Tuesday, 21 February 2012



I'm sure it will be the same for most of the people who read this blog that certain songs transport you back to another time as soon as you hear them and others remind you of places , your bedroom in your parents house, an old girlfriend's place or a favourite holiday destination.

Today's track along with a few others most notably Another Girl, Another Planet takes me back to Stiff' s bedroom which he shared with one of his older brothers. I can see the old record player, the cabinet that housed the records and the invisible but fully understood demarcation line which separated the room.

Many an hour was spent there rifling through W's records when he wasn't there. Then ensuring that the vinyl was put back in the inner sleeve the correct way and that sleeve correctly inserted into the outer sleeve, other wise we would be sussed out straight away. It was also where we heard all of the new releases by the likes of Elvis Costello for the first time and also Stuart Adamson's first single as Big Country after the Skids split.

But as I said above this record more than most remind me of there, which is strange as I'm not sure it was one that was played all that often.

Happy days.

The Jags - Back Of My Hand

6 comments:

Tedloaf said...

Clipped Costelloesque enunciation, descending runs all over the place and one of the greatest instrumental middle eights ever put to tape. I'm not going to google the band. I've no interest in the b-side or whether it was a hit. This was an older brother's record that existed in a time before music, found later in a second hand record shop in '83. I was 13, she was 13 and the rest is, as they say, far too self indulgent.

Simon said...

Yeah, this is for me a more innocent time, before record players. I got my first record player at the age of 13 in 1983. I'd bought singles prior to that but only played them at friends' houses. Before 1983 music was the radio or Top Of The Pops. This is such a radio song that it makes me want to turn on an old radio and hear it in a tinny fashion.

Is there a Ipod setting to make things sound like 70s transistor radios?

CM said...

One of my top 7"s of all time.
It was this on The Vinyl Villain that finally made me dust off me records and start playing them again, thanks TVV and The Jags.

davyh said...

Associations for me too. More Friday than Tuesday.

drew said...

Funnily enough I've got a belter to post tomorrow that I've been sitting on for a while which should be a weekend tune but I'm going to post in the morning.

flycasual said...

That's what it's all about....listening to tunes, a few friends, few beers and reminiscing. Taking you back to another time that if it wasn't for that tune you'd maybe have forgotten. It's what I based my blog on, we've all got our songs out there that transport us away somewhere!