Willie Garvin

The Joy of the Single

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01nzchs/the-joy-of-the-single

Do you remember buying your first single? Where you bought it? What it was? The thrill of playing it for the first time? What it sounded like? How it maybe changed your life? Lots of us do. Lots of us still have that single somewhere in a dusty box in the attic, along with other treasured memorabilia of an adolescence lost in music and romance. The attic of our youth. 

The Joy of the Single is a documentary packed with startling memories, vivid images and penetrating insights into the power of pop and rock's first and most abiding artefact - the seven-inch, vinyl 45-rpm record, a small, perfectly formed object that seems to miraculously contain the hopes, fears, sounds and experiences of our different generations - all within the spiralling groove etched on its shiny black surface, labelled and gift-wrapped by an industry also in its thrall. 

In the confident hands of a star-studded cast, the film spins a tale of obsession, addiction, dedication and desire. The viewer is invited on a journey of celebration from the 1950s rock 'n' roll generation to the download kids of today, taking in classic singles from all manner of artists in each decade - from the smell of vinyl to the delights of the record label, from the importance of the record shop to the bittersweet brevity of the song itself, from stacking singles on a Dansette spindle to dropping the needle and thrilling to the intro.  

Featuring contributions from Noddy Holder, Jack White, Richard Hawley, Suzi Quatro, Holly Johnson, Jimmy Webb, Pete Waterman, Norah Jones, Mike Batt, Graham Gouldman, Miranda Sawyer, Norman Cook, Trevor Horn, Neil Sedaka, Paul Morley, Rob Davies, Lavinia Greenlaw, Brian Wilson and Mike Love.

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It's funny this but I don't remember buying my first single but I remember when my best friend Bev bought hers. She was on her way back from W Lumbs the local electrical appliance store; branches in Littleborough and Todmorden. They used to post up the top 20 every week on an A4 sized poster in their window every week and us kids used to go and look and drool over it. At a much later date there was a Carly Simon album in the window; you know the one.
Anyway back on topic, Bev bought the Archie's Sugar sugar.

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I'll never forget the look on my little sister's face when she gave me Saxon's '747 Strangers in the Night' 45 for my birthday....
 

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Seen the documentary before. Very interesting for those of a certain age.

The first single from my own money was The Who 'Squeeze Box' in 1975. It was ex-Juke box with the middle missing. It was from Woolworth. They used to have a bargain bin full of used and juke box singles.

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