Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Neverending Top Ten #2.9 - Love Action

We were listening to Sam CD #94 in the car for the first time on Saturday, and as soon as this tune came on, Sam said:

"This is the band that lives across the road from Auntie Mags."

Auntie Mags isn't an actual auntie, but a friend of Louise's, one of the special kind who gets awarded honorary auntie status. She lives in Sheffield, and true enough, her house is just across the road from a rather unprepossessing 4 bedroom detached property owned by Mr. Phil Oakey. He's had it for years, and we've no idea how often he actually lives there, or how many other houses he owns, but I guess it's his hometown base. In fact, the only information Auntie Mags (who also shares a local with Richard Hawley, "a very nice man") has to reveal about the Oakey residence is that "he always keeps his curtains closed". Well, he would, wouldn't he? He's only human... and I imagine many of his neighbours keep feeling fascination about just what he gets up to in there. I mean... is there still any love action?

I like Sam's idea that the whole band lives there though, Monkees style. They could do a pop band remake of Man About The House with Phil playing the Richard O'Sullivan role and Susan Sulley and Joanne Catherall replacing Paula Wilcox and Sally Thomsett. Maybe former members Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh could be the annoying neighbours next door who can't resist the temptation to peep over the garden fence.


  1. You should know that The Monkees ripped of the living in the same house idea from the Beatles "Help!" film which has a scene where The Fabewless Mawptops are seen entering 4 different front doors to reveal they're all living in the same pad!*

    *hip 1960's word for flat.

    1. Of course. The Beatles also discovered fire, eating with cutlery and opposable thumbs (though that last one was mostly McCartney on his own).

  2. What a lovely post Rol. I want to see that pop band Man About The House remake, most definitely.


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