Excuse the absence of the Saturday singles posting… will return next week.  Instead I wanted to round off  the nostalgia fest with the posting from the old place when I realised that the TVV readership was largely made up of folk who liked to wallow in nostalgia rather than have me offer opinions on new and emerging music.  It was from this point on that the blog went 95% retro:-

21st May 2007


Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave comments over the past few days – seems that most folk prefer when I do postings featuring songs from the 80s and 90s rather than more modern or recent music. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ll try and do requests as well, but obviously won’t be able to over the coming weeks.

Today’s posting features some different versions of one of my favourite songs of all time. It originally appeared on the LP The Correct Use Of Soap that came out in 1980 (an LP that is sure to be featured in greater depth in the not too distant future on TVV), although I’m offering the Peel Session version that was broadcast on 7th January 1980:-

mp3 : Magazine – A Song From Under The Floorboards (Peel Session)

There’s been a couple of cover versions that I’m aware of, the most fanous of which appeared on a b-side of the 2006 single, The Youngest Was The Most Loved:-

mp3 : Morrissey – A Song From Under The Floorboards

The other version is by a man behind this particular cover version was part of an 80s act called Jellyfish, of whom I have a couple of songs on tape:-

mp3 : Jason Falkner – A Song From Under The Floorboards

I’m delighted at long last that Magazine and Howard Devoto are getting lots of critical praise. They were one of my favourite acts of the early 80s, and remain the one band that I regret never having seen live – I had a couple of opportunities but it just didn’t happen.


2013 Update

Little did I know that less than two years after writing the above post there would be a Magazine reunion and I’d see them play in Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh inside a six-month period.

mp3 : Magazine – A Song From Under The Floorboards (live 2009)

By now I should be back from Canada.  I’ll hopefully get back into the groove of posting some stuff that has nothing to do with the old place.  Thanks for bearing with me this past couple of weeks.