Week two of the exciting 'Before They Were FOUND' series sees Ziggy Campbell's former band declare their all encompassing love for the chorus. In my opinion this song became something of a signature tune for Staccato Set. It prompted comparisons to Tom Waits and when playing it on a T Break warm-up show for BBC Scotland Vic Galloway utter the immortal words: "Staccato Set. Bluuuuuuues".
It's been a long time since I listened to this track and I've forgotten just how good it is – from Big Jimmy Stax's thundering drums to the driving tones of Andy Bass, from Phil's sleazy organ to the droll, spiky delivery of Ziggy's vocals. But it does get me thinking . . .
. . . if all the band members are in love with the chorus, who is this temptress that has turned Big Jim into a little girl? Who is the object of their desires? If you listen carefully Ziggy appears to be singing "Susie susiemaroooooon" but apparently 'any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.' and the song is by no means about susiemaroon a highly skilled craftswoman of home and fashion textile accessories. (www.susiemaroon.co.uk)
Next week I will be subjecting you to an EP of epic instrumentals from my pre-fab-FOUND days. Please accept my sincere apologies in advance.