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Tuesday, 3 March 2020
2020 Charity Shop Purchase 16 - Everything But the Girl - Idlewild
No, not the band fronted by Roddy Woomble but the fourth album from 1988 on the Blanco y Negro label by husband and wife Ben Watts and Tracey Thorn, recording as Everything But the Girl and my final Lockerbie purchase.
Wiki uses the awful term sophisti- pop to descrine their music. This is also used to describe the likes of Danny Wilson, Prefab Sprout and the Style Council. So far so good then the names Simply Red and Bryan Ferry pop up.
A few intersting things (to me at any rate) about this copy of the album.It originally was part of the West Lothian District Library Gramophone Record Collection (number 14288 to be precise). For a record library record it is in remarkably good condition.
When I went to check it for scratches the inner sleeve was from Parallel Lines by Blondie although the record was EBTG. My copy of Parallel Lines just has an ordinary inner sleeve so I've swopped them over.
It also has the address of a Miss LB in Dundee written on one side and the proclamation that "Ken loves May" on the other.
So a record that was originally in a library in West Lothian, may have resided in Dundee before pitching up in a Lockerbie charity shop prior to finding a good home in Glasgow!
Later copies of the album contain the single I Don't Want to Talk About It but not this one.
The first song would have featured on my Sunday Songs on a Monday series had I had it at the time, The second song isas relevant now as it was then.
Everything But the Girl - Goodby Sunday
Everything But the Girl - The Night I Heard Caruso Sing