Day 61: ‘It’s My Party’ by Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
Hands up everyone who thought this was Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics, moonlighting with someone else.
This Dave Stewart is a well-known figure on the so-called ‘Canterbury Scene’ in Prog Rock. He’s been the keyboard player in (among others) Hatfield and the North, National Health, Bruford, Uriel and Egg.
Barbara Gaskin has sung with (deep breath) Spirogyra, Hatfield and the North, Egg, National Health, Phil Miller, Peter Blegvad, Bill Bruford and Mont Campbell – a veritable roll-call of progressive and avant-garde musicians – as well as working with Nigel Planer and Jane Wiedlin. Bizarre or what?
An odd couple to score a Number 1 hit single with a cover of a Lesley Gore classic, you might think.
You’d be wrong. It’s tremendous stuff.
It’s also appropriate for today, because when midnight chimes tonight I’ll be at home, listening to music and getting ready for the inevitable fireworks from my neighbours’ houses. I hate New Year’s Eve almost as much as I hate Xmas. It’s my party, and you’re not invited. I’ll cry if I want to.
See you in 2016, folks!