62 The Wrong People by Furniture 1986
Up there with Shack for the unluckiest band in the world award. Furniture's the Wrong People was filled up with just the right amount of angst for someone leaving home for the first time
Shamefully ,along with Its Immaterial, forever pigeon holed as one hit wonders, but what a hit. Not really sounding like anything else at of the time , its slightly off kilter lyric with a backing that would grace an Elbow lp
By the follow up a re recorded version of an earlier single the video had got slicker but their luck was in free fall , with it making radio 1s playlist Stiff records couldn't produce anywhere near enough to match demand and so the catchier song and quirkier lyric was destined to flop
Another single Miss You had Janice Long crying live on air (I may well have made this up as I cant find any record of this as a single let alone the crying - however it is a cracking sad song) but their chance had come and gone.
The lp benefits from a both songwriters taking vocal duties and a band willing to take risks with the arrangements and take them to places that not a lot of other bands I liked at the time were willing to go
The centrepiece is the track She Gets out the Scrapbook that crams as much drama into one song as most bands generate in a back catalogue.
This came out in a weird time in between a levels and poly when I moved to Worcester to work on a volunteer project. Working 48 hours on and 48 off I and a co volunteer looked after Ray who had tried to commit suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. The volunteer system allowed Ray to continue to live in his home. The volunteers home was a flat opposite the sauce factory and next to a night shelter where we also used to help out every now and then.
Their was a feeling that having had to retake my a levels and now stuck out in worcester all my friends lives were now passing me by and the sentiments in the song struck a chord. I didn't realise at the time just how much growing up I was having to do in that 6 months
She Gets Out the Scrapbook - Furniture
you can buy a re released version of the Wrong People here