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Haunting anti-war song.
 

Butcher’s Tale (Western Front 1914)

 
A Butcher yes that was my trade
But the King's shilling is now my fee
A butcher I may as well have stayed
For the slaughter that I see
And the preacher in his pulpit
Sermon, "Go and fight. Do what is right"
But he don't have to hear those guns
And I bet he sleeps at night
And I
Andi, can't stop shaking
My hands won't stop shaqking
My arms won't stop shaking
My mind won't stop shaking
I want to go home,
Please let me go home,
Go home
And I have seen a friend of mine,
Hang on a wire like some rag toy
And in the heat the flies come down
And cover up the boy
And the flies come down in
Gommecourt, Thiepval,
Mametz Wood, and French Verdun
If the preacher he could see those flies
Wouldn't preach for the sound of guns
And I
And I can't stop shaking
My hands won't stop shaking
My arms won't stop shaking
My mind won't stop shaking
I want to go home
Please let me go home
Go home
 
Songwriters: C. White
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As many on here will remember, music from the Sixties had a big retro resurgence in the Eighties, and I loved it. Had quite a few tape compilations, and I thought it all pissed all over the stuff that was in the charts at the time. There seems to be a twenty-year sliding window between music being popular and making a comeback, but you only hear the good stuff the second time around - I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the Eighties and Nineties revivals, considering how much antipathy I had towards the charts at the time.

Anyway, Status Quo released their good song in the Sixties. Content warning; video may contain traces of Savile.

 

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First time I heard this was late at night on my old transistor radio and it would have been a pirate radio station, probably Radio Caroline unless it was one of those rare occasions when I could pick up Radio London’s signal. Hard to imagine nowadays that we had to rely on pirate radio or Radio Luxembourg pre Radio 1 as BBC Light didn’t have much in the way of “pop” music although Saturday Club with Brian Matthews was one I always tried to listen to.

 

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I had a big 60's phase as a teenager. Initially I loved the psychedelic era. Sgt Pepper, Smile bootlegs, Notorious Byrd Brothers and Odessey and Oracle were all big favourites. I must have watched Head by The Monkees a hundred times. This was and still is a big favourite of mine.

 

 

 

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22 hours ago, Sergeant Wilson said:

The 60s were shite. There was even more guff around than any other modern era. Most stuff worth listening to wasn't in the mainstream.

 

This list of mostly dross would support your view of the mainstream.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_singles_of_the_1960s_in_the_United_Kingdom

I guess the equivalent lists for other decades are similarly poop though. 

This pished-at-Butlins nightmare is at number three. 

 

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1 hour ago, coprolite said:

This list of mostly dross would support your view of the mainstream.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_singles_of_the_1960s_in_the_United_Kingdom

I guess the equivalent lists for other decades are similarly poop though. 

This pished-at-Butlins nightmare is at number three. 

 

We were invited to one of those 60s weekends at a Butlins somewhere really bleak. It was my idea of Hell. Locked in, essentially, a prison with 18 hours a day of the surviving members of Herman's Hermits and Freddie and the Dreamers.

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I still have this - 5 LP's of mid 60's psychedelic garage punk. All before The Stooges or MC5.

popsike.com - Pebbles box set - 5 LP's + Poster (Garage, psych, kbd, trash,  punk diy, DIY) '03 - auction details

trackings list from Discogs

 

The Litter Action Woman  
The Preachers (2) Who Do You Love  
Floyd Dakil Combo Dance Franny Dance  
The Shag Stop And Listen  
The Grains Of Sand* Going Away Baby  
The Rogues The Train Kept A-Rollin'  
The Sweet Acids That Creature  
The Soup Greens Like A Rolling Stone  
The Wig Crackin' Up  
Positively 13 O'Clock Psychotic Reaction  
Kim Fowley The Trip  
Kim Fowley Underground Lady  
The Shadows Of Knight Potato Chip  
The Wilde Knights Beaver Patrol  
The Split Ends Rich With Nothing  
The Sons Of Adam Feathered Fish  
The Road (2) You Rub Me The Wrong Way  
The Buddhas Lost Innocence  
The Regiment (7) My Soap Won't Float  
The Inmates (5) More Than I Have  
The Inmates (5) Fakirs & Thieves  
The Little Boy Blues I Can Only Give You Everything  
Phil & The Frantics I Must Run  
The Choir It's Cold Outside  
The Journey Men She's Sorry  
The Wee Four Weird  
William Penn Five* Blow My Mind  
Randy Alvey & The Green Fuzz* Green Fuz  
Dave Diamond (5) & The Higher Elevation The Diamond Mine  
Teddy & His Patches Suzy Creamcheese  
Crystal Chandlier* Suicidal Flowers  
Naked Truth* The Wall  
The Electric Prunes Vox Wah-Wah Ad  
The Calico Wall Flight Reaction  
The Hogs Loose Lip Sync Ship  
Macabre (2) Be Forewarned  
The Monocles Spider And The Fly  
Godfrey Let's Take A Trip  
T.C. Atlantic Faces  
Oshun (2) Rattle Of LIfe  
Weird Street Carnival The Inner Truth  
The Driving Stupid The Reality Of (Air) Fried Borsk  
The Driving Stupid Horror Asparagus Stories  
Gonn Doin' Me In  
Dearly Beloved Flight 13  
The Quid Crazy Things  
Satan & The D-Men She'll Lie  
The Haunted (2) Vapeaur Mauve  
Phil & The Frantics Till You Get Want You Want  
The Grodes Cry A Little Longer  
Bobby Fuller I Fought The Law  
The Groupies I'm A Hog For You  
The Debonaires (2) Never Mistaken  
The Oxford Circle Foolish Woman  
Edgins Inds* Don't Try To Hide It  
Bethlehem Exit Blues Concering My Girl  
Spades* We Sell Soul  
Final Solution (2) So Long Goodbye  
The Tree No Good Woman  
The Gentleman* It's A Crying Shame  
The 5 Canadians* Writing On The Wall  
Satori (10) Time Machine  
The Leather Boy Shadows  
William Penn Five* Swami  
The Fe-Fi-Four Plus 2 I Wanna Come Back  
The Bitter End* Find Somebody To Love  
The Satyrs Yesterdays Hero  
State Of Mind (35) Move  
Yesterdays Children* Wanna Be With You  
Thursday's Children You'll Never Be My Girl  
Thursday's Children Air-Conditioned Man  

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