A little night music
A few tracks which I've either been playing in the car or which have come to mind for some reason.
First of all, a wonderful song from the 1970s, from Mr Fox. Bob and Carole Pegg had a stormy relationship but artistically a very productive one while it lasted. I don't know how much of this was Bob and how much Carole, but both music and lyrics hold up very well forty-odd years on. The final verse always brings a lump to my throat: less really is more.
Richard Digance was a folk club stalwart who briefly hit the limelight on radio and TV in the mid 1970s. This song is extraordinary to listen to nowadays: while not remotely earnest or po-faced, for its time it was a remarkably sympathetic portrayal of transvestism. OK, it sounds a bit cliched now, and the ending is a cop-out, but apart from the Kinks' "Lola" it stood alone: and pretty much still does.
I tried to find a clip of Phil Harris doing "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens", but failed. So here are a couple of other favourites:
and I owned this very 78 as a teenager - the band are just awesome:
And I haven't heard this one for years, but loved it when it was briefly a minor hit in Scotland:
I first encountered the sadly under-rated Peter Nardini via this gem, which really is a dig-out-of-the-archives job:
And this one I have just found for the first time. Clearly Mr N is quietly going from strength to strength, though sadly his subject did not:
Let's end with something more upbeat - good for sitting in traffic queues with: