Barrett’s Home*

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2006

So I’ve been on a bit of a nostalgia-felch courtesy of YouTube tonight… one of the clips I came across was the first pop video I remember: Shakin’ Stevens’ 1981 hit, This Ole House.

I cannot tell you with what innocent wide-eyed amazement I watched Shakey jump off a roof and land with cushioned adroitness. To be honest, nothing that’s happened to me since has ever quite lived up to that moment, aged four.

His new album, Now Listen, is due out on 23rd October. I may just have to.

Vaguely interesting fact: Shakey was the biggest-selling UK singles artist of the 1980s.

* Kudos to anyone who gets the link.

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Two links: Shakey real name is Michael Barrett. He was also managed for some time by Paul Barrett, whose wife Lorraine is the Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth.

by Peter Black on September 30, 2006 at 10:34 pm. Reply #

Peter, I salute your Kudos 🙂

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2006 at 10:44 pm. Reply #

When I saw the title I thought this was going to be another piece on the new Tory logo!

by Tabman on October 1, 2006 at 9:04 am. Reply #

This was the first single I ever bought:

Check out those Flying V guitars!

by Liberal Neil on October 1, 2006 at 11:03 am. Reply #

We listened to this on some radio show or other at primary school.

I’m now destined though to forever associate him with the Shirley Bassey/Tom Jones episode of Rock Profile…

by Will on October 2, 2006 at 2:03 pm. Reply #

Lorraine tells me that Shakey’s real name is spelt Michael Barratt, whereas his former manager and her husband spells his name Barrett.

by Peter Black on October 3, 2006 at 1:22 pm. Reply #

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