This is loosely adapted and then expanded from a post over at the old place back in February 2010.
One of the minor reasons I ever started a blog was to bring attention to otherwise unavailable or difficult to find very fine records that had only ever been placed on the b-sides of long-deleted singles and while there is a growing tendency for album re-issues to bring together such tracks and label them ‘bonus’, nothing beat finding bits of vinyl with the crackly old originals.
One of the songs I really loved from my old vinyl days but had missed for many a year was Goodbye Joe, originally recorded as a b-side to a 1979 single :-
mp3 : The Monochrome Set – Goodbye Joe
It begins as if it is a live track, and one that is of poor sound quality at that. You can hear some crowd sing-a-long at the outset in what is clearly a small venue, then some cheering as a guitar as struck. After just under 50 seconds, lead singer Bid utters the words ‘Let’s Have Some Decorum’ and suddenly we switch to a quite gorgeous and moving studio track.
It’s about watching a film performance of this bloke here in case you were wondering.
Oh and for the record, the song was later recorded by Tracey Thorn, and again was consigned to obscurity on a 1982 b-side :-
mp3 : Tracey Thorn – Goodbye Joe
The original posting also featured the A-sides of the singles which, in Tracey’s case was also a beautiful piece of music:-
mp3 : Tracey Thorn – Plain Sailing
In the Feb 2010 posting I mentioned in passing how both of Tracey’s songs had featured heavily on compilation tapes in the era of 82/83/84 as a way to demonstrate to would-be girlfriends that I really did have a sensitive side but it never ever worked all that well. Seems I wasn’t alone in that failing as my good mate Dirk from Sexy Loser left behind the comment:-
“Yeah, mate: those tapes, ey?! I only wish I still would own a few of the dozens of them I made up back then with all my passion, heart and soul … instead I gave them away to girls who didn’t give a fuck. Literally.”
I remember that as being a genuine ‘splutter the tea all over the monitor’ moment when I read it. Still makes me smile………
And while I’m here, I just can’t resist:-
mp3 : The Style Council – The Paris Match (LP version)
Days of skinny-ribbed hooped t-shirts, a headful of perfectly coiffured hair and a devil-may-care attitude to life that I thought would last forever. How the fuck has Johnny Marr changed so little since those days???????
mp3 : The Smiths – Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want