Aug 02

BREAKFAST OF BANALITY 10: TOAST – Streetband f/ Paul Young

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It’s 1978 and Paul Young is the Toast of the town; that is, he’s a square and his music is crumby. “Toast” is an unholy slice of inarticulate spoken nonsense, put to a sub-Stray Cats accompaniment. It describes the young Mr Young’s lifelong love of the foodstuff toast and, in trying to sound droll and surreal, simply sounds utterly banal.

Given this evidence, who could have known that Paul Young would go on to become Luton’s most successful recording artist? Not counting David Arnold, of course, and his soundalike soundtrack franchise (less “This Film’s Crap, Let’s Slash The Seats”, more “This LPs Shit, Let’s Slash That Arnold Twat”).

Anyway, apart from the sheer inanity of Toast, Paul Young will always be remembered for his:

– inexplicable string of early eighties top ten hits (cf: Shakin Stevens)
– singing/spoiling of the first line in “Do They Know It’s Christmas”
– remarkable haircut, as seen on the seven thousand unwanted copies of “No Parlez” in the basement of Notting Hill Record and Tape Exchange and in many barber shop windows.


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    ottersteve on 13 Oct 2009 #

    This was actually supposed to have been the B-side of the record too. The A-side seems to have vanished into obscurity just because some clever DJ though it might be worth airing “Toast” as well.

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    Michael Bradley on 17 Feb 2010 #

    Original 45 mint condition. 1978. Streetband -TOAST Is it worth anything? Thanks. Michael

    Chefmichael12345 at hotmail.com

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    Michael Bradley on 17 Feb 2010 #

    1978 Streetband TOAST mint condition used once. Is it valuable, if so where to sell.

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    Erithian on 18 Feb 2010 #

    So if you drop your 45 of “Toast”, does it land B-side down?

    I’ll get me coat.

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    Michael Bradley on 23 Feb 2010 #

    What does that mean

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    Tim on 23 Feb 2010 #

    Hi Michael! I think it was a joke based around the old myth that if you drop a piece of buttered toast, it’s more likely to land buttered-side down, because the record you have asked about is called “Toast” and has a b-side! I thought it was a funny line.

    I’m not sure many of the people on this site are great experts on the current value of records, but a quick check suggests that the going rate for the record you have is about five pounds.

    There’s a good site for this kind of thing: http://www.gemm.com, which is a great big marketplace for record shops around the world. Sometimes the pricing gets a bit extreme with very rare records but, with regret, I don’t think that’s what you have on your hands. If you want to sell it, eBay is probably your best bet but I wouldn’t expect to make a great deal of money from it, if I were you. Copies have recently failed to sell on eBay for as little as 99p.

    Hope that helps!

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    Lorne Simon on 8 Mar 2010 #

    Hey Tanya: You are a loser. Stop writing about music if you hate it so much. I think Paul Young has more talent in his little pinky finger than you could hope to have in your whole body. Dumbass!

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    John S on 13 Oct 2011 #

    Before they had a record deal, Toast was a made up thing the Streetband used to play whilst some technical failure string break tc was being fixed. It was ligth hearted and funny in a live situation. Better than “we’ll be back in a few minutes”

    They put it on the b side of their first single, Hold On, as they didnt want to use any of their better quality stuff which was coming out on the LP “London”. They were an excellent live band, great songs and highly entertaining. Shame this b side wrecked their entire career as a band

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    John Selekta on 8 May 2013 #

    David HOLMES did This Films Crap lets Slash the Seats. He’s from Belfast. LOL

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    Tom on 8 May 2013 #

    If I Hate Music taught us anything it’s that you should never, ever, correct mistakes when trolling.

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