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A Sucker For Melody: Martin Carr's Favourite Songs
Joe Clay , October 28th, 2014 12:49

With an excellent new solo album, The Breaks, just released, and a London gig tonight, the former Boo Radleys and bravecaptain man has a trawl through the finest 7"s in his record collection with Joe Clay

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Marva Holiday - 'It's Written All Over My Face'
It's a Northern Soul tune, came out in 1967 I think. I bought a Northern Soul compilation, I can't remember what it's called, but it was no. four, so it should have been hitting the dregs. But you can't really with Northern Soul, that's the thing. There's about 9,000 tracks on it but they're all brilliant. And nestled away on like, side 15, was this track. It really grabbed me so I had to hunt it down. Every time I DJ I play it. It's a great vocal. What I love about Northern Soul records is that each one... y'know when that record came out it would have sold about 200 copies, but it would've been somebody's favourite record of all time. Behind all these labels and names on labels there are so many stories, and history. I like the fact that the least successful Northern Soul records are the most highly sought after, because there are fewer of them.

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Oct 28, 2014 1:07pm

Martin Carr, you are a legend. Love your songs. Don't stop.

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Oct 28, 2014 2:06pm

I think the author thinks there is a place called 'Wallasey in the Wirral' in Liverpool! Wallasey is a place on the Wirral peninsula, it's not in Liverpool. Martin's new album is fab BTW.

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Oct 28, 2014 2:13pm

In reply to Bob:

Apologies Bob - and I should know. Half of my family is from the Wirral. *Hangs head in shame* Anyway, will get it changed. And you're right about the album too.

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Oct 28, 2014 4:57pm

Great article, thanks for sharing. I'm still pushing The Boo Radleys on my friends here in the States, and they are finally starting to get what I've been talking about these last 20 years! I need to get this new album and check out some of these singles.

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Oct 28, 2014 7:43pm

Great choices but I've got to say, I've heard Sleaford Mods twice this week already on 6 Music.

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Oct 29, 2014 1:25am

In reply to Tim:

True,Tim,but we did this weeks ago. I think this is the first thing they've done that is broadcastable.

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Chris Donkey
Oct 29, 2014 7:53am

Sleaford Mods Fans! - Do yourselves a favour check out Mik Artistik's Ego Trip

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Nov 9, 2014 11:40am

Brilliant choices. Age-wise, I'm would've been in the same school year as Martin, and there are quite a few people our age who would agree about 1979-1982 being the best period for pop music.
My favourite Boo Radley's story is when Martin and Sice were young teenagers, they would walk down off their sofas waving at pretend fans as if they were descending from plane stairs like The Beatles!

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Nov 22, 2014 8:55pm

Squarepusher not very melodic? bizarre statement that.

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Gavin Hilzbrich
Apr 19, 2017 8:20pm

Excellent article. I was a big fan of the Boo's and found this after hearing one of Martin's new tracks.

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