Monday, April 23, 2007

This Boy


His missus is getting all the plaudits at the moment, and deservedly so - and of course he's an established dance music producer, DJ and record label owner now, but something in the air this morning, a whiff of melancholy in an overcast moment, makes me want to play these songs from the days when Ben Watt was 21, an investment of 99p got you Pillows & Prayers, and North Marine Drive was playing in my best friend's rented room in Whalley Range.

It was after punk and it was after post-punk and as someone said at the time it was 'our generation's quiet music'.

Excuse me, but I think I might have to have a little cry now.

Ben Watt 'On Box Hill' (1983)
Ben Watt 'Some Things Don't Matter' (1983)

7 comments:

  1. Lovely. Have you read Ben's book 'Patient'? It's excellent, really really worth hunting out.

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  2. Hey Crash, have heard about it, but not read it. Will check it out - top tip, thanks.

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  3. And how simple those days were. Ben Watt, Tracey Thorn and a rented room in Whalley Range @ £11 per week (including bills). Marvellous!
    M

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  4. £11 per week! Spent more than that on ONE round of drinks at the boozer t'other day! And you tell young people that today and they won't believe you.

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  5. Was This Boy the name of a Ben Watt track? I seem to remember it from a free album that came with vouchers from the Record Mirror?
    Chris

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  6. ...Some Things Don't Matter ... worked it out myself!

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  7. Correctamundo. Also available on 'Pillows & Prayers', re-released this year.

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