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Howburn Digger
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Re: England Lost
Aug 01, 2017, 12:13
When the suited geezer whistled "Land of Hope and Glory" (Pomp and Circumstance March No 1) at the end when he signally failed to swim away from England it was quite reminiscent of The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu's "It's Grim Up North" when they play "Jerusalem" as a coda. I remember they had Morris Dancers on TOTP and the maidens of Mu (Why, What, Where and When). But that was 25 years ago surely Mick would be a bit more contemporary than that?
I'm not sure what Mick wanted to do with this record... he should maybe have done some remixing of that great charidee record he made with the late David Bowie back in 1985. That was 32 years ago so he would have needed to update it a bit as it just isn't relevant any more like it was 32 years ago in 1985 when it saved all the starving. Bowie is quite big currency just now so it might have flown...

Jagger could have called his new record "England Lost The Dancing In The Street Fighting Man" and replaced the "Boston, Philly, Oklahoma City, New York etc...") with some of the place names from the Jamms record "Pendlebury, Prestwich, Preston... Chester, Chorley, Cheedle Hulme, Ormskirk, Accrington Stanley and Leigh". It would make it more English and sort of themed.

"England Lost" seems to be a song about a suited dude's wet visit to a crap football match when England lost. In deep disappointment he tries to swim away from his England but is dragged back onshore by two cops representing the multicultural England and then is gazed at by a multi-age, multi-gender, multi-ethnic group on the sandy English shore and a child asks him "Where do you think you could go?". The child then tells the suited dude to "Pull yourself together."

I think his last really good record was "Some Girls". Grant Stott played the sweary (in the middle of the afternoon" 12" Special Disco Version of "Miss You" on his Vinyl Collective a week last Sunday. It rocked my car from Moffat all the way up to the Devil's Beeftub.

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