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.