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Saturday, 13 February 2021

Saturday Night Sunday Morning


Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is a terrific novel from 1958 from the great Alan Sillitoe. It was subsequently made into an equally great kitchen sink drama of a film in 1960 produced by Tony Richardson and  staring Albert Finney.

Saturday Night Sunday Morning was also the title track of the 1989 album by the band The River Detectives from Craigneuk in Lanarkshire which consisted of the duo Sam Corry and Dan O' Neill,

The Kaiser Chiefs are a band from Leeds as opposed to Craigneuk, named after a South African football team, who are not as good as The River Detectives. Saturday Night is taken from their debut album Employment which I got from a charity shop and which I have probably only listened to once or twice.

Tom Waits is from Pomana, California. The song (Looking for ) The Heart of Saturday Night from the 1974 album of the same name minus the brackets has featured before in this series from Dion. I've also got a version from Madelaine Peyroux but I suspect most of you would rather hear the original.

Finally the greatest of the four acts this week is also from California. The mighty Dave Alvin hails from the town of Downey.I'm not familiar with his album Romeo's Escape so must thank Ernie for providing me with the song I Wish it was Saturday Night.

I think I'll make this the penultimate post in the series if only to save me having to track down songs by the Bay City Rollers and the Eagles

The River Detectives - Saturday Night Sunday Morning

Kaiser Chiefs - Saturday Night

Tom Waits - (Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night

Dave Alvin -I Wish it Was Saturday Night


  1. Apologies for the delay in this popping up.I'd scheduled it for March for some strange reason. Don't worry this series will not last that long!

  2. Controversial statement there: "named after a South African football team who are not as good as The River Detectives". The Chiefs may not be winning the league as regularly as they used to but I reckon they would still comfortably beat a Scottish band that would struggle to muster even a five-a-side team.

  3. At The Big Day in Glasgow in 1990 weren't the acoustical River Detectives totally blown off the Clydeside Stage by Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants who arrived on lorry loaded with amplifiers and turned everything up to 13? I never got to hear the RDs that day. Cheers... it's been a bit of a wait.

    1. For reasons that now escape me I missed The Big Day