I first heard Nick Parker’s ‘Down With The Yoof’ on Fresh On The Net’s Listening Post. Most weekends, I really enjoy taking a listen to the 25 or so new tracks that appear on there and voting for my five favourites. It’s a great way to discover new, upcoming acts.
Sometimes, bands that I’ve voted for will get in touch with me by E-mail, thanking me for the support I’ve shown or kind words I’ve written. Nick Parker did just that and offered to send me his forthcoming CD, Besta Venya. I’d enjoyed the humorous story-telling in ‘Down With The Yoof’ so much, a tale of a Dad trying to remain cool and failing badly as he traipses around charity shops in pursuit of that double denim look, that I jumped at the opportunity.
The CD promptly arrived – and with it came Nick’s brief biography. I was drawn to one line in it.
“Glastonbury based Nick Parker started gigging in his early teens playing mandolin and singing in folk/rock/skiffle band ‘Why?’, and spent the next 10 years bouncing around on stages at hundreds of venues and festivals around the UK and Europe.”
So Nick had once been a member of Why?. Why could I remember their name? What was it about the band Why? that rang my bells?
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Ah amazing, can’t believe I’ve found you guys. I used to love greenbelt, I was an innocent 13/14/15 year old who loved staying up to listen to Dreaming of Insomnia and feeling right naughty. I even found myself on stage with space to fill, so sang Nigel My Friend, that I still know all of the words to (they loved it). Sadly lost my tape some time ago (think my sister stole it). Don’t suppose your music is in digital format anywhere? Cheers buddy, hope you’re doing well. David
I am so sorry. I’ve only just seen your comment.
I love this – and I’m sure Steve will too though we barely speak these days.
I think he might have some CD versions of the tunes.. Add me on FB and I can link you up..
“We’re Dreaming of Insomnia, we’ve come to sing a song to ya”.