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Saturday 9 November 2019

Random Rules

I'm off on my travels again later today, back in about ten days. I have had neither the time nor the mental dexterity to think of a theme for today's post, so I fell back on the traditional "press shuffle on the iPod and see what happens" technique. This is what happened.

I must confess I considered leaving one of these out, but decided not to in the end. It isn't in the spirit of the exercise and, besides, there is no shame in liking Curtis Mayfield.

"Possum Belly Overalls" - June Bateman with Noble 'Thin Man' Watts & His Band

"House On The Hill" - Kevin Coyne

"So In Love" - Curtis Mayfield

"Gone To Negril" - Althea & Donna

"A Taste Of Aggro" - The Barron Knights

"Downey Girl" - Dave Alvin

I had planned to choose the seventh track that turned up for today's video, but I couldn't find any for numbers 7-11. This was No. 12, and it was worth waiting for.


  1. I am curious about that Barron Knights track. Did it sneak in on some sort of Top Of The Pops compilation lp? You surely can't have a whole album of the Barron Knights? More than one???

    1. It was on one of those "50 hits of the 70s for a fiver" compilations. In their defence, with those particular songs, I do think they have improved on the originals.

    2. "50 hits of the 70s for a fiver"
      you think I believe that?

  2. Re Free's "My Brother Jake"...back around that time there was a story that the Jake in the title was Jake Prescott, a member of the Angry Brigade which carried out a series of bomb attacks in England between 1970 and 1972.
    That was until someone pointed out the song came out before Jake Prescott was arrested, in 1971.

  3. Back in the day, there was a story that "My Brother Jake" was about Jake Prescott, a member of the Angry Brigade who was jailed for his part in the latter's bombing campaign around 1971/1972. That was until it was pointed out that the song predated Prescott's arrest.

  4. Sorry. I thought my first post had vanished!

    1. Never mind, its an interesting enough fact to bear repetition