Before Youtube existed and long before the word ‘torrent’ was redefined, us music-fans would have to rely on John Peel, Steve Lamacq and Mark Goodier (yes – Mark Goodier) to play songs on the radio that we might, on the offchance, half like.
Then there was the indie chart which was on monthly rotation on ITV’s The Chart Show – Saturday lunchtimes. I think that’s where I first heard this song. Well – five seconds of it before they played the number one. I bought the single on the strength of that, then subsequently lost it, or sold it, or something.
It was a double edged sword, watching The Chart Show’s Indie Chart. You were forced to buy albums based on a snippet. Either crushing disappointment or a lovely surprise would greet you when you got home from the record shop and found your purchase (which you’d travelled 20 miles on a train to get) was either an instant classic or, on the other hand, not what you expected at all.