What was the first record you ever bought?

I think this question assumes you are over 40.


Mine was The Chicken Song, by Spitting Image.  It was a nauseating spoof of Black Lace songs.  I didn’t think it would get into the charts, so I bought it, thinking it might be a rarity.

I was wrong.  In 1984 it was at number 1 for months.  Months.

Interestingly enough it’s the B-side that is best remembered.  In one job I had a South African colleague who fitted the stereotypes described in this song.  In fact, I half expected to see this sign at his desk.

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Here it is – with apologies to nice South Africans out there!

Have a lekker day, won’t you!

I haven’t heard this for ages, either…

This song was part-banned by the BBC.  Relax, by Frankie Goes to Hollywood was fully banned by the BBC, thus guaranteeing months at number one.  Too Much, Too Young, by The Specials, was just banned from Top of the Pops because of the adult theme involved in the lyrics.  It was, however, allowed on The Old Grey Whistle Test, the more mature sister programme to TOTP.

I personally love this catchy tune, anyway.  You can’t beat a bit of ska.

Have a special day, won’t you!

I haven’t heard it for ages…

PhD: a very high-level university qualification.

Ph.D.: also a one-hit-wonder band from the early 80’s.  In fact, that is not true.  They were really a two-hit wonder.

Who remembers this hit, which got to number 3 in the charts in 1982.  A German version of the song can also be heard in one episode of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

Have a highly-qualified day, won’t you!