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Dec 07

KEN BOOTHE – “Everything I Own”

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#359, 26th October 1974

“Give up my life, my heart my home” – Boothe sings this high-stakes plea like a man who’s already lost the bet: he wants to continue abasing himself, piling more and more onto his end of the scales, potlatch-style, but his lover has simply got up and walked away. “Everything I Own” is a thoroughly dejected record, but also a pathetically lovely one, with the rising “is there someone you know” plea at its hopeless centre. Boothe’s vocals are the deal maker or breaker here. His phrasing is impeccably precise – he knows this is the last time she’ll pay attention and he’s weighing, choosing, and forcing out every word even though they’re just carefully-placed straws to cling to. Even his consonants tremble! To be honest his nerdy neediness inspires more pity than sympathy (in other words, you can intuit why he’s got the push) but as an old school indie boy I can get down with pity too. 

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    rosie on 3 Dec 2007 #

    Here’s one that surprised me a bit when I revisited it – I thought it was something else altogether. Never mind, it’s not something I feel too bad about when it comes up in the mix. I remember it, but it doesn’t awaken any associations.

    David Gate’s original is too deliquescently sugary for my tastes, so actually I prefer this version. Ken sings it very nicely, but the tow parts – the song itself and the reggae beat. He’s just too impeccably precise – thanks Tom for finding the right phrase for me. The song clops along and Ken fits the words exactly to the rhythm, but reggae doesn’t suit sentimentality, and it all comes out too mechanical.

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    Tom on 3 Dec 2007 #

    I think reggae and sentimentality can mix really well – lots of the lovers’ rock style for instance – though I agree it doesn’t necessarily work here. (It doesn’t NOT work either – its reggaeness doesn’t add or subtract anything much from the song for me, though I’d need to go back to the original to see if I liked it better.)

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    Doctor Mod on 3 Dec 2007 #

    I remember the original version by Bread. Now that was somewhere beyond either pity or sympathy, indeed it possessed the sort of maudlin emotionality that makes me keep my distance from much of the music of the 70s. But I rather like the jaunty reggae rhythm that suggests that “everything I own” is meant on a metaphorical level rather than a literal one. (We do say things like that in moments of great emotional distress, but I’ve never seen anyone really give up everything they own to get a lover back. Even if they did, it probably wouldn’t make a bit of difference.) And, if you listen closely, he says he’d give up “ANYTHING” he owns. Ah! There’s a quantative difference there–a healthy bit of self-preservation, I’d say.

    I like this enough to have it on my iPod (but then mine can hold 20,000 songs so perhaps that’s not so special). But if you really want to hear Boothe doing the pitiful thing, listen to his “Crying Over You”–which is too pitiful for Doctor Mod’s iPod.

    (BTW, I deleted a whole paragraph in which I discussed this disc vis-á-vis that OTHER reggae version of this song. Then I thought, was THAT ever a UK #1? No, I told myself, not possible. One can be wrong!)

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    Mark G on 3 Dec 2007 #

    I think I should point out in all fairness, the song was originally about David Gates’s dad dying, and him wanting to give everything to have him back again. And Ken’s version, adapted and changed to be about a leaving lover, seemingly not able to change the title to suit.

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    Marcello Carlin on 4 Dec 2007 #

    I remember Paul Burnett extracting many wan laughs from his impression of the intro to “Crying Over You” – “When you CROYYY,” because all them people talk funny innit? Yes it was ’74 and It Ain’t Half Black And White Neighbours Mum was all the rage on TV but even so…

    “Everything I Own” – which becomes the second vocal number one after “Unchained Melody” never to mention the title in its lyric (albeit by accident) – was definitely an attempt at crossover; hitherto Boothe had done some pretty extreme (if still rootsy) stuff with Keith Hudson, Coxsone Dodd and Leslie Kong but for “EIO” he came under the production wing of the far more commercially minded Lloyd Chalmers. I make no great claims for it as a record but it was nicely surprising to see it getting to number one at the time – this was also the period of John Holt’s 5000 Volts Of Holt, a rather more durable proto-lover’s rock record (with its top ten cover of “Help Me Make It Through The Night” a couple of months after “EIO”), though of course the practice of covering recent(ish) pop or soul hits in the JA style wasn’t exactly new in ’74.

    Boothe I guess is best known these days for being cited in “White Man In Hammersmith Palais” by the Clash, wherein the hapless Joe Strummer wanders in expecting roots ‘n’ blood ‘n’ fire and gets (a) a lush cabaret-style show and (b) a firm and timely lesson about the disparity between white boy expectations of black culture and the needs of the black audiences themselves. He goes on to say that “we” just won’t, or can’t, understand and thus the whole rickety misconceptions will carry on unchecked (the limousine for Hitler etc.). It ends with him as marooned and desperate as any British male singer since John Leyton, pitifully stammering that he was only looking for fun, leave me alone, but then he can’t even look at himself.

    However, to me the most remarkable reggae crossover hit of ’74 was “Ire Feelings (Skanga)” by Rupie Edwards, an uncomprising, up-to-the-minute dub deconstruction of “Everyday Wandering” by Johnny Clarke with swooning vocals and echoes which put me in mind of AR Kane a decade and a half ahead of schedule. Somehow it managed to climb to number nine in our lists. The question is why “King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown” (150,000 copies allegedly sold in the UK, but you won’t find it in Guinness) didn’t follow suit a year later.

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    Waldo on 4 Dec 2007 #

    Oh, yes. Now you’re talking! My earliest recollection of this was trying with difficulty to convince a close school chum of mine, who happened to be black, that the song had actually been written by the cheesy white guy from Bread, a group Nigel loathed but whom I thought were brilliant; and that Jamaican Ken Boothe’s Trojan release was a cover (or “nicked, as I put it). It actually required me showing Nigel’s own copy of the record to him confirming David Gates as the writer and coupling this with a newspaper article I had kept concerning Bread headlined “Guitar Man”, before he accepted it as the truth. This, I’m afraid, opened the door for much Waldo mischief and enabled me to reveal that Gates was indeed an inveterate reggae composer and that a large proportion of material released by Trojan and its subsidiaries was in fact written by him. These included tracks by Jimmy Cliff, The Upsetters and Dave and Ansel Collins. I’d like to say I pulled this off but I didn’t, as it was complete bollocks, of course.

    Cover it may have been but this was one of the highlights of the year for me. The song in the first place is superb. Boothe’s delivery heightens it further and what we are left with is pure excellence. A first class intelligent pop ballad given a pleasing reggae coating by a fine performer from a truly great stable. I think this was a choice number one.

    Marcello – “Ire Feelings” really hit the mark for me. A great production.

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    mike on 4 Dec 2007 #

    Much as I liked my pop-reggae, this was too downbeat to register much with me at the time. However, I’ve certainly grown to love it over the years – and more so after it kicked off the dancing at the best wedding disco I am ever likely to attend, as the groom’s Jamaican parents and extended family took to the floor way ahead of schedule (it was only supposed to be a post-prandial warm-up track!) and stayed there for the next four or five hours of classic soul/funk/disco.

    For other examples of enjoyable reggae pop covers, seek Honey Boy Martin’s “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” and “Spanish Harlem”, Toots & The Maytals’ “Louie Louie” and “Take Me Home Country Roads” (with West Jamaica replacing West Virginia), Jimmy London’s “I’ll Never Find Another You”, The Cimarons’ “Over The Rainbow”, Rob Walker’s surprisingly effective “Puppet On A String”, and most especially, Winston Heywood’s sparkling take on “Da Doo Ron Ron”.

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    Marcello Carlin on 4 Dec 2007 #

    Which reminds me – Boothe’s first hit in Jamaica was a cover of “Puppet On A String” back in ’67 but I’m not too sure whether that was before/after/concomitant with the Rob Walker one.

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    Marcello Carlin on 4 Dec 2007 #

    Also the John Holt record was 1000 Volts Of Holt – as far as I know he never did any Tina Charles cover versions *sigh*…

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    mike on 4 Dec 2007 #

    Well, my Rob Walker “Puppet” 7″ is on the UK Jackpot label from 1971… and looking through the label catalogue, it would seem to be to the reggae cover version what Almighty Records would later be to the hi-energy cover version: http://reggaerevolt.foren-city.de/topic,636,-jackpot-uk.html

    Lloyd Charmers did a very pleasant cover of Phil Collins “If Leaving Me Is Easy” in the early 1980s, by the way.

    I also appreciated Marcello’s point about “the disparity between white boy expectations of black culture and the needs of the black audiences themselves”. There was a great article in Songlines magazine a couple of years ago which addressed a similar issue with regards to African music, i.e. the significant difference between carefully marketed “authentic” music packaged to appeal to middle class white European audiences, and the music which is actually popular with people of African origin, but which sounds too cheesy for middle class white European tastes, despite sell-out London/Paris shows for the artists in question, most of whom remain complete unknowns outside of their immediate constituencies. The article makes the point that on this basis, you can more or less split the monthly Sterns sales chart in two, as confirmed by the store’s staff themselves.

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    Kat on 4 Dec 2007 #

    This was one of the first reggae tracks I ever paid attention to, as it was featured on my treasured 1993 compilation ‘Ragga Heat Reggae Beat’ – I’d never heard of Ken Boothe, or Jimmy Cliff (or Johnny Nash, or Derrick Harriott or Sugar Minott) before and so they all kind of merged into one (much adored) reggae monolith. I only bought the tape because it had Snow’s ‘Informer’ AND Shaggy’s ‘Oh Carolina’ on it (both those + Musical Youth = bonus win!).

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    LondonLee on 4 Dec 2007 #

    Ken did a blinding version of ‘Is It Because I’m Black?’ which I thought would have been roots enough for pasty Joe Strummer.

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    crag on 5 Dec 2007 #

    Although i tend to prefer my black pop of the first half of the 70s to be Jamaican rather than US(hence my indifference towards Macrae, The Degrees etc) this is a bit too wishy-washy for me although is probably due to unpleasent memories of the other hit version which i appreciate we will come to in good time.
    Are the reggae versions of Over the Rainbow, Da Do Ron Ron or Puppet on a string mentioned above available on cd at all?

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    Doctor Mod on 5 Dec 2007 #

    A few more reggae pop covers worth hearing: Bob Marley and the Wailers, “Sugar Sugar”; Bruce Ruffin, “O-O-Oh Child” [sic]; Dawn Penn, “To Sir with Love”; The Gaylettes (Judy Mowatt, lead singer), “Son of a Preacherman” and “Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday”; Judy Mowatt (solo), “Joy to the World” (orig. Three Dog Night); Ken Boothe, “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle”; Lorna Bennett, “Breakfast in Bed”; Marcia Griffiths, “I Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely”; Phyllis Dillon, “A Thing of the Past” (orig. Shirelles); Hortense Ellis, “Secretly” (orig. by someone dull from the late 50s whom I’ve completely forgotten).

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    Tim on 5 Dec 2007 #

    There are a pile of relevant items on this, though it looks pretty shady to me: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Keep-Running-Number-Reggae-Style/dp/samples/B0000011HE/ref=dp_tracks_all_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1196848076&sr=1-105#disc_1 (I do know that the Johnny Clarke version of “Tears on my Pillow” is marvellous).

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    mike on 5 Dec 2007 #

    Something that I find curious about Ken Boothe’s “Everything I Own” – and this may just be due to my limited exposure to his work, but still – is the way his whole delivery has sweetened and lightened, compared to the stiffer, more urgent gruffness of “Make Me Feel Alright” and “Let’s Get It On” (yes, that one) from just a year or so earlier (both well worth tracking down, if anyone’s taking notes!) The repeated grunts and barks – seemingly more pain-wracked than lust-driven – that punctuate the end of “Let’s Get It on” are particularly striking…

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    Brian on 5 Dec 2007 #

    I think I mentioned this somewhere before but ” The Harder They Come” was my indoctrination to reggae. And I loved putting people into mild shock playing the LP for them or taking them to the movie , which was often a part of the Roxy’s ( yes, that was the name ) late night sin-e-ma.

    A curious thing happened to early reggae in Canada. It kind of got kidnapped by travel agents and tour operators ( me included ) as the soundtrack to having a great holiday in the Caribbean. And because of this the music never was taken as seriously as it should have been , at first.

    There also wasn’t the ” cultural diversity ” to support much more than Elton John and the disco scene at the same time

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    Marcello Carlin on 6 Dec 2007 #

    Then again there was the influx of some Jamaican musicians to Toronto and elsewhere from the late sixties onwards – see for instance the work of Wayne McGhie and his Sounds of Joy, a big favourite of myself and the missus, including very successful reggae versions of such contemporary standards as “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” with the great Jackie Mittoo helping out on the keys.

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    doofuus2003 on 6 Dec 2007 #

    On reggae and the charts, I tried for weeks and weeks and weeks to get Rayners Records at the top of Park St. in Bristol to sell me ‘Moon Hop’ by Derrick Morgan – answer ‘We haven’t got it’ again & again, but then one week, they did and I bought it, and the next week it crept in to No.49, and the week after dropped out again. I always thought it was me wot did it.

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    Marcello Carlin on 6 Dec 2007 #

    Ah yes, the legendary distribution skills of unheralded Trojan subdivision Crab Records (not a misprint).

    At school our one and only attempt at chart hyping was one Saturday in mid-1979 when, at intervals of roughly five minutes, a bunch of us went one by one into Bruce’s Record Shop in Union Street in Glasgow to buy OMD’s “Electricity” on Factory since we knew it was a chart return shop. It didn’t make the national chart but came straight in at number 19 on the Radio Clyde Tartan Thirty the following week then went straight out again.

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    Erithian on 6 Dec 2007 #

    How did you get to know it was a chart return shop? Ah, the power of that knowledge!

    I was never particularly moved by “EIO” – except possibly moved to anger as it kept “Far Far Away” off number one, and Slade only once got so close to another number one again. Looking back I can see it was a perfectly worthwhile record, but again nothing special. Of the pop-reggae crossovers discussed above John Holt’s “Help Me Make It…” comes back immediately to mind – the delicious little drum roll under “Yesterday is dead and gone” followed by the return of the rhythm swishing your insides around – lovely.

    Re Paul Burnett (#5) – the only controversial remark I remember from him was when he played Toyah’s “I Want To Be Free” then commented, “Good luck, Toyah love, but don’t forget someone has to work in a factory so that you can wear as much make-up as you like – we can’t all be alternative personalities.” Miaow!!

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    Marcello Carlin on 6 Dec 2007 #

    The reason we knew was that they unwisely kept their wee black chart return diary on the front desk in full view…the other “art project” we did at Bruce’s in Union Street was the previous summer after Scotland had ingloriously exited the World Cup and they were selling off their abundant stocks of “Ally’s Tartan Army” by Andy Cameron at 10p each, so we all went in, bought one each, went back outside and publicly smashed them in the street. There was some applause from passers-by.

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    Drucius on 6 Dec 2007 #

    It’s at least an 8 you heartless brutes.

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    Erithian on 6 Dec 2007 #

    IIRC, that made the national media, whether Newsbeat or Record Mirror – I certainly heard about it at the time

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    Waldo on 6 Dec 2007 #

    Marcello – At least you guys made the Finals in 1974. As Andy Cameron was at pains to mention: “But England cannae do it ’cause they dinnnae qualify. Hey!” This was correct due partly to Norman Hunter but more to that insane Polish keeper. No qualification for England. It’s funny how things don’t change much…

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    Erithian on 6 Dec 2007 #

    I suspect MC might pip me to this one, but of course the Andy Cameron record was referring to how England didnae qualify in 1978, not 1974. Tomaszewski of course was why they didnae qualify in ’74 – in ’78 it was down to Don Revie, a high-quality Italian team and Ron Greenwood coming along just too late to change things. Keegan and Brooking’s combination in the 2-0 beating of the Italians at Wembley in ’77 was a hint of what might have been, but due to injuries in’82 both of them only ever got 25 minutes of World Cup action.

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    Waldo on 6 Dec 2007 #

    You’re absolutely right, Erithian. 1978 it was. The Scots’ 1974 World Cup Song was “Easy Easy”, to which MC has referred in another place.

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    Chris Brown on 8 Dec 2007 #

    #5 – Er, ‘The Ballad Of John And Yoko’?

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    Marcello Carlin on 9 Dec 2007 #

    Ah yes, of course! Well spotted Chris!

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    Mark G on 11 Dec 2007 #

    “Apache” and “Wonderful Land” don’t count I guess!

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    Marcello Carlin on 11 Dec 2007 #

    I don’t believe those well known VOCAL number ones do.

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    Mark G on 11 Dec 2007 #

    The Legend Of Xanadu

    Unless you translate it into Spanish.

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    Marcello Carlin on 11 Dec 2007 #

    I gave that one a bit of a licence because it does say “Xanadu” quite a lot of times but then I suppose I’d have to do the same with Our Ken on an “I Own” basis (see also “The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde”).

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    Billy Smart on 11 Dec 2007 #

    “Double Barrel”?

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    Marcello Carlin on 11 Dec 2007 #

    Aye, that one as well…

    (memo to self: check your fecking facts next time…)

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    mike on 11 Dec 2007 #

    Annie’s Song?
    Maggie May (strictly speaking)?

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    Marcello Carlin on 12 Dec 2007 #

    A London hospital outpatient clinic, circa 2017:
    “Now, Mr Carlin, do you know the name of the Prime Minister?”

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    Waldo on 12 Dec 2007 #

    Don’t torment yourself, Marcello. I spend a good deal of time in hospital waiting rooms, the result of my libatious tumblings, and not only have I forgotten the name of the prime minister by then but my own name is oftentimes similarly out of my reach. Fortunately they know me down at Eastbourne DGH.

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    rosie on 16 Dec 2007 #

    Waldo, I just spent two days in an NHS hospital without spending any time whatsoever in a waiting room. Mind you, it wasn’t because I fell over drunk!

    Nasal surgery is never pleasant but notwithstanding that it was an agreeable experience.

    When in A&E I plead asthma and that generally ensures prompt attention.

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    Waldo on 16 Dec 2007 #

    Rosie – When in A&E I plead insanity and that also generally ensures prompt attention…

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    Waldo on 16 Dec 2007 #

    By the way, Rosie, by some odd coincidence I like yourself placed “Ulysses” on my “to read” pile a few months ago (I should say my “to re-read” pile, since I first tackled it as a teenager and it nearly drove me nuts). For this reason, I have resisted digesting your own wonderful running comments recorded in another place until I begin my own return to Bloomsday, which is not far off now.

    Yes I’m going to read it again yes and yes I’ll sit awake in bed and read it yes and yes I said yes I will Yes.

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    rosie on 16 Dec 2007 #

    Ulysses, I find, works best while listening to the Pogues.

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    Waldo on 17 Dec 2007 #

    Not The Dubliners?

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    Marcello Carlin on 17 Dec 2007 #

    “Seven Drunken Nights,” the most unlikely of pirate radio hits, largely because the guy who ran the Major Minor label also bankrolled Radio Caroline so they were obliged to play the label’s strangely diverse output, although in the wilderness of ’68 this policy nearly caused open rebellion among the remaining DJs when they were compelled to give regular spins to “Sentimental Songs” by Freddie “Parrot Face” Davies.

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    Waldo on 17 Dec 2007 #

    “Seven Drunken Nights” is, of course, a Waldo staple and absolutely wonderful.

    “And now here’s the Seven Drunken Nights…but we can only do five of them, so here we go…” Simply marvellous.

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    rosie on 18 Dec 2007 #

    The Dubliners quite possibly, but somehow the earthier sound of the Pogues goes with the scatalogical Joyce. Maybe the Dubliners go best with the excellent Flann O’Brien (The Third Policeman is one of the most astonishing novels I have ever read.)

    Why did I never feel it odd that Seven Drunken Nights was a hit? I enjoyed it and I think the singles charts were much more diverse in 1968.

    Swerving a little: another musical analogy that has struck me is that Flann O’Brien is Puccini to Joyce’s Wagner.

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    Marcello Carlin on 18 Dec 2007 #

    You’d think that with downloading etc. there would still be room for diversity in today’s singles charts but inevitably the big marketing money wins, which is why Leon Jackson will be sending everybody to sleep at number one next week rather than Malcolm Middleton waking everybody up.

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    rosie on 18 Dec 2007 #

    I’m sorry the Pogues won’t get their well-earned Christmas number one at last, but I suppose it would have been so much more meaningful at the time.

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    Marcello Carlin on 18 Dec 2007 #

    It is, however, nice to see that Chris Rea’s “Driving Home For Christmas” finally made its Top 40 debut this week at #35.

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    rosie on 18 Dec 2007 #

    I just heard that Radio 1 are insisting on broadcasting a bowdlerised version of FToNY, with the word ‘faggot’ dubbed out (doesn’t the word come into Good King Wenceslas as well?) I’m gobsmacked and think it’s a bit rich coming from a station that allows fat slob Moyles to use ‘gay’ as a term of abuse and get away with it.

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    Marcello Carlin on 18 Dec 2007 #

    And has no compunction about playing homophobic rap tracks which repeatedly use that particular F word without ambiguity of intent.

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    Waldo on 18 Dec 2007 #

    Flann O’Brien may or may not be Puccini to Joyce’s Wagner (these things come in cycles, you know) but there’s one thing which I agree with him without equivocation: “A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN!!!” How wise…and how true!

    Without wishing to incur again the terrible wrath of Rosie and one or two others with regards FToNY, I shall never be swayed from truly detesting this with a passion. It’s so far up its own arse it’s unbelievable. I do however accept that I’m probably a lone cry in the wilderness on this point as I am yet to encounter anyone who agrees with me.

    Marcello’s point about homophobic rap guys can be easily explained. In the entirely unpleasant society we endure today, being dubbed “homophobic” or indeed “sexist” is not as serious as being labelled a “racist”. It’s as simple and uncomlicated as that.

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    Marcello Carlin on 18 Dec 2007 #

    I’m absolutely in agreement with Waldo re. FToNY – speaking of which, shouldn’t they also censor the title? I mean, FAIRY Tale of New York? What were they thinking?

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    intothefireuk on 20 Apr 2008 #

    Well with thoughts of Christmas & fairies far behind us I’ll try and turn attention back to dear old Ken Boothe.

    The one thing that stood out when I revisited this track some years ago was how damn slow and difficult to dance to it was (not that dancing comes anywhere near naturally to me) although that never stopped people trying when it came on at parties – especially after a few sherberts. It does have a lovely skanking reggae feel to it and Ken’s vocal is nicely overwrought (if a little too concise at times). At the time I thought it quite pleasant but probably preferred the original(the proper version as I used to say). However subsequently I have come to love this version and I would easily now give it a 7 or an 8.

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    wichita lineman on 25 May 2008 #

    This used to scare me, mainly thanks to the eerie vagueness of the middle eight: “You may lose them one day, someone takes them away, and you don’t hear a word they say”. This is edging into Johnny Remember Me territory. In fact, it’s creepier – it sounds more like Ken’s gal has been abducted.

    It kind of makes sense when you know he’s altered David Gates’ death-related lyric, but still. Maybe Ken only did it to try and land some royalties (see no.1 from Xmas ’78 and another from early ’80).

    My nomination for Ken Boothe’s best 45, much as I love EIO, is The One I Love (Caltone, 1967): quiet pent-up verse, screaming desperation on the chorus, it borders on deep soul super-intensity.

    And another JA cover that trumps the original: The Wailers’ What’s New Pussycat.

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    hectorthebat on 6 Jul 2014 #

    Critic watch:

    Michaelangelo Matos (USA) – Top 100 Singles of the 1970s (2001) 26
    Paul Roland (UK) – CD Guide to Pop & Rock, 100 Essential Singles (2001)
    Jamaican Poll – The Top 100 Jamaican Songs of 1957-2007 (2009) 18
    New Musical Express (UK) – Singles of the Year

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    fat slob on 3 Jan 2016 #

    ROSIE you lose all credibility when you call someone a, “fat slob” – even if it is chris moyles

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    thefatgit on 3 Jan 2016 #

    @57 credibility lost in the eyes of the oppressor or the oppressed? Moyles has plainly been on the side of the oppressor for ages.

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    Mark G on 4 Jan 2016 #

    This seems to be a good place to add one of those misheard lyrics loved by so many..

    You didn’t hear The Clash on the radio much, and even when you did it wasn’t all that clear on my old mono radio. So, I used to think Joe Strummer was singing “You can’t put UK pop reggae through backing fine sound systems” like what he wanted was the real thing.. In fact, it was “Ken Booth, UK pop reggae, with backing (etc)” which wasn’t anti.. And then, eventually, I found out more about what the song was about and it makes sense now.

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    Erithian on 4 Jan 2016 #

    And re Marcello’s comment at #49 above: eight years on, “Driving Home for Christmas” finally became a top 30 hit last month!

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    Tommy Mack on 4 Jan 2016 #

    #59 – I always thought Strummer was singing “Ken Boothe, UK pop parade…” – as in reggae is taking the charts by storm. Which I suppose would have been quite odd coming from the anti-TOTP Clash.

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    lonepilgrim on 31 Oct 2019 #

    I’m more familiar with the Bread original version than this – I can’t recall it getting much airplay in subsequent years and it didn’t really register at the time. It’s a very stiff performance from KB which I find hard to engage with

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