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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

1. Serious Drinking - Love on the Terraces

If there's one song that sums it all up for me it's 'Love on the Terraces'. It's simple, straightforward, honest and reflects a time before everything became so serious. It's like a lower league version of 'Teenage Kicks', but with football related philosophical undertones, and the trademark 'talky bit' near the end.

Serious Drinking were the self-styled 'third best band in Norwich' in the early eighties, combining punk, ska and indie influences with a cheeky and often humorous lyricism. They were in no way overtly political, but what they had to say really resonated with me and songs like 'World Service', 'Winter's Over' and 'Country Girl' all contained a serious message masked behind the comedy.

I can't put it any better than James Brown on the original sleeve notes to 'Stranger than Tannadice';

"If you now spend Sunday mornings with your head in the papers when you used to spend them with it in a bucket, these notes and songs should remind you of life before maturity gripped. Of an attitude the Drinkers loved to highlight. That alcohol, dancing, football, humour and kissing have always been more pleasurable than career lessons and body building, and you'd do well to remember that."

And so there it is; fifty songs in fifty days and an awful lot of writing and photo-shopping. Here's hoping you enjoyed one or two and now let's get back to what I've been listening to for the last month and a half.

1 comment:

  1. Cracking top 50 tracks. I bet you're glad that's done. I'll have to do mine at some point. Maybe in a few years...