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The single that started it all

Postby GoogaMooga » 09 Mar 2024, 15:40

***THE SINGLE THAT STARTED IT ALL***

My gateway to music was the bubblegum hit, "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep", by Scottish harmony popsters Middle of the Road. It was infectious, it came out of nowhere, and it won over Europe in January 1971, across generations, dance floors alight.

Middle of the Road were a novelty in their own right, a Scottish band signed to the predominantly Italian-language label, RCA Italia.

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep / Rainin' 'n' Painin' -- UK RCA 2047

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Re: The single that started it all

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 09 Mar 2024, 17:15

I was already old by 1971.

But I can remember Sally.
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Re: The single that started it all

Postby C » 09 Mar 2024, 18:28

Gawd ‘elp us….!!



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Re: The single that started it all

Postby Matt Wilson » 09 Mar 2024, 20:01

This will not end well I fear.

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Re: The single that started it all

Postby Neige » 09 Mar 2024, 20:01

I already found at the time that her singing was off-key... hope that helps
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Re: The single that started it all

Postby Neige » 09 Mar 2024, 20:02

What was it supposed to have started? My hatred of cheesy throwaway pop? Damn right!
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Re: The single that started it all

Postby Mike Boom » 09 Mar 2024, 20:24

They we're certainly no 1910 Fruitgum Company

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Re: The single that started it all

Postby GoogaMooga » 09 Mar 2024, 21:37

I couldn't have been more than eight or nine, though. I would have heard it coming out of a shop in 1972 or 1973 at the latest.

Next step was glam rock, so I took a giant leap. But no more a giant leap than my now owning all three RCA albums by Middle of the Road on a slimline double. Just to be a contrarian.

1910 Fruitgum company I never really got into, I was more interested in Ohio Express. Yummy yummy...
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Re: The single that started it all

Postby NMB » 09 Mar 2024, 21:58

I stand with Googa on this, Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep is a great pop song. I even have a Middle Of The Road best of.
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Re: The single that started it all

Postby naughty boy » 09 Mar 2024, 22:32

It's a great tune. And the bassline rules.
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Re: The single that started it all

Postby C » 10 Mar 2024, 09:35

Ok, I agree - great tubs!






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Re: The single that started it all

Postby The Slider » 10 Mar 2024, 13:00

I liked it at the time and as a football supporter I hear it - ever evolving, lyrically - every time I enter a stadium.

They had better songs though.
Soley Soley is my favourite


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Re: The single that started it all

Postby frimley_greener » 11 Mar 2024, 07:15

For me, it was "House of the rising sun"....guess on reflection it was the organ break...
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Re: The single that started it all

Postby Samoan » 11 Mar 2024, 12:39

Is Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep not a song with the threat of kids going into care looming over it ?
That's my interpretation of the lyrics.
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Re: The single that started it all

Postby robertff » 11 Mar 2024, 13:43

I'm amazed that so many of you like this song, am I the only voice of dissension? Can't stand it myself.


Or perhaps there's an in joke going on here which I haven't yet clicked onto?


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Re: The single that started it all

Postby pcqgod » 12 Mar 2024, 00:54

If I had purchased singles when I was a boy my first would probably have been "Billy don't be a Hero." But my older brother had the single and I didn't care about collecting then.
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Re: The single that started it all

Postby C » 12 Mar 2024, 12:36

I have only bought six singles in my life:

Dave Clark Five - Glad All Over/Bits & Pieces (EP)
Troggs - Wild Thing
Blodwyn Pig - Same Old Story
The Nice - America
Jethro Tull - Witches Promise/Teacher
Family - Weaver’s Answer/Strange Band/Hung Up Down (EP)

From 1963 I bought LPs only




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Re: The single that started it all

Postby ChrisB » 12 Mar 2024, 13:01

robertff wrote:I'm amazed that so many of you like this song, am I the only voice of dissension? Can't stand it myself.


Or perhaps there's an in joke going on here which I haven't yet clicked onto?


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I didn't comment because it thought it was a "Brass Eye" type of wind up

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Re: The single that started it all

Postby naughty boy » 12 Mar 2024, 13:22

VERY narrow-minded crowd here
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Re: The single that started it all

Postby ChrisB » 12 Mar 2024, 14:09

naughty boy wrote:VERY narrow-minded crowd here


Narrow minded is Beefheart, not Middle of the Road


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