Friday, November 24, 2017
  • Stuck in the '80s
  • Steve Spears

Never Found in the 80s – Love on a Farmboy’s Wages

RECOMMENDED READING


Here's today's guest blog item from our own Dr. Dim:

As Never Found in the 80s XTC Week continues, we head back to 1983 (the year I graduated high school) to find the album Mummer. This album is notable for two reasons: One reason is that this was the first album these Brits would record after becoming a strictly studio band. Playing live ended in 1982 when Andy Partridge suffered a nervous breakdown due to the pressures of touring. The second reason is that this was the last album to feature Terry Chambers, the band's original drummer. He didn't like being in a band that didn't play live. He only plays on two tracks. Drummer Peter Phipps was brought in to finish the record.

The freedom to produce songs without the restrictions of having to play them live gave Partridge and Colin Moulding (the bassist and other songwriter of the band) a much greater palette with which to work. The result was Mummer, a largely acoustic collection of complex but beautifully lush songs. Their new, more pastoral sound is well represented by today's song – Love on a Farmboy's Wages.

Click here for the video

I think the intricate acoustic guitar interplay between Partridge and, lead guitarist, Dave Gregory is fantastic on this unusual, folksy, and romantic pop music gem.

– Jim "Dr. Dim" Fitzsimons

Comments
Watch the unseen footage in ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ trailer

Watch the unseen footage in ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ trailer

Can we all agree that John Hughes' Planes, Trains and Automobiles is the ultimate Thanksgiving movie? (And maybe actually his best movie of the '80s? Think about it.) And though I'm sure many of us will be watching it again this holiday weekend, when...
Published: 11/22/17
David Cassidy … rest in peace

David Cassidy … rest in peace

David Cassidy was absolutely one of the biggest teen idols of the 1970s. From his lofty perch with TV's The Partridge Family, he was perhaps – along with the Brady boys – among the first male role models for kids like me who grew up glued...
Published: 11/22/17
So what really happened at 80s in the Sand?

So what really happened at 80s in the Sand?

So 80s in the Sand is finally in the books. Seven days of pool bars, '80s music and wheelchairs (for those who overdid the aforementioned pool bars. Really.) If you're a fan of Howard Jones, Loverboy, Berlin, the Thompson Twins, Winger, Starship and ...
Published: 11/21/17
If you only listen to one XTC song this week, this is it

If you only listen to one XTC song this week, this is it

Spearsy is almost back from vacation. Until then, here's Dr. Dim again:Well, it had to happen, Never Found in the 80s' XTC Week is drawing to a close, but what a great song we have today! From English Settlement (1982) comes this nearly perfect song ...
Published: 11/17/17

Ironically, this wasn’t a towering hit for XTC

”Guest blogger Dr. Dim returns with another tale of XTC while Spearsy is on vacation:We're in a week-long Never Found in the 80s tribute to XTC and today we continue with one of my most favorite songs of their entire catalog. Towers of London i...
Published: 11/16/17
When experience XTC, it’s okay to sample ‘Grass’

When experience XTC, it’s okay to sample ‘Grass’

Here's guest blogger Dr. Dim with his latest post:Never Found in the 80s' XTC Week continues and we return to the almost perfect album Skylarking from 1987. Today, we examine the album's first single – Grass. On the album, Grass plays directly ...
Published: 11/15/17
Never Found in the 80s – Love on a Farmboy’s Wages

Never Found in the 80s – Love on a Farmboy’s Wages

Here's today's guest blog item from our own Dr. Dim: As Never Found in the 80s XTC Week continues, we head back to 1983 (the year I graduated high school) to find the album Mummer. This album is notable for two reasons: One reason is that this was th...
Published: 11/14/17
Mick Jones went solo in the ’80s … don’t you remember?

Mick Jones went solo in the ’80s … don’t you remember?

Kevin Wuench returns with a final Lost and Found item for the week:When we think of the sound of Foreigner, it's only natural to think of the voice of Lou Gramm. If you haven't before, its finally time to hear the voice of Foreigner founder Mick Jone...
Published: 11/10/17
Bad trailers for campy movies: 1984’s ‘The Ice Pirates’

Bad trailers for campy movies: 1984’s ‘The Ice Pirates’

The name alone is somewhat intriguing: The Ice Pirates! Behold a far away galaxy where water is in such short supply that it has become a currency itself. And pirates dream of finding a planet where legend has it that water covers three-fourths of it...
Published: 11/09/17
Be it Paul, English or British, we got the beat

Be it Paul, English or British, we got the beat

Lost and Found returns today with this report from Kevin Wuench:Googling things has made us all knowledgeable today, but back in the '80s, mistaken identities were more common as evidenced by Rick Springfield writing the song Bruce about people getti...
Published: 11/09/17