What's yours? There are SO many to choose from: Time of the Preacher, Mr Bojangles, Rock'n'Roll I Gave You the Best Years of My Life, that Python Lee Jackson one ... number one in my personal chart (!) tho will always be Love's Been Good To Me by Rod McKuen, the best Canadian Buddhist and Brel translator ever to write hits for Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash! ....

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By the way, Terry Jacks didn't write it and didn't have the British hit with it. It was Kevin Johnson and he really was a brilliant one hit wonder. This Terry Jacks version sucks, whereas Kevin's version made such a mark on my childhood that I can still sing it entirely to this day.
I stand humbled, corrected, educated and ashamed. Thanks! Much better, you're right of course
And for the record, my favourites are L.O.V.E which, by the way, Al Green also loved, so there Edwyn. (He cringes a little listening to it) and The Subway Sect's Holiday Hymn.
Second- third- and fourth-ed. L.O.V.E. introduced me to Al Green, and I've never known what people were talking about when they said Edwyn had no business flexing his own Muscle Shoals. EC hasn't done that much with his upper register since Hope and Despair, going in for octave-dropping crooning more often (correct if, as likely, wrong) but I find it as sweet in its way as my beloved Mariah. (In case anybody thinks I joke, cf http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2006/dec/11/whatswithallt...)

As for Vic, he is surely the most underacknowledged pop genius since pop history began. Despite the fact that he's had several major top 40 hits (by the remains of the 'Sect: http://www.joboxers.net/history.html. Vic's manager told me he wrote a lot of their songs, but if you look at the first JoBoxers' LP, there are NO songwriter details) and was a crucial contributor to Gorgeous George (if only for bringing EC and Paul Cook together, the world owes him a giga-Cheers!) the vast majority of people to whom you mention his name have no idea of whom you speak. The End of the Surrey People and The Long-Term Side Effect are two of my very favourite records ever, and there is significant overlap between the former unobtainable item and EC's absolutely justified global hit. (I always think in Girl Like You it's Vic I can hear whispering at the runout "Turn Left! Turn Left!")

This is a YouTube fave o'mine:


tho, off-topic, this baby - hang on, this grotty mobile fone concert footage has remarkably high sound quallity @£$%%(=** - I also love this. "You got us looking down at these keyboards now/It's never been the same since 1980 is one of the best couplets ever imho.


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It is indeed Vic going turn left turn right and that was his idea....
But I am a Rod McKuen freak, so also love Love's Been Good To Me. Has he ever recorded that? I can't remember.
If he has, my shameless completism has yet to hunt it down!
Lindo, "We Come As Aliens", the new Sect LP is near completion. Release date due September. It is a masterpiece and will blow you away. Up the Hatters! Jim
I knew We Come As Aliens was brewing; hadn't realised it was due to be finished and released ahead of the songs from the musical Blackpool, that Vic wrote with Irvine Welsh, which I gather in fact is another couple of years off completion.

That's great. I shall go to bed dreaming of a support slot at the Edwyn QEH tickets for which I am the proud possessor
Just for the record - I think these are all covers Edwyn did:

L.O.V.E. Love Green / Mitchell / Hodges Can't Hide Your Love Forever
Holiday Hymn Vic Godard Ostrich Churchyard / Heather's On Fire
My Girl Has Gone Robinson / Moore / Tarplin / White Hellbent On Compromise
Time Of The Preacher Willie Nelson Hellbent On Compromise
After All (I Live My Life) Frankie Miller / Jimmy Doris Doctor Syntax (US Version)
The Witch Queen Of New Orleans P.Vegas / L.Vegas A Casual Introduction
Witchcraft Cy Coleman / Carolyn Leigh A Casual Introduction / Longapalooza
Ding A Dong Bakker / Mac / Luikinga A Song For Eurotrash
In A Broken Dream David Bentley If You Could Love Me (CD1)
Won't Turn Back Vic Godard Keep On Burning (CD1)
Mr. Bojangles Walker Adidas World (CD2)

Maybe I forget something ...
Damn. Never heard the Frankie "Gravel machine" Miller cover. Is it on plastic somewhere?
I'm sure you'll find the US version of Doctor Syntax at ebay. But - here it is. Not as good as In A Broken Dream. but with a hot guitar sound.
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