A Girl Like You – Edwyn Collins

Posted on September 08, 2012

A Girl Like YouNever known a girl like you before was a bit of a one hit wonder for Edwyn Collins and he is probably known better in the music world as a producer of music than he is as a recording artist. That said he did get to number ‘4’ in the United Kingdom and number ‘7’ in the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Track, so not a bad effort really.

The track has raised its head again on a UK TV advert reminding me of its first release in 1995, how time flies. But it was originally inspired by the sound of Northern Soul which was at its height a little earlier in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The track is included on the Edwyn Colin’s album Gorgeous George which has Paul Cook of Sex Pistols fame doing the drums. A Girl Like You has a pretty unique sound thanks in part to the use of the vibraphone, which was also played by Paul Cook.

So there you have it Gorgeous George is one of only two albums made by Edwyn Collins and it has only been rated 22 times on Amazon.com but it has got a fraction under the five star rating. So somebody out there loves it, and ‘A Girl Like You’ is a pretty good example of the quality music the album offers.

Gorgeous George

  1. “The Campaign for Real Rock”
  2. “A Girl Like You”
  3. “Low Expectations”
  4. “Out Of This World”
  5. “If You Could Love Me”
  6. “North Of Heaven”
  7. “Gorgeous George”
  8. “It’s Right In Front Of You”
  9. “Make Me Feel Again”
  10. “Keep On Burning” (on 1996 reissue)
  11. “I’ve Got It Bad”
  12. “Subsidence”
  13. “The Moron Song” (unlisted bonus track)

It’s Good News Week; Hedgehoppers Anonymous – Jonathan King Production

Posted on August 22, 2011

Hedgehoppers from Peterborough were renamed anonymous by Jonathan King, presumably because being popular in Peterborough was as good as being anonymous. Still they weren’t quite as anonymous once they had their 1965 hit ‘Good News Week’.

But there is a personal note to this post in that most of the band came from the RAF and one of them used to go out with my sister in law way back when in the 60’s. Bit odd that the record has a sort of anti-war theme then, and even odder that my sister-in-law turned down pop star fame for a regular RAF guy. That said some 40 plus years later they are still together and have recently become grandparents, so perhaps life isn’t all about fame after all 🙂

As for the Hedgehoppers, they split up within a year or so of releasing their 1965 hit and they all went their separate ways. Their name incidentally comes from the practice of Vulcan Bomber pilots flying at very low levels, effectively hedge hopping, which was done to avoid radar detection by the enemy. If you have ever seen a Vulcan, I have, you will probably realise that doing this was a highly skilled exercise and not for the feint hearted.

As you might imagine with a one hit wonder and a very short time as a group, Hedgehoppers Anonymous best of album is a little strapped for tracks i.e. they only have four. But the good news is, if you will excuse the pun, that they are all pretty good.So if you liked the video, there is a pretty good chance you will like The Best Of Hedgehoppers Anonymous. For me it was a toss up between ‘It’s Good News Week’ and ‘Stuck in the Middle With You’.

The Best of Hedgehoppers Anonymous

1. Stuck In The Middle With You 3:14
2. Breakin’ Up The House 2:46
3. It’s Good News Week 2:08
4. Runaway 3:28