Another exam today – Physics. A fair paper being my honest assessment. It wasn’t hard knowledge in it – I knew most of the stuff and I rated my marks on each part as A – 30/40; B – 30/50; C – 30/50. Question mark!
In the evening, England managed a patchy 0-0 draw with Morocco. This was the game in which Captain Courageous (sic), Bryan Robson went off with a damaged shoulder, to be replaced by Steve Hodge and we then saw his replacement as skipper, Ray Wilkins, sent off just before half time for throwing the ball at the referee. And he was always thought of as an intelligent footballer! It was funny… almost as funny as the time that he was heard quite clearly screaming at a ball boy, ‘oi, give us that facking ball back…’ (It may have been the same game, and I may also be completely off radar about the incident…)
I bought two singles today (or me mum was delegated). First up, the wondrous Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel on 7″. I always had the parent album by Peter Gabriel, So, on my list of purchases to make, but alas I never did get round to it. From the opening trumpet blast, Sledgehammer is as cool a piece of rock-funk as you could wish to hear. Sledgehammer made #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 in the UK singles chart. I don’t know about you, but I’ll never tire of hearing this song. And as for the video, it was perhaps the first one to really catch my imagination – ignore the tired old cliches about Dire Staits’ Money For Nothing video with its clunky CGI, this is the one. Parts of the video are shot by Nick Park of Wallace and Gromit fame. Apparently, he was honing his skills as a plasticine animator at the time. (He’ll never make it I tell ya!)
And on 12″, the equally cool Vienna Calling was the Austrian, Falco’s second and final UK hit following his colossal Rock Me Amadeus (number 1 all over the world – in English speaking countries as well as German ones). This one made number 10 in the UK singles chart and a very respectable #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. I must have been impressed, buying it on 12″, an honour that I didn’t bestow lightly,what with my limited budget for buying singles and all that!
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