Lene Lovich ‘Lucky Number’


Lene Lovich ‘Lucky Number’

I don’t remember where or when I bought this, but I’m pretty sure it would have been snapped up when it released, probably from somewhere in York. We’d spend a fair bit of time in the motherland when I were a lad as both my mum and dad were born and bred there and we’d make regular visits to see our grandparents as we slowly migrating south following my dad’s work.

My great aunt had one of those whacking great big music centres, the big wooden sideboard things, so I was always keen to visit her when I’d got a new record. My little brother was beginning to catch the bug too and recall us sitting by the speakers listening to a Blondie single, ‘Heart Of Glass’ I think – we probably had it fairly quiet because of the word ‘ass’ in the lyrics – but it could well have been ‘Union City Blue’.

So anyway, Lene Lovich. Like most music I snaffled early on, I knew nothing about her. She was a bit kooky is as far as my knowledge went… and unsurprising to anyone who reads this guff it is still all I know. She is in fact an interesting character. Half English, half Serbian, she swapped Michigan for Hull when she was 13. Which must have been something of a shock. Read all about her here.

I am working on the basis that this is probably the second single I bought – don’t fret, I’m not working my way through every record I ever bought. The next trio are interesting though. Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ in December 1979, followed by Madness’ ‘Work, Rest & Play’ EP featuring ‘Night Boat To Cairo’, and Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ both in April 1980. The Beat’s first album was also bought around the same time… with a hard-won record voucher for my diary about the school holiday to Butlins in Minehead.

Racey ‘Lay Your Love On Me’


Racey ‘Lay Your Love On Me’

Never entirely sure of the first single I ever bought, but I think it’s this one. I know almost nothing about Racey… Hang on… *googles frantically, making this writing about music lark look like a lark indeed*

Let’s start again. Racey, who I know lots about, were on the receiving end of being the first single I ever bought. Their songs, turns out, were co-penned by quite famous writer/producer duo Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn who were responsible for the likes of The Sweet and Suzi Quatro. ‘Some Girls’, the follow-up to this was, apparently, originally written for Blondie. Chapman, see, produced ‘Parallel Lines’. Can’t imagine it watching this, can you?

The pair wrote a ton of stuff, including another song penned for Racey, called ‘Kitty’ that ended up becoming Toni Basil’s ‘Mickey’. Chapman, turns outs, went on to produce The Knack, Bow Wow Wow and later period Altered Images. It always comes back to Altered Images with me, eh? So from what I thought was a slightly embarrassing admission of my first single, I smell of roses. Brilliant.

I imagine I saw Racey on ‘Top Of The Pops’, liked the song and somehow laid my hands the single. I have no idea where the cash from. It was 1978 and I didn’t get my paper round until 1980. Got me thinking my kids will never know the concept of music being finite… or the joys of the paper round. I needed the paper round to fund my record buying right up until I was 16 when I cut out the middle man and landed a job in a record shop.

Back! Back! Back!


We’ve been away for while, but very soon we will be back with some frankly astonishing tuneage from the record crates in the back room.

All new, all freshly ripped, all ears?