Monday, September 17, 2012
Once upon a time, many years ago, I made a total tit of myself when I drunkenly and loudly proclaimed that the next song that was going to come out of the stereo was the greatest song ever written.
Sadly...I made the mistake of doing so when I was in a friend's house and so was completely unfamiliar with the controls for his CD player which, unusually for the time, could take more than one disc at a time. So instead of the world hearing the opening notes of' How Soon Is Now? they were treated to Save A Prayer by Duran fucking Duran. (old joke there for the Contrast Podcasters).
It was a humiliating moment in my life. I didn't live it down for a long while.
I was relating this story to a friend the other week. She laughed but said she could easily beat it in terms of embarrassment. Turns out she was right.....
She and a friend came back to their halls of residence one very hot evening in June. They had both had a bit to drink and felt the perfect end to the night would be to go to a common room where more drink could be had and more importantly there was a CD jukebox which contained entire albums and they both wanted to hear all of The Queen Is Dead. At least three times.
Armed with pocketfuls of coins they loaded up the jukebox. Sat down and listened. Yes....the title track came on. But when it came to Frankly Mr Shankly, it was nowhere to be heard. Nor for the matter did any other track by The Smiths.
In a bit of a drunken stupor, letters and numbers have been mixed up rather badly and although they did get the title track three times, they also got three plays of nine other completely random tracks, some of which were OK. But to have this three times in the middle of a summer heatwave left them ashen-faced:-
Tthe track it replaced was Never Had No One Ever.....no comment required.
I will spare the blushes of said friend by not naming her. But she does play keyboards in a band that I'm awfully fond of...
These great songs are for her:-
mp3 : Trembling Blue Stars - ABBA on the Jukebox (7" edit)
mp3 : Young Marble Giants - Wurlitzer Jukebox