Thursday 28 October 2021

The Shoebox Files #6: Billy Fury


‘Things Are Changing’ by Billy Fury is a highlight of the seventh mix in the series of Shoebox Selections. It’s so good, with a lovely off-kilter Northern Soul feel, punchy horns, and the great man himself in fantastic moody form, especially where his voice drops down and he warns: “You’ll be lonely and you’ll cry”. This, here, however, is more a celebration of the decidedly dodgy compilation I first heard the track on. For, let’s face it, we all have a few desperately wrong cash-in collections we are ridiculously fond of despite what logic tells us.

Friday 8 October 2021

The Shoebox Files #5: The Zombies


This is about The Zombies’ ‘Leave Me Be’, and about how memories won’t leave us be. The song itself appears towards the end of the fifth mix in the The Shoebox Selections series, bookended by The Sea and Cake’s ‘The Ravine’ and Jimmy Holiday’s ‘Would You Like to Love Me’, which is about as good as it can get. It is a quite impossibly beautiful sequence, and if anyone ever asks what I achieved in life or what good I did in the darkest days of 2021, then it would be more than reasonable to point to this holy trinity of softness, yearning and melodic bliss.