July 24, 2008

I'm in Love with the Girl on the Manchester Virgin Megastore Checkout Desk


The recitation of label names in that Reunion song put me in mind of the label list-patter verse of the Freshies song with this post's title.

It's one of my all-time favorite singles, and one of a handful of songs that still play almost daily as fully-realized recordings in my head despite many years of exposure to other items that really ought to have replaced, or at least dislodged, them.

A legal threat from Virgin required that they re-record the vocals to replace the word "Virgin" with "certain," a seemingly minor change that nevertheless makes the re-done version nearly impossible bear. (They had to switch the words around to make it make sense in the new form, altering the scansion, a big part of the reason my brain refuses to process it without protest, I'd imagine.) A truncated recording of the real, non-grating one is on this myspace Freshies fan page. (I don't know where to direct you for the bowdlerized version, and perhaps that's just as well.)

Googling around, I found this article describing Richard Branson's quest to locate Helen, the girl the song was actually written about, in order to include her as a "guest of honor" as part of a promotion for something or other. Which is a bit rich, don't you think?

Posted by Dr. Frank at July 24, 2008 07:17 PM | TrackBack

You've got to love the British - they have an unlimited supply of geeky twee pop bands from Herman's Hermits to the Freshies to the Kaiser Chiefs.

Posted by: Jeffen at July 25, 2008 06:02 AM