Closing in fast on the complete works of Rockpile, here is Edmund’s last “solo” 7″ before the quartet’s nominal debut Lp. The A-side does not concern us much being a straightforward version of the much-covered popular blues (two times number one in the UK, once in the States), but the second-biggest-DE-hit-referencing B is an amusing squib that sounds like a songwriting prank which emerged from a drunken challenge, viz. Billy Bremner: “I bet you couldn’t write a song entirely made up with all the girls’ name from all them 50’s songs by Elvis an’ the Everlys an’ that.” Edmunds: “I fucking well could. Nick, fetch me my writing pad.” Nick Lowe (voice muffled because of the bottle in his mouth): “Mmfskdf ofkd.” Terry Williams: “Guys, guys. I’ll go fetch the writing pad. Let’s cool out, stop bickering and write the song.” And so they did.
The original concept (in my mind) was expanded from 50s/60s girls songs names (Claudette, Long Tall Sally, Donna, Peggy Sue, Jenny, Mary Lou, Rhonda, Ruby, Michelle) to include sixeventies ones (Lucy, Carrie-Ann, Layla, Sweet Jane) and then-contemporary ones (Roxanne, Alison, my Sharona, Mandy). Cute.
“Singing the Blues” was included on the patchwork Lp Twangin…, while the flip is available nowhere else as far as I know.