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Friday On My Mind 100: Rag Mama Rag

This song gained the Band their highest UK chart placing, a no 16 compared to the no 21 The Weight achieved.

The Band: Rag Mama Rag

Reelin’ In the Years 90: The Lies In Your Eyes

Not had one from Sweet for a while.

This again is from their later phase.

Sweet: The Lies In Your Eyes

Reelin’ In the Years 89: Late Again

Just about everyone’s memories of Stealers Wheel start (and most people’s end) with Stuck in the Middle With You with the addition of, perhaps, Star, but the first time I encountered them was on the release of the eponymous LP and what I believe was their initial UK TV appearance where they performed the opening track Late Again. The blend of the voices of Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty was distinctive and different to anything else around at the time.

Late Again may be a little slow in tempo (some may even think it a dirge) but it stuck with me and I later bought the album.

Stealers Wheel: Late Again

Live It Up 19: Elstree

Everyone remembers the Buggles big hit Video Killed the Radio Star but I always had a soft spot for this lament about the old film studios.

The Buggles: Elstree

Not Friday On My Mind 23: Night of the Long Grass

In one of my early posts about The Troggs I mentioned a promotional film they made while walking about in a forest and that I could no longer find it on the web.

Well, now I have – except their stripy jackets are nowhere in evidence.

The Troggs:-Night of the Long Grass (forest video)

Not Friday On My Mind 22: Sweet Dream

The follow up to Living in the Past. As I recall this was a hit at the back end of 1969 and on into 1970. The group’s second single to reach the top ten.

Jethro Tull: Sweet Dream

Andy Jardine

I’ve just seen from the club website that one of Sons’ most loyal servants, left back Andy Jardine, has died.

He played a total of 364 games for the club in the 1950s and 60s – including 309 times with Tommy Govan as his partner at full back.

The pairing more or less picked itself. I can still hear the Boghead announcer intoning, “Robertson, Govan and Jardine,” or “Crawford, Govan and Jardine,” as the first three names on the team sheet.

Andy’s last appearance for the club was historic in another sense. It was in the 5-1 win over Third Lanark which was that club’s last ever game.

My last memory of Andy is of that Christmas Day game at Love Street, Paisley in 1971 when big Roy McCormack scored the best goal I’ve ever seen by a Sons player. Andy wasn’t playing, he was a spectator – can of beer in hand (yes, you could bring beer into the ground in those days) – dispensing ex-player’s wisdom to his successor at left back that day, Billie Wilkinson. “Nice wee nudge, son. Oh, unlucky. He’s seen it.”

Andy Jardine, long-standing left back. So it goes.

Not Friday On My Mind 21: Pictures Of Lily

Another admonitory tale.

I remember this single being advertised on the NME – complete with pictures of Lily.

There is a video of this on You Tube showing pictures of various Lilies. Not quite the thing for the blog though.

The Who: Pictures Of Lily

Reelin’ In the Years 88: Blue Guitar

After their next LP, Seventh Sojourn, which spawned two singles in Isn’t Life Strange and I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band) both of which – unlike The Story in Your Eyes – troubled the charts, the Moody Blues broke up.

During the five years they spent apart most of them released solo LPs but the most successful venture was a collaboration between Justin Hayward and John Lodge which produced the LP Blue Jays but most memorably the song Blue Guitar, a no 8 hit in the UK. According to the Wiki article above Hayward actually recorded this with 10cc rather than Lodge but nevertheless the two took “Blue Jays” on the road mainly – as I recall Lodge introducing the track on stage – because of Blue Guitar.

Here they are performing it (ie miming) on Supersonic.

Justin Hayward and John Lodge: Blue Guitar

Friday On My Mind 99: I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten

A Clive Westlake song that is lyrically reminiscent of last week’s first offering by Goffin and King in the lines, “Tomorrow will you still be here? / Tomorrow will come but I fear / that what is happening to me is only a dream…” but sung by the performer of the second.

Like Goin’ Back this is just a little heavy on the orchestral backing but it has power and pathos both.

Dusty Springfield: I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten

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