Thursday, 15 November 2012
After last week's realisation that it was thirty years since The Story Of The Blues was released got me reaching for another Pete Wylie classic.
Listening to Come Back transported me back to the summer of 1985, more specifically the last week in July and the first week of August, when I was on holiday with my family at one of my favourite places, Polperro in Cornwall.
The record was actually released the year previous but it was part of a compilation tape which I flogged to death on my red Sony Walkman all through the summer of 85. Other tracks on this tape that I remember vividly were Good Technology by the Red Guitars, Upside Down and Forest Fire. It was also the soundtrack to my ultimately fruitless two week campaign to woo a girl. In the end I didn't need a dictionary to tell me the meaning of unrequited, I got the message loud and clear.
Now when I try to picture the femme fatale in question, the only thing I can remember is her red hair, can't remember her name but do recall that she was from Colchester. She was there with her parents and two of her friends. My brother, our friend G and I naturally got in tow with them but no matter what I did I couldn't get this girl to notice me and about half way through the week she ended up getting off with somebody else and I spent the rest of the holiday in a foul mood and the Friday before we went home got off with her friend at the disco just to spite her. She of course was not in the slightest bit bothered by this.
Anyway, the following year I was more successful, a story which was recounted here .
So here in all its overblown glory is probably my favourite Pete Wylie song.
The Mighty Wah! - Come Back (The Story Of The Reds/The Devil In Miss Jones)