(Quarantine Ed.)
And it was all going so well...
FAFC presents - GREEN BOOK - Saturday 15th June

A little taster for the season

As Saturday approaches, I actually have other pressing things on my mind (COME ON YOU SPURS !!) so luckily I prepared this little effort a week or so ago.

A word about the song, which you may not have heard before. Linda doesn't like the music at all - the word she used was 'hate' - but this has always been one of my favourites, and it's worth knowing a little about Robert Wyatt, if you didn't already.

Robert Wyatt was the original drummer and vocalist of the highly regarded English psychedelic rock band Soft Machine, and he 'enjoyed' the rock star life - too much as it happens, as in 1973 at a party he had a drunken fall from a fourth floor window and became paralysed from the waist down. His subsequent solo career has been characterised by jazz influences, esoteric song choices (he argued - and won - to appear on UK TV show 'Top of the Pops' in his wheelchair to perform his cover version of The Monkees 'I'm a Believer') and a leaning towards political and campaigning material. His version of Elvis Costello's Shipbuilding, a poignant anti-Falklands War elegy, is a perfect fit for his plaintive voice, and was a big hit in the UK.

There is, apparently, even a practice  called 'Wyatting' described by Wikipedia as "...the practice of playing unusual tracks, in particular songs from Wyatt's album Dondestan, on a pub jukebox to annoy the other pub goers." - something which clearly delights the man himself.

Anyway, judge for yourself. Enjoy this, and hopefully we'll see you Saturday, or some other evening this summer.



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