#955: 2013, The Reform Club, Piccadilly Circus

by Charlie_East_West on November 11, 2014

Welcome to the next song in our theme week series of Great Debut Singles. Tonight we have a real treat for you. It is quite possibly the greatest song of all time. This is the song that all other songs measure themselves against. It is Piccadilly Circus by The Reform Club. The song is written and performed by Norman Baker MP.

This is the song that split the musical atom. Everything about this song is perfect. The arrangements, the lyrics, and a quite brilliant video that showcases a few middle aged men faux-busking around Piccadilly Circus.

What a glorious sight to behold:- An MP walking around Piccadilly Circus in a trilby miming to the eponymous track. The lyrics include “London Bridge is falling down / Zombie tourists flock into town / Buying plastic policeman / Japanese banker taking digital pix / A drunk’s mad laugh looking for a fix / Singing Rule Britannia,” and the track, going all angry, political and zeitgisty warns “don’t get caught under flashing neon signs in recessionary times“. As a damming indictment of London and the whole political system, these lyrics are right up there with the likes of Morrissey, Ray Davies and Joe Strummer.

Singer songwriter Norman Baker MP has recently resigned as a Government Minister to spend more time with his family and his music. After listening to this, it is easy to understand why. Norman Baker was lost in the dark arts of politics. Every cloud. His departure from the front benches is the gain of the musical world. Talent like this doesn’t come around very often. It is a song that I love from the heart of my bottom. I am sure Keith, our Secret MP would agree.

To all those pretenders to the throne of great debut singleThe Beatles, The Smiths, The Ramones, Kate Bush, Joy Division and Arctic Monkeys – your debut single took one hell of a beating. The Reform Club’s Piccadilly Circus beats all of them.
*I will be walking through Piccadilly Circus tomorrow. I will doff my trilby as a mark of respect to the greatest debut single of all time.
Norman Baker MP – musical legend.

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Ray_North November 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I actually heard a song by Norman on the Today Programme the other day and, for fear of massive and immediate loss of cred – I actually quite liked it.
This song though, is simply awful – in fact, I think it’s the worst song we’ve ever put on this blog.
So congratulations Mr East-West!


George_East November 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Blimey – not sure how that passes the pub test. Excruciating.


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