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Tuesday, May 11, 2010


The other night Graham and I sat up with Dave B-P using Spotify to play songs from our mis-spent youth. That is not actually that unusual occurence, but on this occasion there was actually a reason for it. David leaves college at the end of the current term, but is going back to his old school for one last public appearance - at the end of term concert, known as the Kingsley School Summer Cabaret. This year the theme is `Glam Rock` and (leaving aside for the moment the fact that this sounds so much more fun than the school concerts of my youth where well scrubbed boys and girls would warble about nymphs and shepherds) David wants some advice.

What song would it be appropriate for the future Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology sing at such an event? PS Gary Glitter jokes are not appropriate....


G L Wilson said...

Anything by T Rex!

Neil A said...

Wow, wish I could attend! The Sweet have been a major influence on my eyeliner!!!

Jon, I can see you belting out 'Children Of the Revolution'or 'Ride A White Swan' by the immortal Mr Bolan.