It was 1981 and there had been a school reunion a couple of weeks previously. A few dozen of us had travelled down to Devon to attend a lunch and to tell stories that would have been boring to anyone who had not been at school with us.
In the spirit of the occasion, some of us had travelled by train and had been met by a bus from the school. It seems odd, four decades later, that anyone would have attended a reunion at a school they had only …
Perhaps dissecting the lyrics of songs is unwise. Perhaps there is a danger of reading into a song meanings that were not intended. Perhaps there is a danger of overthinking words that were secondary to the music. Perhaps lines that were sung for fun can take on a seriousness they did not possess when the song was recorded.
The late Joe Cocker’s Unchain my heart is perhaps a song I have over analysed. The lyrics begin:
Unchain my heart, baby let me go Unchain my heart, ’cause you don’t love
Forty-five years ago today, on 5th March 1976, The Beatles released twenty-three singles simultaneously.
To someone who was fifteen years old at the time and was away at school and had 50 pence a week pocket money, it seemed an odd thing to do. Even if the entire pocket money were spent on buying records, it would have taken months to buy all of them. It was important, though, to buy some of them. Being born too late to remember much of The Beatles’ history, it was important not to …
The intro to the song found a resonance deep in the memory, a sound from the distant past, not immediately recognisable, but undeniably something that had been encountered before.
Initially, it seemed similar to Hamilton Bohannon’s DiscoStomp, acheerytunefromthe summer of 1975, but that did not seem a likely song for inclusion in the BBC Radio 6 playlist. Then the became identifiable, it was Hello’s New York Groove, itand the 1974 hit TellHim are the only songs I remember from the band.