This originally appeared on Facebook and Twitter the other week, and here it is in case you missed it. There’s a nice playlist in here too if you fancy making it to get you in the mood.
I had the car on Thursday and was bombing around the locality (!) doing my chores.
On social media it seemed as though everyone was getting in the spirit of things. There was a bit of a skirmish going on about Radio 1s decision to play a radio edit of ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl which reached number 2 in the charts in 1987.
Switched on Radio 6 Music and listened to the delightful Mary Anne Hobbs. Between the ace ‘Head Like a Hole’ by Nine Inch Nails and the new one by Mogwai called ‘Dry Fantasy’, she played ‘Pearly-Dewdrop’s-Drops’ by Cocteau Twins which is one of those Christmas songs that don’t feature Christmas, and always puts me in the right frame of mind.
It was a crisp November day and I was heading from Selly Park up to Bournville Garden Centre. The Centre was now resplendent with Christmas haberdashery, golds and greens and sparkly lights. Father Christmas’ of all shapes and sizes manned the doors, eyes twinkling behind round spectacles.
On the speaker system they played ‘A Spaceman Came Travelling’ by Chris de Burgh and ‘Ring Out Solstice Bells’ by Jethro Tull. Was this going to be the day? Was this going to be the day of Whamageddon? 12 days early? I waited with baited breath.
The next song in the queue was the most punk rock single since ‘Pretty Vacant’, ‘The Millennium Prayer’ by Cliff Richard. Cliff’s an anarchist and doesn’t give a fuck about you or your clique.
Got back into the car to leave the Centre and did a bit of wonderfully cack-handed driving trying to figure out the one way system. Mary Anne Hobbs was now playing ‘Raining Blood’ by Slayer.
Had a coffee and a bit of a mooch about Bournville Green which was as wonderful as it always is. A place out of time, a wonderful sanctuary for my busy brain.
Got back in the car. The delightful Shaun Keaveney was now playing ‘Everything She Wants’ by Wham! Close to Whamageddon, indeed, on the Wham! The Final CD it’s programmed after the ‘Pudding Mix’ of the-song-that-must-not-be-named. Track 8 and 9 respectively.
Got to Morrisons. Can’t remember what was playing. But walking down the aisle to get to the self-scan queue I noticed that not only are they selling Wham! The Final CD for a tenner but also George Michael’s Faith on CD for a fiver (with one of the best album covers ever.)
This is interesting because the Faith album was released in late 1987, which is when ‘Fairytale of New York’ was released.
For earlier writing on George Michael, a life collecting (and selling) records and childhood memories, please click here.
For more on #whamageddon, who this year are partnering with Great Ormond Street Hospital, please click here.