Only winning at West Brom tomorrow and St James’ Park a week and a day later could be sexier than the “girl bits”, if that is not too rude a way of putting it, in Don’t You Want Me?.
You’ll have gathered I have nothing much to say today about football.
So why not run another win-a-mug competition? If a non-Sunderland supporter wins, the design will be adapted accordingly.
What is your karaoke song and why?
Mine is indeed the Human League’s Don’t You Want Me?. In fact, it may be my only one. I did try something of Dylan once but found it too high to sing along to, and me too incompetent to pitch it lower.
Human League was Phil Oakey and the two young women he “discovered” – Wikipedia quotation marks but I do recall one of those idiotic tabloid furores at the time – in the Crazy Daisy Nightclub in Sheffield: Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley. Three decades later, Joanne is still there.
I liked Human League anyway but the Joanne/Susan parts on that smash single were superb. The trick when doing it at karaoke is to get one girl or two up to take their places (or did just one of them sing, the other just there to look pretty?).
Anyone who attended folk clubs in Bishop Auckland, Darlington and beyond in days gone by will attest to my vocal limitations. Even so, people have been known to enjoy my Don’t You Want Me? …
I have dragged up colleagues, daughters, friends and strangers to stand in for Joanne and/or Susan. In Le Lavandou, France, a DJ called Rudy would call out the song title the moment I walked into the bar, even after many months without a visit. Once, when no one would volunteer or be volunteered to provide the girl bits, Rudy insisted on doing them himself.
There’s my embarrassing karaoke story. What’s yours?
Come up with a good story and I will send a Martin O’Neill “team of all Talents” mug (see below). M Salut’s decision is final.
Oh, and why now? Because the band’s press people wrote telling me of a tour. Do these bands never, er, disband? Bobby Vee and Del Shannon at New Shildon workingmen’s club were bad enough examples of the “won’t let go” syndrome. It’ll be Brinsley Schwarz and Brenda Lee next.
Here are the dates:
Fri 23rd BRIGHTON – Dome
Sat 24th BOURNEMOUTH – BIC
Sun 25TH CAMBRIDGE – Corn Exchange
Mon 26th LONDON – Royal Albert Hall
Wed 28TH BRISTOL – Colston Hall
Fri 30TH NOTTINGHAM – Royal Concert Hall
Sat 1ST HALIFAX – Victoria Theatre
Sun 2ND WOLVERHAMPTON – Civic Hall
Tue 4th SHEFFIELD – City Hall
Wed 5th GLASGOW – o2 Academy
Fri 7th NEWCASTLE – City Hall
Sat 8th MANCHESTER – Apollo
Sun 9th LINCOLN – Engine Shed
Mon 10th HATFIELD – The Forum
Box Office for all shows: 08454 134444 / www.alt-tickets.co.uk/alttickets/home_the_human_league