A day in the eighties

So at work today I was trawling through my mp3 player, and decided to play something relaxing from the past. It ended up being a bit of a Simon Bates “Golden Hour” for 1982. What surprised me most of all was the quality of the music. Some of the recordings were not at “modern” production levels, but for sheer talent and foot tapping ability it was superb fun. So what was the album that triggered off this listening experience I hear you ask…

Too-Rye-Ay by Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Originally released in 1982, this was the second album from Kevin Rowland and Dexy’s Midnight Runners and most reviews will say it is best remembered for “Come on Eileen”. However, there is far more to this brilliant album than just one track. It is one of very few albums in my collection where every track is played, and nothing gets skipped over. Stand out tracks for me would have are;

“Plan B” for Kevin Rowland’s heart aching intro, and the brilliant fiddle and sax playing throughout the song.
“Liars A To E” for the throbbing pulse of northern soul which can drive you on no matter what, and again for the brilliant fiddle and vocals.

And for another blast from the past, I discovered that a late eighties BBC comedy experience is finally set to be released as an Amazon.co.uk Only boxed set. This would be the startling wit of “A Bit of Fry & Laurie”. Now if you found youself doing the hand emphasised double quotes around that title as you read it, you know you owe it to yourself to go and buy a copy. I know I will be on the preorder list!!! Soupy Twist!

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