Dec 21 2014
Say you’ll never hurt no other one but me”
(“Say You” by Colourbox – Clip via Diana McNally on You Tube)
From September 1976 to May 1981, I went to a Grammar School called St Peters in Prestwich. For those who live in the area but are unfamiliar with the name, it is now called St Monica’s. This may initially seem irrelevant, but bear with me.
Like many kids of that or any other age, I was tempted (on occasion) to “wag it”, or “bunk off”. In English, play truant. On most occasions, this would involve climbing over the wall and running through the nunnery next door, then catching the 63 or 35 buses from outside the Woodthorpe pub into Manchester. On one occasion though, we headed the other way into Bury , where – on one occasion – my accomplice led me to a record shop called Vibes. This shop changed my world. Forever.
I have always had a love of music and as anyone who has ever perused my sizable collection of (mostly 80s) 12″ singles will attest, 80% of them came from this fabulous record shop. Why?
Vibes was a “chart shop”. That is, it was one of a select band of record shop that had a terminal that enabled the company that compiled the “Top 40” to assess sales and produce that famous Sunday “Countdown” where families would gather around the radiogram to find out what was “Pick of the Pops”. Having that terminal, meant that Vibes was targeted by record label PRs and provided with “limited edition” versions of singles that would sell quickly to help boost a song’s chance of entering the all important Top 40. 12″ singles – at that time – were a promotional tool (frequently, but not always, a remixed version) produced to help boost the chances of getting into the chart.
I say “not always” because there were some seriously WEIRD ideas used on 12″ singles. My particular favourite being the “double grooved” 12″ single for “Pop Music” by “M” (reached #2 in 1979) which meant that you had a 50% chance of hearing the track you wanted as both A & B side were interwoven on the disc grooves!
I bought “Say You” as a 12″ single in April 1984. It cost me 35p. Vibes used to viciously discount singles once they dropped away from chart contention. The 12″ singles (originally priced at 99p or more) would drop to either 25p, 35p or 50p. I possess hundreds of the bloody things and they still have their Vibes stickers on! Vibes was where I spent my “spends” and, when I first started work in 1984, where I would spend what was left of my wages (after Mum & Beer took the rest!). It was a simply fabulous and magical music shop. Sadly gone, a “victim” of changing consumption habits in the age of MP3 and streaming. When I saw it was shut and gone, I shed a tear.
“Say You” never really caught me in its original 7″ version, but this remix gets me in the heart Every. Single. Time. I. Play. It. Yes, it’s a cover version (of a track by Reggae superstar U-Roy), but it just has that certain “something” that puts it in my all-time Top 20. Call it “soul” if you will, but whatever it is, it works for me.
Just for interest. Colourbox effectively ceased in 1987. Martin & Steven Young, brothers and main members recorded one more single in 1987. It was called “Pump Up The Volume” as the M and the S in M/A/R/R/S. The rest as they say…..
Full-bodied and smooth textured, with an initial hob nob biscuity sweetness, this mouthful quickly submits to the bitterness and tartness of the gooseberry fruit sharpness of this great hop. Like a Maori forward line doing a haka on your tongue, this dance of flavour terminates quickly as the tongue curls up with the dry finish!
Dry, sharp and very fruity. Even slightly warming. This is a beautiful beer. Another triumph from Prestwich. Jamie will need to be expanding again with beers of this quality coming out from his brew plant!