks Tarkers for giving me an excuse to post this. It sounds like it was influenced by 60s girl groups and soul but the production is very early 80s. I used to keep it near my Mari Wilson records.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Wednesday - You must be crazy!

It occurred to me listening to this that if The Specials dropped all the political posturing and concentrated on making music instead of trying to write ‘issue of the week’ songs (we’ve done teenage pregnancy, date rape, inner city decay – what can we do now?) they could have been a pretty good band.*

This is great! Play LOUD!
Rico and The Special AKA - Jungle Music (1982)

B-side’s pretty good too
Rico and The Special AKA - Rasta Call You (1982)

I’ve decided tomorrow is random Thursday. Give me a number between 1 and 102 and that’s the record(s) I’ll post tomorrow – even if it’s embarrassing.

*The views expressed above do not necessarily represent the views of the author. In fact it could be a ruse to wind up aging rude boys.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010


…and another record from my randomly selected singles box.

This EP was originally given away with the Rockpile Seconds Of Pleasure LP and it does what it says on the tin: Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds perform four Everly Brothers songs live and unplugged in a radio studio. If you haven’t heard these versions before you’re in for a real treat. The vinyl rip is a bit noisy so if you like it the CD reissue of Seconds Of Pleasure features shiny digital versions.

1 Take A Message To Mary
2 Crying In The Rain
3 Poor Jenny
4 When Will I Be Loved

Monday, 13 September 2010


I pulled a random singles box out of the vinyl cupboard this weekend and the plan is to post a single every day this week. Shouldn’t be difficult.

I’m starting with this 60s girl group inspired jangly power pop gem. If that doesn’t arouse your curiosity nothing will.

Expressos - Tango In Mono (1981)

Monday, 23 August 2010

Doesn't sound like a charleston to me...

I only found out a couple of weeks ago that the Lotus Eaters’ No Sense of Sin has finally been released on CD. It features the original album plus 8 bonus tracks of non-LP singles, B-sides etc.. One track conspicuous by its absence is the wonderful “Charleston Mix” of You Don’t Need Someone New, originally found on the b-side of the 12-inch single. Luckily, I just happen to have a copy.

The Lotus Eaters - You Don’t Need Someone New (Charleston Mix) (1983)

Friday, 13 August 2010

Soul Shoes

I was looking after the boys today so I got the turntable, big speakers and a random box of singles out for a treat. Played this Graham Parker song for the first time in years. I bought it when I was 15 having read several rave Parker reviews in the music press but frankly didn’t think it was any better than OK at the time. Sounds bloody great to me now. It’s not rare or anything – it’s from Parker’s debut album – I just enjoyed hearing it again and wanted to share.

Graham Parker and The Rumour – Soul Shoes (1976)

It’s from the days before picture sleeves were common so I made my own with sticky back plastic and a copy of the NME

Friday, 28 May 2010

Sleeping Lions

The band appears to be trying too hard to look different but it’s what’s on the grooves that counts, right? This is one of those difficult to define records – they seem to be trying to create their own genre. The vocals and music have an oriental feel and the production is distinctly 80s. I suppose maybe you could dance to it (I can’t). Just give it a listen – you’ll love or hate it.

Sleeping Lions - Wonderful You Are (1982)

Sleeping Lions also made one of the best club records of the early 80s which I’ve been trying to get hold of for years. It’s called Sound of My Heart and you can hear it here.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Nice try - goodbye

I bought a handful of 12-inch singles from a charity shop a few weeks back, presumably all donated by the same person because they were all from the same era and of a similar style. There was actually about a dozen of them but they wanted £1.75 each (a lot for one of these establishments) and I had gone in there with the intention of spending up to £10 and I’m not an impulse buy sort of person. All right, I admit it, I’m tight. The thing is I went back a week later to get the remainder and of course they were gone and I was pissed off.

Anyway, this is the pick of the ones I bought. Paul Hardcastle was a bit of a keyboard wiz but couldn’t sing so he gave us that N-N-N-N-Nineteen nonsense. Getting Carol Kenyon in to sing a proper song was a much better idea - just ask Heaven 17.

Paul Hardcastle - Don’t Waste My Time (New Extended Version) (1985)
Featuring Carol Kenyon

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Picture post

I took this picture this morning in Pirbright. The sign next to it reads: “The Gruffalo was created in order to advertise the Village Open Day and Scarecrow Festival on Saturday 12 June.” Don’t know about you but I’m impressed.

Might upload a song to go with it later. What do you reckon – Pink Floyd’s Scarecrow?

Friday, 21 May 2010


Another lazy post I’m afraid.

I took this picture last Monday in the park at the other end of my road. That’s one of my boys on the horizon. I also had another son and a dog with me and they’re probably somewhere in the shadows.

Moody Blues – The Sun Set
A wonderful prog/pop/psych hybrid. I love the sound of the mellotron and the undisputed master is Mike Pinder of the Moodies.

Heaven 17 – Sunset Now
From their ‘Best of’ CD. When I get the chance I’ll replace it with a rip of the 12-inch single.

In totally unrelated news my car was covered in ash this morning and the kids were herded straight into their classrooms because of this.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

My first Youtube upload

I've made a little Sgt. Rock video using the pictures I posted a few weeks ago.

Friday, 30 April 2010

A treat for you…

I picked up this EP with a live Style Council track at a charity shop last week. It was originally free with issue 1 of The Hit, a magazine I don’t recall at all.

It’s a good performance. No idea if it’s still exclusive.

Style Council - Walls Come Tumbling Down (Live) (1985)
Recorded at Manchester Apollo 14/6/85

Thursday, 29 April 2010

1980 again

"Oh, no! He’s posting prog again!"

From Mike Rutherford’s Smallcreep’s Day LP, side one of which was based on Peter Currell Brown's surreal novel of the same name. And yes, that’s Mike Rutherford of Mike & The Mechanics who are responsible for many crimes against music but this is excellent whatever your genre bias. I know you all hate prog but you’re just bigots.

Mike Rutherford - Working In Line (1980)

Mildly Interesting Pop Fact: the singer on this is Noel McCalla who apparently auditioned for the 2009 series of X-Factor but didn’t get past the 'bootcamp' stage.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

1980 Single of the Week

In 1980 with the release of the Black Sea LP I thought XTC had peaked. Little did I realise this was just the beginning and they would go on to be one of the greatest British bands ever.

The scans above are from the free poster that came with the Sgt. Rock single.

Side One: XTC - Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me) (1980)
Side Two: XTC - Living Through Another Cuba/Generals and Majors (Live) (1980)
Both ripped from the original single.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Thursday, 22 April 2010

1980 Single of the Week

My I’ve been a lazy blogger. After a reasonable start to the year everything ground to a halt. This after I hatched my cunning plan for a regular 1980 Single of the Week post. To make up lost ground the rest of this month is going to be all 1980 all vinyl!

Starting with this…

Bill Nelson’s first post Be Bop Deluxe and Red Noise single and the first release on his own Cocteau label. Do You Dream In Colour was a preview of his forthcoming Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam album. I remember it seemed to take forever for that LP to finally see the light of day, eventually arriving some two years after the Red Noise’s Sound-on-Sound. Two years between albums doesn’t sound like much these days but it was an eternity back then. At least we got four tracks – Bill’s singles from the early 80s were usually quite generous with non-album bonus tracks.

If you only know one Bill Nelson song chances are it’s Do You Dream In Colour. It got mostly favourable reviews, at least one pointing out a similarity to an old T-Rex song (I forget which one), and was a small hit, peaking at No 52 in the UK chart. It’s not really what I expected at the time, I had anticipated a more electronic sound, but I was won over by its jaunty poppy sound which is a bit at odds with the lyric.

The first two songs on side 2 are by the touring version of Red Noise, possibly destined for the planned but never released 2nd album. Neither would sound too out of place on Sound-on-Sound. If you’re familiar with that LP it’s easy to imagine Ideal Homes in the middle of side 2 and Instantly Yours has a similar vibe to Stop Go Stop.

Finally Atom Man Loves Radium Girl features Bill Nelson on all instruments and is probably nearer to the sound I was expecting.

The three side 2 songs are not currently available on CD even though they would have made ideal bonus tracks on the Quit Dreaming reissue.

Bill Nelson - Do You Dream In Colour (1980)
Bill Nelson - Ideal Homes (1980)
Bill Nelson - Instantly Yours (1980)
Bill Nelson - Atom Man Loves Radium Girl (1980)

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Happy Birthday

I’ll have to be brief because I’m not supposed to be blogging at the moment. I’ve packed the kids off to school (easier said than done) and taken the day off work so I can spend some quality time with Mrs Mick on her birthday, which she just happens to share with Clare Grogan…

Friday, 12 March 2010

Bonus Friday post

This is the 3rd and final 70s Talk Box record in my mini series. I bought this back when I was 16. It’s not cheesy or saucy like the others but it turned up on a 70s CD set I got (from my favourite charity shop again) and when it unexpectedly blasted out of my cars speakers I was struck by how great it sounded, but also how the production and singing style (which won’t be to every ones taste) and particularly the synth and (Talk Box) guitar solos rooted it firmly in its time. Not that that’s a bad thing.

John Miles - Slow Down (1977)

Interesting pop fact: John Miles was a member of a band called The Influence which also included the great Paul Thompson of Roxy Music fame.

Another cheesy Friday treat

Remember that song I posted last week that was cheesy, saucy, raunchy, sexy etc? Well I didn’t intend it to turn into a series but I’ve got an even better record from the same year which is all that and has the Talkbox guitar. Hard to believe this record was almost a guilty secret tucked away in my odds & sods box. It sounds like an absolute classic now.

Fox - S-S-S-Single Bed (1976)

There’s a brilliant TOTP performance here. I just watched it with my 6-year old who’s off school today and he says it’s rubbish

I’ve got one more Talkbox classic from 1976 that I want to share. It’s by a male artist, it’s not as sexy and cheesy as Dr Kiss Kiss and S-S-S-Single Bed but it’s funky and urgent. Any ideas?

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

1980 Single of the Week

What with 1980 being 30 years ago now (can you believe that?) this is a cunning plan I’ve come up with to ensure I do at least one post every week. I considered doing this a few years back with 1978 singles and in a way I regret not doing it. It would have been an interesting mix of new and old wave music. By 1980 I was firmly in the new wave camp but I wasn’t about to give up on all my old favourites so this series may throw up a few singles which will shock and appal you.

I’m going to start, however, with the sort of single you would expect to find here; a double-A from Fad Gadget AKA Frank Tovey. Fireside Favourite got far more plays due to its brassy synth and funny lyric. Actually the way it mixes sexual imagery with a description of a nuclear explosion was probably meant to be disturbing but it appealed to my sense of humour at the time. We always sang along with the ‘now we’re just a scab on a piece of wire’ line near the end back in my house sharing days.

Insecticide is life from a fly’s perspective. Probably the reason I favoured the other side.

Fad Gadget - Fireside Favourite (1980)
Fad Gadget - Insecticide (1980)

Friday, 5 March 2010

I’m not joking – I love this song…

I got this on a disco CD from that favourite charity shop I’m always going on about. I’m not sure I would describe it as disco but it could only have come from the mid 70s with the ‘talk box’ guitar that was all the rage at the time. Words that come to mind are kitsch, arch, corny, saucy, foxy, brash, cheeky, sassy. Those are all good things by the way but for me the song is made by singer Linda Kelly who gives it a far better performance than it deserves and does those great screams, especially the one at 1.50.

5000 Volts - Dr Kiss Kiss (1976)

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

To Heaven A Jet

This is another of those ‘can’t believe I haven’t already posted this’ posts. I was saving it for a planned series of posts on Bill Nelson’s Cocteau records but realistically any series of posts just isn’t going to happen.

I know nothing about To Heaven A Jet. They didn’t even get to play on both sides of this single. The b-side was credited to Revox Cadets which was actually a Bill Nelson pseudonym and can be heard on one of my previous posts. Airfields has the characteristic cold and synthy sound of its era and went the way of most Bill Nelson productions, ie sank without trace, but we love this sort of record round these parts.

To Heaven A Jet - Airfields (1981)

Friday, 19 February 2010

Boogie Woogie

Remember the late 70s when everyone from Mike Oldfield to The Beach boys tried their hands at disco? I’m sure this will divide opinion but one of my favourites is Wings’ Goodnight Tonight. Macca tackles the genre with his usual gusto (and a Spanish guitar solo).

This is the 12-inch version which I believe has never been released on CD.

Wings – Goodnight Tonight (1979)

Monday, 15 February 2010

You're my with added b-side

I always think of this as a companion to the record I posted on Friday. I know I bought them both unheard around the same time and in both cases was hoping for something Numanesque. This one was much more what I had in mind with its cold synths and detached vocal.

Greg Vandike – Clone (1979)

Greg Vandike was from Plymouth and from what I gather after a little Googling was quite well known in the area as a DJ, concert promoter and record dealer. Sadly, he died in 2007.

My Googling also revealed that his mother was June Marlow of The Stargazers who were the first British act to reach number one in the UK Singles Chart. She also sang the Fry’s Turkish Delight jingle so I think this is her (but I don’t guarantee it).

Following a request from MD I have now uploaded the B-side All of the Girls. If you enjoyed Clone I recommend this – it’s at least as good as the A-side, possibly better.

Greg Vandike - All of the Girls (1979)

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Sunday Soul – Betty Everett

Got this CD for £1 from my favourite charity shop on Wednesday. It’s a twofer containing her Love Rhymes (1974) and Happy Endings (1975) albums. Betty Everett is of course best known for The Shoop Shoop Song and a quick search of YouTube will display some northern soul stompers that show she could really belt them out. These two albums are much more laid back, especially Happy Endings with its lush Gene Page orchestrations.

The soulful Sweet Dan is the opener no Love Rhymes and I’m Your Friend is the funkiest this CD gets.

As a beach boys fan I had to check out her version of God Only Knows and I wasn’t disappointed. I have a theory it’s impossible to make a bad version of this song unless your name is David Bowie. Perhaps even better is the sumptuous Here’s The Gift.

From Love Rhymes:
Sweet Dan
I’m Your Friend

From Happy Endings:
Here’s The Gift
God Only Knows

P.S. Also got Wizard of Oz DVD for £1.50 and Odyssey Greatest Hits for £1

Friday, 12 February 2010

You can't be serious

I’ve been meaning to post this record by Robert Broberg from Sweden since I started the blog but I could never decide just what to say about it. Is it a novelty record or does he think he’s written an earnest song about dehumanisation or something? If so the very un-machinelike bleeps about a minute in and again near the end were a mistake unless the intention was to raise a smile.

Robert Broberg – I Wanna Be A Machine (1979)

As you can see it was pressed on futuristic clear vinyl.

On second thoughts it’s definitely tongue in cheek. Or is it? Can Mr Kippers, the blogospheres resident Swedish music expert shed any light on this?

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Clearing my head with The Quads...

I had beer for the first time in two weeks last night and as a consequence woke up feeling a bit groggy this morning. Ironically blasting this out of the speakers seemed to help with the healing process.

Don’t know much about The Quads except this was the first of five singles released between 1979 and 1982 and the only one to trouble the UK chart, peaking at #66. An energetic live performance, I recommend this if you like late 70's new wave/mod tunes.

In 2001 John Peel listed it as one of his all-time favourite records.

The Quads – There Must Be Thousands (1979)

Play LOUD!

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Out of print

I came across this when I was tidying my CDs the other day and thought I’d see if it had been reissued yet. It hasn’t and a 2nd hand copy from Amazon will set you back £54. Not bad for an impulse buy from a little shop in Redcar some 22 years ago. I bought this mainly because I liked the Beatle-esque single Keeping The Dream Alive - Beatle-esque nearly always does it for me. I haven’t played it for ages but I remember the rest of the CD having a sort of Beatles/Aha vibe which was fine with me at the time.

As I understand it the extended version of Keeping The Dream Alive is particularly sought after because it was only included in certain territories.

Freiheit - Keeping The Dream Alive (ExtendedVersion)*

Freiheit - Diana

*Performed with The London Symphony Orchestra and The Jackson Singers.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010


If you want to talk great bass players the name Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) has to me mentioned at some point. There are many great examples of his playing (especially on live recordings where he makes up for other JA members deficiencies) but this is a personal favourite. Very melodic with a lovely fat sound that perfectly compliments the mostly acoustic accompaniment.

Hot Tuna - Watch The North Wind Rise (1976)

And for anyone interested I’ve often claimed this as my favourite song of all time. It’s definitely in the top 5.

Monday, 1 February 2010

The Evils of Society

This was supposed to be a ‘Sunday Soul’ post but I had trouble uploading to Mediafire so here it is a day late with a change of title. For a limited time only have a listen to two wonderful thematically linked Motown songs. Both are new to me and from The Complete Motown Singles Vol.10: 1970 which Mrs M bought me for Christmas.

Martha Reeves – I Should Be Proud
A brilliant heartfelt performance from Martha Reeves.

The Supremes – Bill, When Are You Coming Back
B-side of up the ladder to the roof with a great Jean Terrell performance.

Both these songs are co-written by Pam Sawyer and I don’t know this for sure but I’m guessing she wrote the words, because both have an almost conversational style: “I was under the drier when the telegram came” and even better “we moved by the Coke machine, oh, so we could say goodbye” which makes them somehow more 'real'.