Perhaps you’ll think me narcissistic, or egotistical, but I assure you I’m doing this more of a recap for myself than anything. However, it’s just nice to get some feedback on one’s own musings on a situation, the situation in question being my taste in music. What I’m going to attempt to do in chapters is to recount all of the major musical happenings in my life.
I’m going to start as far back as I can remember. The first record I ever had was a 7″ of Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus “We All Stand Together”. I remember it very well indeed, it was a red vinyl and the sleeve had Paul McCartney dressed like Rupert the Bear on it, with the self-same Rupert the Bear with his arm around uncle Paul. I’ve searched it out and here it is:
Apparently, according to my dear mother, I was a bit of a Rupert the Bear fan. I honestly can’t really remember anything apart from his trousers and the cartoon that went with this record. It was apparently released in 1983 and then re-released in 1984 making me around two or three years old. I do remember wanting to put it on every Sunday when we were allowed to use the record player, I can’t remember how old I was when this was going on I’m afraid.
The reason that this record in particular sticks in my mind, apart from it being the earliest thing I can remember about music, was because of a burglary at our house that happened when I was about three or four years old. I distinctly remember coming home to find this single in the middle of the lawn and then took delight in telling the nice police man all about it.
It’s weird because I don’t remember liking the record ever, I just liked to use the record player. Listening to it now, it’s a pile of crap, utter nonsense adn badly orchestrated. This is where my torrid relationship with Paul McCartney started I guess. We go way back me and Paul. Very much love/hate, but I’m sure we’ll cover that throughout the rest of this experiment.
Here you go then, if you haven’t already heard it “We All Stand Together” by Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus: