I can clearly remember hearing this song for the first time. I’d just started that glorious teaching period known as the “long holiday” in July 2001, and was sitting in the garden, sun out, attempting to write the book and lyrics to a musical I was aiming to produce the following Christmas. Again one of my pupils had given me a CD he’d compiled the previous summer while picking cherries in a Kentish orchard, living with others in a communal caravan. (“Music to Pick Cherries By.”) As soon as I heard this, I downed tools, and pored over the titles, and that was my first intro to Lemon Jelly.
LJ were in fact an all too brief liaison of two UK samplers with a clear wit and produced three notable albums. This track’s taken from the excellent 2000 offering “Lemonjelly. ky.” It’s happy music and makes me wish they’d stuck together rather than splitting in 2008. Oh, and I wrote like a demon that summer!
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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…?”