Good morning, sit up at the back there! Pay attention! Here are your songs about places of education – not always the sort of education one might expect. Predictably, and slightly early, next week’s theme will be Christmas. So If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send it along to email@example.com, together with a few words. Many thanks to all contributors.
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – Dr. Bones – Ravi Raman: Well Ali did cast the net wide with the ‘massage parlour’ inclusion. This is from an okay-ish movie, with a great soundtrack, which is set in a dance school (that is the only reference to education to be honest).
The Hold Steady – One For The Cutters – tincanman: She went away to college (university) and came home a new person. I don’t think she attended class much.
Razorcuts – Mary Day – vanwolf: He met her at the high school though it’s not really so much about that place. But as the band are named from a Buzzcocks lyric I thought fitting in this sad week.
Nat King Cole – You Don’t Learn That In School – severin: “Put away your lessons, throw away your books”. Nat’s going to tell you what you don’t learn at school. I’m not convinced he’s right about all of this but with his voice, his piano and the other two musicians, he can sing anything he wants to.
Steely Dan – My Old School – AliM: Dredged up from the great grey-green, greasy nether regions of my psyche, all set about with fever-trees, this is from their 1973 album, Countdown to Ecstasy.
Speedy Ortiz – The Graduates – vanwolf: French club dropouts – good enough for me.
Josh Ritter – Getting Ready To Get Down – tincanman: Rebellious teen is shipped off to Bible college to get preached into respectability. I don’t think it had the intended effect.
Dizzy Gillespie – Schooldays – Ravi Raman: The topic gave me a chance to revisit this extended live version from his Live At Newport album. Great set of tracks on that.
Mr Night & Mr Day – We Are On Earth to Learn – severin: This world as a place of education. Not a new concept by any means. This is from a 1996 compilation I have called “Dubnology vol 2 – Lost In Bass”, which is a very good listen. I know nothing about the two misters.
Johnny Marr with Pet Shop Boys – This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave – MaggieB: A version with Johnny Marr. I read somewhere that this song is about a dream that Neil Tennant had in which he was back at school waiting to do an exam. A dream? More like a nightmare…