TV Cream


What with one thing and another it’s…

"What's this for? The Tube? What? Oh yeah, a smashing little show. really rockin'. Yeah."…another TV Cream blog-based tribute to Sir Paul.

Except now we’re on the new TVC, we can doff a Broad Street-sized hat in both sound and vision, courtesy of Spotify.

Somewhere down on the right hand side of the page you’ll see a new McCartney-themed playlist, unimaginatively titled A Macca Mystery Tour, wherein some of Percy Thrillington’s finest less well-known offerings have been collected.

That’s not to say it’s stuffed full of ultra-obscure ‘something I knocked up in the front parlour while Linda was hanging up the washing out back’ noodlings. Though there is a charming instrumental called Front Parlour.

No, it’s chiefly your middle-ranking hits and undeserved misses, like the fantastically frugsome Arrow Through Me off Back To The Egg, the ‘let’s speed up at the end for no reason’ Spies Like Us, the Now That’s What I Call Music 2 smash No More Lonely Nights (Arthur Baker Mix) and the rollicking Ballroom Dancing.

Particularly recommended is the ace Average Person, wherein our hero recalls various encounters with working class archetypes – an engine driver, a waitress, a boxer – replete with profession-denoting sound effects, each of whom has a secret to tell about their otherwise mundane lives, prompting Paul to ask us gnomically: “look at the average person, speak to the man in the queue, can you imagine the first one is you?” As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a fine example of Macca slipping in a cheeky colloquialism: “Yes, mate, you heard right!”

Six years before Madchester, Paul introduces the floppy centre parting to Britain

There’s also stuff off the barely-heard, even-less-purchased Thrillington album, whose presence on Spotify justifies that music streaming service’s existence alone. It’s Macca and Swingle Singers – together at last!

Anyway, it’s an open playlist, meaning anyone can add further suggestions for unjustly overlooked premier league James Paul McCartney classics.

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  1. Mark H Wilkinson

    June 13, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    TV Cream: for people who don’t like music.

  2. Drbendy

    June 15, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Nonsense, can we have You Gave Me The Answer and What’s That You’re Doing?

  3. TV Cream

    June 15, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    You Gave Me The Answer is already on the list! What’s That You’re Doing, however, is now safely added.

  4. Paul Gatenby

    June 15, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    And maybe ‘Oh Woman Oh Why’?

  5. Drbendy

    June 16, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Sorry i posted that message before i knew how to access the playlist. I thought we just had to put up requests. Well i’ve got my holiday playlist sorted out

  6. Drbendy

    June 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Can we have nineteen hundred and eighty five?

  7. TV Cream

    June 16, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    You should be able to add stuff yourself – it’s an open playlist.

  8. Drbendy

    June 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Oh sorry i’m an idiot when it comes to this web 2.5 phenomenon. Apologies once again.

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