Saturday, December 01, 2012

Bookmarks: The Farm

Liverpool's SevenStreets fears for the poor receptionist at the Maritime Museum, forced to listen to The Farm's Altogether Now on an endless loop, all day:

Can you feel that pulsing ice of terror running through your veins at the thought of having to hear “All together now…all together now…All together now…In no-man’s land…” hundreds of times a day with no respite? Listening to the fading sound of Peters Wylie and Hooton wailing away knowing that the Pachelbel-cribbing opening bars are about to remorselessly start up again and there’s nothing you can do to stop it? You couldn’t even put headphones on as that would look ‘unprofessional’.
Footnote: I once spent a New Years' Eve in a small Cambridgeshire village; the locals in the pub were unamused by someone in our party putting Altogether Now on seven times in a row. I had a degree of sympathy of them.


1 comment:

Robin Carmody said...

I get weird feelings when I hear that track now; at the time, it seemed to herald the rehabilitation of working-class culture post-Italia 90, but in retrospect, of course, it all just ended up becoming another bourgeois commodity. Or to put it another way, when I hear it now I tend to think first of BSB's downfall rather than Thatcher's.

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