#20 Twenty Years Ago Today

Had Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band stuck in my head for the last week, so here’s a letter composed of Beatles song titles…

Dear Prudence

I want to tell you
I should have known better
Don't pass me by
Because
I’ve got a feeling
We can work it out

Oh! Darling
I need you
In my life

Can you take me back?

From me to you

Julia

P.S. I Love You

Song Lyric Sunday: Whole Wide World

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is
Atoll, Island, Key, Lagoon, Peninsula, Reef, Tropical
.
The song must contain a reference to the prompt in the title or the lyrics.
If the song does not meet these criteria, please explain why you chose it.


Make way for Wreckless Eric’s two-chord punk paean with a whole lot of heart.

Written in 1974 and recorded in 1977, Whole Wide World is about finding your one true love, wherever and whoever they may be.

The song only reached No. 46 on the UK charts, but has attained the status of cult classic and been covered by the likes of The Lightning Seeds, Mental As Anything, The Monkees (reunion tour!), The Proclaimers and Elvis Costello.

It also made it into the 2006 film Stranger than Fiction, where Will Ferrell serenades Maggie Gyllenhaal, earning him a severe snogging.

And who wouldn’t kiss the love of their life after they’d searched the entire planet for you?

When I was a young boy
My mama said to me
There’s only one girl in the world for you
And she probably lives in Tahiti.

I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world just to find her

Or maybe she’s in the Bahamas
Where the Caribbean Sea is blue
Weeping in the tropical moonlit night
Because nobody’s told her about you

I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world just to find her
I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world
To find out where they hide her
I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world just to find her

Why am I hanging around in the rain right here
Trying to pick up a girl
Why are my eyes
Filling up with these lonely tears
When there’s girls all over the world

Is she lying on a tropical beach somewhere
Underneath a tropical sun
Pining a way in a heat wave there
Hoping that I won’t be long
I should be lying on that sun swept beach with her
Caressing her warm, brown skin
And then in a year or maybe not quite
We’ll be sharing the same next of kin

I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world just to find her.
I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world
To find out where they hide her

I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world just to find her
I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world
To find out where they hide her

Yeah!
Whole world

Songwriters: Erik Frank Goulden
© Imagem London Limited

Song Lyric Sunday: This One’s For John Peel

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is
Communication, Information, News, Telephone
.
The song must contain a reference to the prompt in the title or the lyrics.
If the song does not meet these criteria, please explain why you chose it


Teenage Kicks was the debut single by The Undertones, a Northern Irish punk band. Released in 1978, the song made the giddy heights of number 31 on the UK charts. Despite the best efforts of John Peel, who said of the song: It doesn’t get much better than this! And requested a line from it be inscribed on his gravestone.

John Peel was a British DJ and a law unto himself: If he liked your music, he played it. Sometimes twice in a row, as he did with Teenage Kicks. He played any genre and didn’t care if you’d recorded it in your mum’s bathroom or a professional studio. An attitude borne out by the legendary Peel Sessions: Where bands recorded and mixed their songs in a day, giving the music a raw edge.

You may wonder why I’m banging on about a guy who half the planet has never heard of, but bear with me on this one. Peel’s eclectic playlists opened generations of young British ears to music beyond the mainstream. And he was a godsend to unsigned acts. Having your demo played on his show bought you a step closer to landing a record deal.

Such was Peel’s appeal (sorry), most Brits over thirty can tell you where they were when they heard the news he’d died. My husband was doing a course in Totnes at the time. The announcement came over the radio, and everyone, bar two people, stopped what they were doing and stared at each other in shock and disbelief.

The two guys who hadn’t clocked the gravity of the news are excused because one was a Yank and the other a Canuck. And bless them, they thought the British reserve was crumbling because the Queen had died.

But back to the song. It mentions the word telephone and combines an infectious guitar hook with adolescent angst and heartbreak. Has the mating call of the greater-spotted teenager ever been bettered?

Are teenage dreams so hard to beat?
Every time she walks down the street
Another girl in the neighbourhood
Wish she was mine, she looks so good

I wanna hold her wanna hold her tight
Get teenage kicks right through the night

I’m gonna call her on the telephone
Have her over ‘cos I’m all alone
I need excitement oh I need it bad
And it’s the best, I’ve ever had

I wanna hold her wanna hold her tight
Get teenage kicks right through the night, all right

Are teenage dreams so hard to beat?
Every time she walks down the street
Another girl in the neighbourhood
Wish she was mine, she looks so good

I wanna hold her wanna hold her tight
Get teenage kicks right through the night

I’m gonna call her on the telephone
Have her over ‘cos I’m all alone
I need excitement oh I need it bad
And it’s the best, I’ve ever had

I wanna hold her wanna hold her tight
Get teenage kicks right through the night, all right

I wanna hold her wanna hold her tight
Get teenage kicks right through the night, all right

Songwriter(s): John O Neill
© West Bank Songs Ltd.

John Peel (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004)

Fibbing Friday 15th October 2021 – The Schlocky Horror Show

Frank (PCGuy) and Di (Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday. To join in, write a post with your answers to the 10 questions below and tag it #FibbingFriday. Then link back to Fibbing Friday so others can enjoy the answers and join in too!


Exactly what did Columbus do in 1492?
Something his mother warned him about. And because contact lenses hadn’t been invented, he got lost trying to find India.

Why does Canada celebrate Thanksgiving in October rather than November as the US does?
Because that’s when the turkey hunting season starts.

Why do we carve pumpkins into Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween?
Because there are laws against doing it to people.

If “octo-” means eight, then why is October the tenth month?
Because the standards of numeracy were quite shocking back in the day.

Why do kids dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating on Halloween?
Because they’re evil little bastards who enjoy tormenting their neighbours.

What is the movie, Hocus Pocus about?
A biopic about the Dutch rock band Focus. Fun fact: Bette Midler did the yodelling.

In the Movie, Halloween, why was Michael Myers sent to an insane asylum when he was only six years old?
All the local schools were oversubscribed.

Continuing from the previous question, what did Myers do when he escaped approximately fifteen years later?
He changed his name to Austin Powers and became an International Man of Mystery.

What was the movie, Lost Boys about?
A dyslexic sailor doomed to sail the seven seas because some bugger nicked all the channel markers leading into port.

According to legend, why don’t vampires have a reflection?
Because they are so cool and sexy, mirrors explode in their presence.

#16 Candles, Tons and Dead Men

Image credit: quotesgram.com

I can’t think of anything sensible to say about the number or concept of sixteen, so here is Sixteen Tons written by Merle Travis and performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

The poem Sixteen Dead Men by William Butler Yeats:

O but we talked at large before
The sixteen men were shot,
But who can talk of give and take,
What should be and what not
While those dead men are loitering there
To stir the boiling pot?

You say that we should still the land
Till Germany’s overcome;
But who is there to argue that
Now Pearse is deaf and dumb?
And is their logic to outweigh
MacDonagh’s bony thumb?

How could you dream they’d listen
That have an ear alone
For those new comrades they have found,
Lord Edward and Wolfe Tone,
Or meddle with our give and take
That converse bone to bone?

And the trailer for Sixteen Candles: