Ah the power of the album cover! If any cover made me want to listen to its contents then this one from “Jollification” must surely be right up there, with its representations of multi coloured strawberries coming from the bluest of blue skies. And as it turned out, it was the happiest of albums coming at a time -1996 - when I was newly and hopelessly in love, when every day promised positivity and gave me a glow.
The album had already been on release since 1994, but I saw it on a table at a friend’s house in ’96 – the same year Lightning Seeds sang the European Championship footie anthem “Three Lions” - and the seed was sown – ‘can I borrow this?’ The majority of“Jollification” is upbeat, with hits like “Perfect Day” and“Lucky You”, but this final track’s more downtempo . ‘I wish I’d kept more of those things you gave me…’
Moody but magnificent.
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About the Curator: Richard Parsons
I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.
In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?”