Jan 05

Day 2: Going Down To Liverpool AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 LOUSY TUNES

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Day 2: Going Down To Liverpool

The plan of course was to reach the sea as swiftly as possible. Whilst the bet did not specify that I should not use air travel, I have an aversion to the way the pressurised air on planes makes a gin and tonic taste. It flattens the bubbles and removes some of the sharpness. So a train from Euston it was to hopefully get us to Liverpool in time to catch a late night White Star Liner of some sort or other.

“Why Liverpool Ma’am?” My manservant pestered me. He had been basing his demeanor on Dirk Bogarde in The Servant for so long now that he was almost a caricature. Luckily I had not let him see the end of that film so was in no danger of the tables turning.
“Liverpool. Well since I am traveling I though it might be a good idea to assault the city which has provided so much pain to so many people. Cave in the Cavern Club, sink the Ferry Cross The Mersey. Usual acts of everyday anti-music terrorism.”
“I have the emergency bottle of meths that I always carry.”
“Prepare the Molatov cocktail then.”

This was all taking place ont he evening of Day One of course. Which slowly, due to the inefficiency of all versions of Locomotion (especially Little Eva’s) began to roll into Day Two. And most of Day Two was taken up with being hungover in Lime Street Station, followed by topping up Lee Mavers sleeping draught. In the evening though we removed ourselves to the docks to find passage on a luxury cruise liner. Apparently though the White Star Line no longer put sail from Liverpool Docks, due to some problem with an iceberg (I certainly had problems with Iceberg Slimm so I do not blame them). I had already put Black Star Liner out of business a number of years before, so instead myself and Crispian booked passage on a transport across the Irish Sea.

The Bangles: Going Down To Liverpool

What is crystal clear from this Bangles tune that they do not know what a Liverpool is. Or are all that sure why they are going down there. But dammit, Beatles Band came from there and so in a coat-tail hanging way to garner some sort of rock respectability they are going to go down there. The fact that the song was written by ex Soft Boy and future Wave Kimberley Rew is no excuse for a complete lack of research done.

Nevertheless they are going down to Liverpool, with a UB40 in their hands, and will be surprised to see that as Americans they cannot claim unemployment benefit. Again, it is quite clear that the meaning of UB40 is over their heads, as they sing it as if it were WD40 and their jaws need lubricating. Infact the tragedy of the song is that the world would have been better off if they had done exactly what the song says. If they had indeed gone down to Liverpool and done nothing. Instead they had to go and make Eternal Flame and Manic Monday…


  1. 1
    niles on 15 Jan 2008 #

    Hey knucklehead, the Bangles didn’t write ‘Going Down to Liverpool’, Kimberly Rew (Soft Boys, katrina and the Waves) did and he is from ENGLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Pete Baran on 15 Jan 2008 #

    I am sure Tanya will be happy with your input, though I feel you point was covered almost completely by her line:
    “The fact that the song was written by ex Soft Boy and future Wave Kimberley Rew is no excuse for a complete lack of research done.”

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    steve on 1 May 2008 #

    The Bangles did admit that they had no idea what a UB40 was. ( Unemployment Benefit Form No. 40 ) which I and many of my age had to fill in when Margaret Thatchers Hatchett came down on us in the eighties.

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    dave taggart on 8 Jun 2010 #

    Aww the Bangles were sweet . That Susanna Hoffs eh. Of course I didnt spell her name right …its the internet for Gods sake…anyway. Katrina and the waves penned it but didnt make it famous and that is why the UB40 was invented.
    Live long and prosper.
    Leonard Nimmoy
    Department of health and social security

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    Steve on 10 Oct 2010 #

    Going Down to Liverpool would have fit right in 1966. Doesn’t Debbi Peterson sound a bit like John Lennon on the chorus?

    Tanya had it right had the Bangles did nothing elase after “All Over the Place.” However, they did, and that is fine. There are sone superb moments on subsequent discs. They do a bang-up version of Big Star’s “September Gurls”, and Michael Steele’s efforts on “Everything” are first rate. Even “In Your Room” has some trippy moments. It is too bad they sold out.
    Rock and roll is a business. It is amazing how good the music was back in the 1960s when the rules for co,mmercialism were set.

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