Certain Songs #1398: The Only Ones – “Another Girl, Another Planet”

Album: The Only Ones
Year: 1978

Almost three years ago in the entry for Eddie & The Hot Rods “Do Anything You Wanna Do!“, I wrote about how in 1979 — after reading about it in Trouser Press — I bought a soundtrack to a film I’ve still never seen called That Summer! which doubled as an amazing sampler of what was then called “new wave” music.

In any event one of the head-spinning songs on that soundtrack was today’s entry: the stone cold utter motherfucking classic “Another Girl, Another Planet” by The Only Ones.

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Certain Songs #1397: One The Juggler – “Enjoy Yourself”

Album: Nearly a Sin
Year: 1984

I remember really looking forward to the One The Juggler album before it came out. I know that there had been a single of a weird slow acoustic-based song called “Django’s Coming” that was pretty good, and for some reason — I think it’s because we at KFSR had a good relationship with the college music rep from RCA records who had gotten us a bunch of copies of New Sensations — we were assured that their debut album, Nearly a Sin, was full of treasures.

NARRATOR VOICE: It wasn’t.

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Certain Songs #1396: The 101ers – “Keys To Your Heart”

Single, 1976

In late 1982, I bought a punk rock history compilation album called Burning Ambitions. It wasn’t particularly comprehensive: nothing from the Sex Pistols, Clash or The Jam were featured, and the only Americans featured were Dead Kennedys and The Heartbreakers. But it did turn me on to a bunch of songs I’d only hitherto read about: “I’m Stranded” by The Saints, “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” by The Adverts, “Baby Baby” by The Vibrators, and most crucially, “Keys to Your Heart” by The 101ers.

I can’t imagine anybody reading this who doesn’t already know, but The 101ers was the band that St. Joe Strummer was in prior to The Clash, and while “Keys To Your Heart” was hardly punk rock — the 101ers were firmly ensconced in the pub rock scene — it is totally Strummer, and remains one of my very favorite songs he ever did outside of the context of The Clash.

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Certain Songs #1395: Olivia Newton-John – “A Little More Love”

Album: Totally Hot
Year: 1978

Curveball!

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before — in the course of 1400 posts, that’s gonna happen — but in the summer of 1978, I got my first job, working as a computer data entry person for the claims adjustment company my dad co-owned. I worked in the “computer room” — basically several terminals all hooked to a gigantic NCR computer, entering data and offering my takes on the programs my dad was writing to capture that data.

How long ago was this? When I first started, people were still smoking at their desks, and it was a huge huge huge deal a couple of years later when smoking got segregated to the break room. It was also during the period where there was music piped quietly throughout the entire company. Not Muzak, but the local “light music” station. Luckily, in the computer room, it was too noisy to hear the piped-in music, so we got our own radio. Unluckily, it was tuned to the top 40 station, KYNO AM, which I had recently outgrown as I turned more towards the hard the older guys on my block were digging.

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Certain Songs #1394: Buzzcocks – “You Say You Don’t Love Me”

Album: A Different Kind of Tension
Year: 1979

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post about “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays,” 1979’s A Different Kind of Tension was where they perfectly balanced their pop tendencies with their artier tendencies, and while I’m always going skew pop, I really did love many of the weird tunes like Steve Diggle’s thrashy “Sitting Round At Home,” Shelley’s droning “Hollow Inside” and the awesome title track.

Balancing that out was Shelley’s questioning “I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life,” Diggle’s hilarious fucksong “You Know You Can’t Help It,” and, of course, “You Say You Don’t Love Me,” which roars out of the box with about million hooks.

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