Alexis Petridis Like a lot of people my age, my first real memories are of the summer of 1976. We went on holiday for the first time, to a hotel in Bournemouth. The thing I most clearly remember about it is the nights when my parents would go out and leave me in the hotel room. I would lie awake, with the windows open, listening to music wafting up from what must have been a bar or a disco downstairs. Later in the evening, when the action or whatever passed for action in a three-star hotel in Bournemouth in 1976 hotted up, they’d play Don’t Go Breaking My Heart and the Four Seasons’ December 1963 and S-S-S-Single Bed by Fox. But it was the slow stuff they played earlier on that made a real impression on me: Heart on My Sleeve by Gallagher and Lyle, Fool to Cry by the Rolling Stones, You Are My Love by Liverpool Express. I suppose it was one of the first times that I heard music that seemed to fit the circumstances in which I heard it. No one’s ever going to hold up the charts from the summer of 1976 as evidence of… Read full this story
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