Songs About School/ Childhood

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I'm trying to compile a mix-CD themed arounf (English) schooldays as a birthday present for a friend. So far it includes songs by Sudden Sway, Mark Wirtz, Plone, The Clangers, Saint Etienne, but, unless I think of some more some time soon, will also have to have Tommy/ Pink Floyd etc. Quick - save me!

Tom August, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 08:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 08:59 (sixteen years ago) link

Gilbert O'Sullivan - We Will

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 08:59 (sixteen years ago) link

Kinks - Do You Remember Walter

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:00 (sixteen years ago) link

The Smiths - "Headmaster Ritual" ?

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:03 (sixteen years ago) link

Lemonheads - Rockin' Stroll (about being a baby in a buggy)
Husker Du - Flexible flyer (the best song about sledging, evah)
Undertones - Teenage Kicks (!)

bg (creamolafoam), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:06 (sixteen years ago) link

I believe the original poster specified "English."

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:08 (sixteen years ago) link

which admittedly might rule out Our Gilbert, but would also exclude "Little Boy in Corduroy" by Donovan, which clearly we cannot.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:09 (sixteen years ago) link

Remember a Day - Pink Floyd
Celebrate Summer - T.Rex

pinky, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:11 (sixteen years ago) link

pink floyd - matilda mother

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:11 (sixteen years ago) link

There is also that one I can't bring myself to nominate wherein the children's chorus insists that they are not in need of education.

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:12 (sixteen years ago) link

"Celebrate Summer" was Bolan's final single - "Summer is heaven in '77!"

Oh yes - "School Love" by Barry Blue.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:13 (sixteen years ago) link

Black Box Recorder "The School Song"

Jeremy (Jeremy), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh, We Will is a lovely, lovely choice. Thanks. I suppose there's Cat Stevens's Remember The Days Of The Old School Yard which I've always had a soft spot for. Others: Duncan Browne's Alfred Bell - very sad, Eleanor Rigby-esque song about a schoolteacher getting old; and loosely - John Cameron's soundtrack to Kes.
Pure speculation but now that everybody seems to grows up so quickly, and so many companies are trying to sell commodity-adulthood to young people, and teachers are forced to tailor their syllabi to vocational/ National-Curriculum ends, is it getting harder for musicians to invest the school pop song with the kind of reverie/ prelapsarian bliss that I most crave?

Tom August, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:17 (sixteen years ago) link

I think Saint Etienne have done a pretty good job of that on their children's songs album, but then they are a special case.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:19 (sixteen years ago) link

I agree. I like Barnyard Brouhaha - very Raymond Scott. And Bedfordshire is lovely. Another - sort of: Cornelius Cardew, We Sing For The Future

Tom August, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:21 (sixteen years ago) link

These also appear to be about English childhood to varying degrees, no?

Madness - "Baggy Trousers"
Dream Academy - "Life In A Northern Town"
Denim - "It Fell Off the Back Of A Lorry"

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Am listening to Life In a northern Town on my computer right now; you're right!

Tom August, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:26 (sixteen years ago) link

I'll tell you a good one - "Song Of Spring" by Mike Westbrook off his Glad Day album of Blake settings. Lovely use of the children's choir and four electric guitars sounding like one very subdued guitar.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Also, "You're A Lady" by Peter Skellern, which strictly speaking is about a tongue-tied would-be suitor, but with the brass band and the "You're the teacher/I've come to school" refrain it manages to be evocative of more innocent times.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:33 (sixteen years ago) link

Mike Westbrook? I don't know his work at all, I'm afraid. Just looked on Amazon - they don't have that album, but they do have one called Metropolis which sounds very interesting: would you recommend that too?

Tom August, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:37 (sixteen years ago) link

I guess most BBC Radiophonic Workshop material would be apt too.

Tom August, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Metropolis is unhinged and great, but I fear not very pastoral or childlike.

Essentially it is two bands - one free improv, the other jazz/funk/rock - playing at the same time and trying to drown each other out. Bit like Sun Ra vs Mike Flowers Pops, although there are also some gorgeous ballad sequences.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Actually, Westbrook's Love Songs has lately been reissued on CD (about bloody time!) and there's a fantastic bit of pastoral psychedelic jazz on there called "Magic Garden" which I think would work v. well in your mix.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:44 (sixteen years ago) link

"Bit like Sun Ra vs Mike Flowers Pops": gosh - very intriguing. Will get that - and Love Songs - today.

Tom August, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 09:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Radiohead - Bishop's Robes

Melissa W (Melissa W), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 10:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Wombles - Wellington Goes To Waterloo (charming little Saint Etienne-ish proto-indie number, and obv Waterloo is the train station not the battlefield)

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 10:03 (sixteen years ago) link

Lots of Television Personalities songs seem to be build around distinctly English childhood themes: "Bright Sunny Smiles," "Arthur the Gardener," "Games For Boys," "Mummy Your Not Watching Me," etc. Lots of shuddersome undertones though...

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 10:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Yes, especially the And Don't The Kids Just Love It album, I guess.
A side question: does dance music 'do' childhood?

Tom August, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 10:11 (sixteen years ago) link

"Sesame's Treet" by the Smart E's?

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 10:42 (sixteen years ago) link

white stripes- We're Going To Be Friends

t0dd swiss (immobilisme), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 14:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Ghostface Killah, "Child's Play"

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 14:11 (sixteen years ago) link

Lulu - To Sir With Love
Monochrome Set - Straits of Malacca (albeit a bit, erm, sordid)

Jez (Jez), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 14:21 (sixteen years ago) link

The Police - Dont Stand So Close To Me

white boi, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 14:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Keith West - ...Teenage Opera (substitute that for the Monochrome Set)

The Seekers - Georgy Girl (don't know why, but it seems to fit the bill)

Jez (Jez), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 14:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Itchycoo Park

Billy Pilgrim (Billy Pilgrim), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 14:28 (sixteen years ago) link

The Who - I'm a Boy
Jacky - White Horses (well, it always reminds me of being a kid)

Jez (Jez), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 14:29 (sixteen years ago) link

Beat Happening - That Girl, Our Secret, TV Girl, etc

Boring Satanic Space Jazz (sexyDancer), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 14:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Saturday Girl - Billy Bragg

wtin, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 15:35 (sixteen years ago) link

Hanoi Rocks - 11th Street Kids

Mike Dixn (Mike Dixon), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 15:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Hefner - Peppermint Taste
there's a bunch more there but that's my favorite

caspar (caspar), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 15:58 (sixteen years ago) link

Belle and Sebastian: Stars of Track and Field (Scots yeh)
Billy Bragg: Lover's Town (I only have this as a peel session, I am not sure if it exists in another form)
The Fall: The Classical

fakenose, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 18:17 (sixteen years ago) link

I thought The Classical was about an advertising agency

Boring Satanic Space Jazz (sexyDancer), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 18:30 (sixteen years ago) link

The Darkness - Friday Night

57 7th (calstars), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 18:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Billy Bragg song is The Saturday Boy not Saturday Girl. Soz.

wtin, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 19:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Auteurs - The Rubettes
Auteurs - How I Learbed to Love the Bootboys
Auteurs - Your Gang, Our Gang
Auteurs - School
Black Box Recorder - Child Psychology
Black Box Recorder - Andrew Ridgeley
Black Box Recorder - The Facts of Life
Brazil - School Daze
Eric Burdon - When I Was Young
Buzzcocks - Noise Annoys
The Clash - 1-2-Crush on You
The Clash - Stay Free
Stiff Little Fingers - At the Edge

Ben Dot (1977), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 21:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - "Merched Ya Neod Gwalt Eu Gilydd" & "Spanish Dance Troupe"

Super Furry Animals - "The Teacher"

Steve Gertz (sgertz), Thursday, 28 July 2005 00:43 (sixteen years ago) link

the entirety of the kinks' schoolboys in disgrace. with a special nod to "jack the idiot dunce."

fact checking cuz (fcc), Thursday, 28 July 2005 02:55 (sixteen years ago) link

pet shop boys - hey headmaster.
new order - true faith.

retroman, Thursday, 28 July 2005 03:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Billy Bragg: Lover's Town (I only have this as a peel session, I am not sure if it exists in another form)

...only if you count Lovers Town Revisited, which you shouldnae, because it is Nowhere Near As Good.

But from that same artist: The Saturday Boy, To Have And To Have Not, and maybe Scholarship Is The Enemy Of Romance and Qualifications.

Plus there's an obvious Alice Cooper cashcow.

A.C.M.E. (A.C.M.E.), Friday, 29 July 2005 01:17 (sixteen years ago) link

deep red bells by neko case "looks a lot like engine oil and tastes like being poor and small and popsicles... in summer..."

gem (trisk), Friday, 29 July 2005 01:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Not ENGLISH, though, is it?

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 29 July 2005 05:24 (sixteen years ago) link

no it isn't i beg your pardon. clearly i read the selection criteria in a bit of a slapdash fashion. my apologies.

gem (trisk), Friday, 29 July 2005 05:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Back in school we used-to-dream-a-bout-this-ev-ry-dayeeeee
Could it really happen? Or do dreams just fade awayeeee yeah?
Then we started to si-gin-a-blayz anytime scoob (???)
And we started a group and here we are, kickin it just for YOOOUUUU OH!

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 29 July 2005 05:29 (sixteen years ago) link

sixteen years pass...

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