The Tor Guides

Wreckless Eric and the mystery girl from Tahiti

In Okategoriserade on 8 June, 2011 at 13:25

When I was a young boy
My mama said to me
There’s only one girl in the world for you
And she probably lives in Tahiti

There are ordinary heroes and others…then nothing…then there´s Wreckless Eric and a couple of others (including the ever witty Ian Dury, present behind the drums in the clip below).

The story of Eric Goulden, as he was named, is a strange one. He was one of the first in a series of odd signings to upstart indie label Stiff Records in the mid 70s. His first single, Whole Wide World, was recorded and produced in 1977 by Nick Lowe, the label´s inhouse producer, and the song could as well have been made or performed by Lowe. In any case, it´s one of the hidden classics of the 70s.

Many years later I actually wound up in Tahiti, though not with the objective to find Eric´s girl. However, even though I was there with my wife, I just couldn´t beat the temptation to look, every now and then, for that special girl who Eric´s mum told him about. She wasn´t to be seen, though – but since this was in 1994 she´d probably already moved on to new playing grounds, perchance elsewhere in the Pacific region…

With Eric on guitar, Ian Dury on drums, Davy Payne (of Blockheads fame) on saxophone and Denise Roudette (Dury´s then girlfriend) on bass and someone I can´t recognize on piano, this is a great rendition of a great, great song!



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