Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Random Play: Tracie Young!

Can't be posting Respond Records without mentioning Tracie. Tracie was the reason I bought Beat Surrender, and then Speak Like A Child and then a whole load of music. It was all her fault. There I've admitted it. I got into a whole youth sub-culture (so sub by this point that I was surfacing on the other side of the planet) because of a crush on a girl. All my Motown and Trojan and Who and Small Faces and Moment and Fred Perry shirts because of a girl. Tracie! Can't forget that exclamation point.

Ah but what a girl. One of my favourite vocals ever by anybody on The Boy Hairdresser, a Weller original that was the b-side to Give It Some Emotion, Tracie's second single. I love the high note she hits on the last verse, the one after the spoken middle. (Who was that speaking? Weller, Mick Talbot, or the late great Vaughn Toulouse?)

And then some eagle eyed folk may have noticed this posted in comments earlier on in the week, but I'll post it 'officially': I Love You When You Sleep, a great song written by one Elvis Costello.

Ah what a song. Absolutely gorgeous.

Keeps On Burning indeed!

Tracie! - Boy Hairdresser
Tracie! - I Love You When You Sleep


Peewit said...

I'd always assumed it was Weller but I think you're right it was yer man from the Main T Posse coming right at ya with his fickle public speakin', Mr Tolouse

Anonymous said...

please please please can anyone help me with a working download link to either the seven inch or twelve inch version of tracie!'s - give it some emotion single?

please send to bloglover2008@yahoo.com

thank you

tracie.young said...

Hello...thank you for your very kind comments. I've just stumbled across this while looking for pictures of some of my old sleeves.
Just thought I'd let you know that Far From The Hurting Kind is being reissued on Cherry Red Records on July 19th 2010. It has ten extra tracks on it, including THTJB and Give It Some Emotion 7" & 12". The Boy Hairdresser is also included and the sleeve notes finally reveal who was the voice of "the hairdresser"! Downloads will be available, too.
Best wishes