Friday, September 12, 2008

Hey Did I Get You Wrong?


Right, Friday night. I'm having my tea, which is Mum's homemade fish and chips, then I'm getting changed and I'm off to the school disco. Maybe I'll slap on some of that aftershave in the exotic green jar I got last Christmas. Not that I will be shaving 'before'.

Apparently in the bit after 'You wouldn't phone those guys that mess around with you girl' this bloke is singing

And when a guy you whack a stack-a-plass
You wet der met der fool you dry your ass


but I'm sure that can't be right.

The Jags - 'Back Of My Hand' (1979)

28 comments:

  1. I bet it was 'Old Spice' or maybe even 'Hai Karate'. Surely you weren't a 'Brut' man?

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  2. It'll have been an even cheaper 'unknown brand'. My Dad was an 'Old Spice' man though - some of that and a Boots home brew kit and his prezzies were done.

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  3. Nice work Davester.

    'Home made' fish and chips - dead posh!

    The not-ready-yet 'shaving' reminds me of basic recruit training in the RAF around the time of this song, where a little Glaswegian canoute of a Cpl would order all the 16 yr old 'men' to shave - usually for the first time. Twas also the onset of the Bic disposable razor.

    Fuck me, it was like a Sweeney Todd convention. Blood, 'bum fluff' and acne crusts limpetted onto the porcelein sinks. Had the Russians seen the British fighting force of tomorrow on parade with tiny bits of white toilet roll stuck all over their shredded wee faces, they'd have pissed themselves laughing whilst cossacking into Trafalgar Square.

    Franz Ferdinand always put me in the mind of The Jags and The Knack. Staccato guitar driven hooks with 28 inch waists.

    Do you think Liza Radley will be at the Disco? Pass the Dettol.

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  4. TCP if Liza's going.

    I should explain - Mum's 'homemade' fish and chips = breaded cod bought from Gateway and homemade, er, chips...

    Nice though.

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  5. Now correct me if I’m wrong here but that mp3 isn’t the single mix, is it? A couple of years back I borrowed one of those ‘Teenage Kicks’ type compilations from the library and it sounded ‘wrong’ (as did the Regents ‘17’). It’s one of the reasons I got a new turntable. I would play the single to prove it but I’m still without a stylus.

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  6. Well...I did pick one up a while back that was very wrong - probably the same one you got, and I think a re-recording (how shabby!).

    This is, I reckon, the 'LP version'.

    Stone me though, you were right when you said you were the nerdiest muso you know. Have you run out of beer? No? Well crack one and don't take on so.

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  7. If I had paid for that CD I would have been pretty pissed off.

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  8. Blow, you can hear bundle of bits in The Jags - Costello, Nick Lowe, Thin Lizzy, Blondie.

    Been blasting High Rise by The Train Spotters recently - remember that?

    I may have mentioned it before but my splash of choice then was 'Censored' - got given Blue Stratos but never used it, nor 'Windjammer' (the names not selling it is it ?) by Avon

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  9. A nerd writes: High Rise was Mike Read wasn't it? (Mike Read, Mike Read, 275 and 285 etc)

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  10. How can you say that about he man who protected us from Frankie's filth?

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  11. It's the public sector workers I worry about; especially the teachers. What's going on in our schools? I blame the immigrants. Stealth taxes is what it is. Don't talk to me about health & safety. Brussels! Our laws are made in Brussels!! I had that Noel Edmonds in the back of my cab once....

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  12. PS: PM, my Auntie Flo used to go to a pub called The Windjammer of a Saturday night: 'the name's not selling'? No indeed.

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  13. That's the one, when he was doing the evening thing not the early thing

    Here you go grab it here

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  14. Well you know, all credit to them for posting it and you for finding it Mond and I love you dearly but stone me that is awful.

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  15. Well I'm going to bed now but your little outburst three comments up is almost word for word the same as a post I was planning about the effects of buying the Daily Mail to get cheap CDs.

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  16. Back in the dark days of being an English teacher, before I jumped into media and could just talk about films, music and blogs all of the time, a standard 'don't bother me today' task was to 'write a descriptive piece about your room, one to two sides, lots of similes and metaphors', you know the kind of thing, and you'll be pleased to know that every teenage boy, well, everyone in Heath Town and Wednesfield, still has a bottle of aftershave in his room and cares so much about it that it's the first thing he mentions.

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  17. Bless. Ironically, I'm allergic to aftershave now.

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  18. I never went to a school disco. This comments section seems to have gone off at a bit of a tangent, hasn't it? (Mind you, that's half the charm.) Post-punk fakes, the Jags...you forgot the indecipherable chorus too, which could sound like, 'Ah gatcha nummer ridden anna backa ma han'. Or not. Bet they're all estate agents now.

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  19. You never went to a school disco???!!!!

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  20. Actually, I'm with Stevo on this. I never went to one either. In fact I don't think my school had them. If they did I wouldn't have gone near them as a 14/15 year old. I never did the aftershave thing either. Looks like I missed out in my teens. (My head hurt this morning)

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  21. No, Davy, and I never had zits or a grilfriend either. I call that a hat trick! Sort of.

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  22. I went to a boys school, that had girls in the sixth form. So the school disco was something I never experienced until the sixth form, by which time I was already going out to clubs and pubs on a regular basis and girls were not quite the mystery they'd been previously. I must say I'm not sure I'm upset to miss that particular trauma.

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  23. By the way, what's a grilfriend?

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  24. Someone you takes to a barbecue and drinks scrumpy with?

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  25. Anyone tell the 'sheep' joke?

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  26. 'Sheep'...'grill/girl friend'... I'm trying but...

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  27. Ha bloody ha. Typos of the world unite.
    By the way, Davy, you knows I loves ya, so don't take anything I say too seriously. Mick has slapped my wrists for being too harsh on this, but it's just an opinion. As this is just a pop song.

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