[My Gang] The Dooleys - Wanted : Reco of the Week 06 Jan 09


6. Jan. 2009, 23:41

Track: Wanted (1979) (full track)
Artist: The Dooleys
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Any time I have an encounter with Good Taste People, I get my Dooleys out.

All in the best possible taste. Cupid Stunt

I don't believe anybody has the right to tell you not to listen to what you like and insist you listen to what they like. How very dare they. That says more about their insecurities than it does about your taste. The only person who gets to judge your taste, is you. I think it's despicable the way Good Taste People can ruin music for you, with their carping and just plain nasty observations. If they don't like Radiohead, good! I do!

I believe it's important to stay connected to who you are and what you are about. If you love music as much as I do, you will have songs that hold special meaning. Whether they are accepted as 'good taste' or not is by the by.

For example, my first favourite song was Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep by Middle Of The Road. I know. How naff. But if I tell you I was about 4 years old, we had gone to the seaside and were at the fair, my parents nearby behind me, younger than I am now, letting us run around but keeping an eye on us, me standing by the dodgems watching everybody have fun, the song blaring out from tannoys above me, a gorgeous sunny day, and me thinking: when I grow up, I'm going to drive a dodgem car just like the big children. With that in mind, the song changes entirely. In this instance, the song encapsulates a single moment, like a living photograph, that is still with me and will stay with me.

Another one. Walking home from school, again, on a crystal clear sunny day with deep blue skies. Down every red-bricked terraced street (Manchester), nearly every bedroom window I passed was open, net curtains wafting in the breeze, and playing at full blast, bar none all the way home, was Dog Eat Dog, the latest single from Adam and the Ants. I didn't hear any other song. The single had been released that day and everyone had gone out and bought it. Ok, Adam and the Ants is good taste, but that's coincidental.

One more. My Dad bawling his eyes out at the end of Born Free, the song, sung by Matt Munro, playing over the credits. That's a Dad thing, I know, but still, I can't listen to the song without thinking of him sobbing, big fat tears rolling down his face, then me looking at the TV puzzled, thinking: but it's only a film about a lion.
Born Free

There are plenty more. People, times, places, events. Coldplay on a long drive, again on a sunny day (what is it with me and sunny days??), with my sister, both of us singing out loud. I got really into it and Fix You made me cry, which got us laughing even more.

Listening to music like this is much, much more than mere good taste. It's about being human, emotions, building memories, connecting with life around you. It's got sod all to do with someone's jumped up fascistic opinion.

So it is, every time I meet these Good Taste People, I get my Dooleys out, just to rattle them. I only have the two, this one and my favourite, The Chosen Few. I am so glad to find some of them are streamable! This one reminds me of going to big school. It was on my mind all day once, yes it was a sunny day!, and we had a long art class.

I liked The Dooleys, but then I was bound to, being an ABBA fan. The Dooleys became the UK's answer to them. They weren't quite as good or as glamorous as ABBA, although I always thought Kathy Dooley (on the right in the video, long hair) was very beautiful, but they did do well with the layered female vocals. They managed to win a decent enough following and appear regularly on Top of the Pops. If you think you don't know who they are, try this for size. I bet you know it. Think I'm Gonna Fall In Love With You. And an interesting little factoid: their first single, Hands Across The Sea (1974), had a delayed release because Olivia Newton-John was singing it for Song For Europe.

Do it. Play it. Live it. Love it. Killing in the Name

Babs My Gang

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  • Babs_05

    Thanks for reading and your comment, Greenfoot. Yes, and we are free to listen to whatever we please, whenever we please and as often as we please. There's so much we have now that, even at the start of this decade, we didn't have before. We can finally listen to those albums that until now had escaped us. (I finally heard Achtung Baby properly the other day). We can explore and try new things. We can dive into our own music collections in seconds, as opposed to long dusty searching of shelves. There is so much to enjoy and so much more to discover. Something else I'm enjoying is, when I read about something, I can listen almost immediately. That was something I always wished for. It can be anything, a new album, music history, musicology. If an article describes a certain style of playing or lists the references a new artist has used, I can go and check it all out immediately. And I love that I am free to do that. I don't think it's right that someone should wag their finger at me and tell me I'm wrong to do so.

    11. Jan. 2009, 19:11
  • Orange_Anubis

    Hooray for such eloquent opposition to music snobbery. Can I come on the march?

    14. Jan. 2009, 15:05
  • Babs_05

    Yayy! Of course! Be my guest. :D

    14. Jan. 2009, 15:30
  • sunhill67

    I remember The Dooleys - big for about a year or so weren't they? I think this may have been the first single I bought along with Gary Numan's 'Are Friends Electic'? Bought with a record token at Our Price in the 70s. Don't think I've heard it since then (the single is long lost) - does it stand up? :) Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep is probably the song I heard most as a kid too - it was never off the radio. I do think some of our (British) musical memories from the 70s and 80s are getting overwritten as time goes on by whatever was big in America then.

    16. Jan. 2009, 16:26
  • Babs_05

    I think so, maybe a couple of years. Gary Numan's track most definitely still stands up! reco of the week - are friends electric I think Sweet's Blockbuster might have been on the radio more than Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep. Or at least, that's my impression. I think it's always been like that, or we wouldn't have had the Beatles. I think there are always these crossovers all over the world. Or at least that's what I notice.

    16. Jan. 2009, 18:41
  • NeedleDee

    Great journal. I have never understood why Sweets 'Blockbuster' was (and still is) more popular than 'Ballroom Blitz', however I digress. I, too, clearly remember loving Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep. I was about 7 at the time. I also remember loving Sugar Sugar by The Archies, which came out about 2 years before.

    22. Apr. 2009, 23:18
  • Babs_05

    Thanks for the comment, NeedleDee. heh I used to be [i]mad[/i] about Blockbuster! Thanks for reminding of Sugar Sugar! That's gone straight into my love love lover radio.

    22. Apr. 2009, 23:36
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