Album: I Will Cure You, 1991
Justification: Here’s the thing about this jokey novelty single by UK comedian Vic Reeves: it wasn’t really a joke.
Yes, the album was mainly comedic in intent – ‘Sing Hi! To The New Romantic’ remains one of my favourite song titles of a song I’d never actually heard until this entry made me wonder if the album was on Spotify (spoiler alert: totally is) – but this straightfaced cover of Tommy Roe’s key-change-heavy 1969 hit was perfectly legitimate. And given that Reeves – or, more specifically, Jim Moir – had started out as a wannabe pop star, that’s not that big a surprise. He even got some impressively-legit folks on the album: aside from the Wonder Stuff, who backed him on this #1 single, the album was produced by Andy Metcalfe (of the Soft Boys and, later, Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians), Phil Oakey (of the Human League) and British jazzbo Steve Beresford.
And let’s face it, it’s a heck of a song – and with a grand total of twelve (count ‘em!) key changes, would probably have swept Eurovision.
My friend Adam R Wigg had this single before I did and I remember thinking that this was OK but the b-side ‘Oh! Mr Hairdresser’ was far superior, mainly for the exhortation to Mr Keyboard Wizard to “go tweedly-deedly-dee on your Korg”. I was all about brands of synthesiser in those days.
It was the biggest hit that the Wonder Stuff ever enjoyed too, which was somewhat unfortunate.
I really, really wish I’d copied the DVDs of The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer I bought my then-wife. It would have made explaining why I was drunkenly singing about my lucky, lucky carpet that time rather more straightforward.
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2010 and 2011: Really? Nothing? Jesus. OK, fine, let’s plunge into the fertile waters of the 1991 archive, with Pixies, Carter USM, De La Soul, Ed Kuepper, Matthew Sweet and loads and loads more stuff that you love.
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