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I don’t know my elbow from my arse


It’s been almost 30 years since I last went into an English school classroom. From September I’ll be training to do it everyday, which means this blog may move from irregular to hiatus.

So while I still have both the time and the energy, what better subject could there be for a post than school itself, a recurring topic in the rock ’n’ pop canon, whether it’s Pink Floyd proving, however ironically, that a little education goes a long way or Alice Cooper tediously banging on about blowing school to pieces?

Of course, it’s easy for millionaire rock stars to mock a decent education in their own illiterate fashion, but for the rest of us, the ability to put the right words the right order proves diurnally useful, if not essential.

But there are many things that school can’t teach us and that’s where music comes in. And where better to start than Cardiff’s self-styled educationalists and yet another lesson in how to make the perfect soul-pop record. Sensational.

The School :: Summer’s Here

For reasons unfathomable, there are still people who think dead tongues should be taught in schools, this in country hugely deficient in modern language skills.

Liverpool’s Go Faster played 143 gigs in a five-year career that ended in 2010 and put out a handful of records. This is the title track of the first.

Go Faster :: Modern Education

Passing a gentleman’s outfitter in Newcastle the other day I noticed that they were advertising prom suits for £59. Call me old fashioned, but I’ll never feel comfortable with the high school prom on this side of the pond; it’s one of those American imports, like Halloween, that we’ve never needed. We had school discos and bonfire night and all was well with our world.

Bis :: School Disco ⬇ [iTunes]

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And if we misbehaved, the consequences were clearly stated.

Camera Obscura :: Suspended from Class

As for the subject I’m going to teach…

Half Man Half Biscuit :: Mathematically Safe ⬇ [iTunes]

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One Response

  1. Simon Aughton says:

    I’ve just come across this: http://lpcoverlover.com/2014/04/25/and-a-one-and-a-two/ Perfect.



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