Brian from Linear Track Lives yesterday posted a long-forgotten song from the 1980s:-

mp3 : A Craze – Wearing Your Jumper

He reminded us that it was an era for what he descibed as suave bands – the likes of Everything But The Girl, Carmel, Matt Bianco etc (I’ll throw in Blue Rondo A La Turk and Sade for good measure). He also provided a potted bio of A Craze – who were Lucy Loquette and Chris Free, among whose claims to fame were that they wrote “Give It Some Emotion,” which was the second biggest charting single in the career of Tracie Young. Just as important was the release of the single “Wearing Your Jumper” which was not only on Respond Records but was produced by the label owner – Paul Weller – whil the other two male members of The Style Council played on it. (Mick Talbot on the Wurlitzer and Steve White on percussion.)

I hadn’t heard this single for more than 30 years but the moment it came on it brought back some crazy and mostly happy memories as it was one of the tunes which featured on ‘The Hangover Tape’ in my first student flat. One side of a C90 cassette consisting of laid back tunes from female fronted bands.

It wasn’t me who put the tape together – in fact it wasn’t any of us who rented the flat who was responsible. It was the work of another mate who more or less moved in on Friday nights as our city centre location allowed him to have a great weekend and somewhere to stay without the hassle and expense of getting home to his folks’ place in the suburbs. There were lots of laughs on Sunday mornings/afternoons while this tape played and listening last night to A Craze after all such a long gap saw incidents and events I hadn’t thought about for so long come flooding back into my mind.

Here’s another two tracks that were on the tape:-

mp3 : Everything But The Girl – Each and Every One
mp3 : Carmel – Storm

Thanks Brian.



  1. ‘Storm’! What a belter. Great to hear it again. I didn’t have a hangover tape, but if I had, it would most certainly have been on it.

  2. I will always be a fan of this era and sound. One of the forgotten gems – be it from one of the better known names from this genre was Everything But The Girl’s B-side to Each and Everyone – Laugh You Out The House – 1:50 of pure “Jazz N Jangle” that always makes me want for more.

  3. Listening to these made me think the weekend was already here (wish it was)! I don’t ever recall hearing the A Craze track at the time, but I like it. However the Carmel track is in a different league. What a voice.

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