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A Song That You Often Hear On The Radio

May 22, 2014

A few years ago, a few friends and myself went to Leicester to see the Foxes play Huddersfield Town. Driving back down the M1, we listened to Suzi Quatro on the radio. We didn’t realise it was her at first, but she put on a fine radio show, playing lots of great R&B (old school R&B) and garage band stuff. I can’t remember a single record that she played, (the chaps who weren’t driving had had a few drinks) but I’m going to pretend that I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down by Sam and Dave was one of them. It’s the *kind* of thing she played, and it’s such a magnificent song, it’s worth playing for whatever reason. Elvis Costello’s version is good, but not as good as this, (Elvis wouldn’t disagree!)

In reality, I first heard this on a Sam and Dave album that my brother owned, and it contains some of the greatest lines in pop in the verses:

I am the living result/ of a man who has been hurt a little too much
And I’ve tasted the bitterness of my own tears

and:

Simple that love it, still it confuses me
Why I’m not loved the way I should be

Simple stuff, but wonderful. And beautifully sung, too!

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