CHILD OF THE 80s

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CHILD OF THE 80s


WHEN people are asked about the first record they ever owned, I am always amazed by how cool they were in their infancy.

Depending on their age, people say that the first record they ever owned was by The Beatles, The Clash or The Stone Roses. (Nowadays, of course, if you ask people what the first record they ever owned was they will say: "What's a record?" but that's a whole other story.) Personally I doubt that people had such great taste in music when they were seven-year-olds, though that they may be because I have bad taste in just about everything even now that I'm 39.

If you doubt my lack of cool, let me tell you this: the first single I ever owned was I Am A Cider Drinker by The Wurzels, the first album I ever owned was Golden Delicious by the Wurzels and the first concert I ever went to was the Wurzels at the City Hall in Newcastle. I Am A Cider was a re-working of Una Paloma Blanca, making it a novelty record based on a novelty record. It was about drinking cider, I seem to recall.

It was followed up by Combine Harvester, a re-working of the Melanie song Brand New Key (not a novelty song, I think, though it sounds a bit like one now). It was about owning a combine harvester, if memory serves.

The Wurzels were a bunch of folk musicians from Somerset who sang songs about drinking cider and being a farmer. …

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