Lloyd Cole And The Commotions ‎– Brand New Friend (12″)

So moving back to 1985 and I’ll hold my hands up for this one, this was a definite piece of pre-loved vinyl e.g. don’t expect pristine quality. As I own everything that I post on here, reaped from Charity and Second Hand vinyl shops (apart from millionaire Mike’s illustrious vinyl horde) I shouldn’t really apologise.

“Brand New Friend” has the same or similar soulful backing singers that Paul Young utilised on his “No Parlez” album. The track itself breezes along showing it’s age like a Grandma in ski pants. So a memory trigger, got to love the opening lyrics

“Walking in the pouring rain walking with Jesus and Jane. Jane was in her turtle neck I was much happier then”

Drum machine and accordion this extended version has more soulful backing from the trio Jimmy Helms, Jimmy Thomas and Lance Ellington (I’m sure Paul Young utilised them on his “No Parlez” album.) Also Anne Dudley (Art Of Noise) provided the string arrangement with Langer and Winstanley on production we have a guaranteed hit.

Three B-sides, the superb “Her Last Fling” (great lyrics) and two live tracks, the acoustic “2 CV” about the car and off “Rattlesnakes” and the anthemic “Speedboat”



Polydor ‎– COLEX 4brandfrontcov

A Brand New Friend (Long Version) 5:34
B1 Her Last Fling 2:46
B2 2 CV (Recorded Live) 3:00
B3 Speedboat (Recorded Live) 4:15

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