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Reelin’ In the Years 91: Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)

This is an absolutely pitch perfect pop song. It’s the sort of thing that (for a while) was swept away by the advent of punk rock.

Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)

Reelin’ In The Years 65: Ça Plane Pour Moi

I was never much into punk but I confess to a soft spot for Plastic Bertrand – mainly because he’s one of those famous Belgians there are supposed to be none of.

(Well he’s famous if you were around in the 70s.)

I was shocked on loading this video to discover the song was nothing to do with him; being both sung and composed by its producer Lou Deprijck.

Plastic Bertrand: Ça Plane Pour Moi

Reelin’ In The Years 39: 2-4-6-8 Motorway

This is one of the few songs from the latter end of the 70s that will make it here as I never much went for punk and its aftermath.

However Tom Robinson partly surfed the punk wave and I was predisposed to his work as I had actually seen him performing on-stage at the Apollo in Glasgow when he was supporting someone or other – exactly whom I now forget – as part of an acoustic trio named Café Society (not, I think, the South African band Wiki links to.) The Café Society Tom was in were good, very good indeed. I wasn’t surprised when he went on to success.

The Tom Robinson band was harder edged as this live performance attests.

Tom Robinson Band: 2-4-6-8 Motorway

I’m A Boy

It wasn’t till I caught this clip on You Tube that I realised how much this song resembles punk.

Or should that be how much punk owed to the Who?

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