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 Get It All To Me   Red On Blue 
 My Oh My   Better Than Being In Love 
 Bye Bye Birmingham 

 
Standing In The Road
 Single "A" side (1972); and album track from Red On Blue (1998)
Words and music: Tom Farmer, Eddie Golga, Alan Jones, David Farmer


* This section is from the 1998 version

The creation of  Standing In The Road

As the story goes, one night drummer David Farmer had a dream about a rhythm, one with strange whispering type chants in the background. David: "I got out of bed and put it on this antiquated tape recorder. Later we started jamming on the rhythm in the studio and Tom put down this bass pattern which sort of came out of nowhere. Eddie and Alan picked it up and for two and a half hours we jammed on the tune.

"At one time Alan got bored and picked up a biscuit tin and started banging it. Eddie said, "That sounds good!" and we all started hitting Coke bottles with sticks and that created the rhythm section in the middle. We never wrote down the words, they just came while we were jamming. Noel (Walker, their producer and manager) heard it, and said, "That is your first single." It was like a scene from a movie."

Though this happened in January 1972, and the band quickly got into the studio to lay their masterpiece down on tape, disaster struck - lead singer Tom Farmer got laryngitis, undoubtedly due to the combination of the band's punishing live schedule and his throaty style of singing, not helped by the fact he smoked. Twin brother (and non-smoking) David was depping live on lead vocals, night after night, but when it came to the recording, their producer was not satisfied with the drummer's voice. It was some nerve-wracking months before Tom's voice was back to normal and the track could be finished.

The band were convinced they had a hit on their hands - if they could only make sure it got heard!

The single was finally released in June 1972, and submitted to the BBC to be considered for inclusion on their playlist. The record was duly listened to by the Powers That Be, but no such commitment was forthcoming. Instead, the decision kept being deferred, week after week, much to the band's mounting frustration.

In the meantime, they took matters into their own hands. During their shows they would announce that they were about to play their new single, and that the record could be purchased direct from the band (records that they had craftily bought at music shops beforehand, and which were enthusiatically snapped up by the punters).

Finally, on one of their regular visits to a record store to pick up more copies came the words they had been waiting to hear: "Have you guys seen the charts this week?"

Standing In The Road was listed as the number one new chart entry.

And then came the clincher - they were invited to appear on Top Of The Pops.
Sales of the single leapt 400% the week that they appeared on the show,
and the song was on its way up the charts at long last.

Standing In The Road went on to hit #4 in Britain,
selling 275,000 copies worldwide,
and was the #70 best-selling single of 1972.


Blackfoot Sue appeared on seminal UK pop show Top Of The Pops no less than 4 times performing Standing In The Road. However, all of these performances are believed to have been wiped. However, footage from German show Disco 72 exists. Click here or on the image at right to watch the clip on You Tube. Standing In The Road - Blackfoot Sue - Youtube
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Celestial Plain
 Single "B" side (1972)
Words and music: Tom Farmer, Eddie Golga, Alan Jones, David Farmer

This song was written BEFORE Standing In The Road, in 1971, specifically for the BBC children's drama, What Kind Of Life?, in which Gift (the pre-Blackfoot Sue) appeared, as themselves. The lyrics demonstrate that Tom Farmer's wit was an early development and, I might add, hasn't deserted him yet!
What Kind Of Life?

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Sing Don't Speak
 Single "A" side (1972)
Words and music: Tom Farmer, Eddie Golga, Alan Jones, David Farmer

 
Sing Don't Speak magazine advertisement
Unfortunately, just as with their previous hit single, no UK footage of follow-up record Sing Don't Speak is known to exist, but once again, it's German TV to the rescue, with grainy, dark footage from Disco 72. Notable for Tom's bass guitar strap coming loose towards the end of the song. Click here or on the picture to see for yourself!

Sing Don't Speak - Blackfoot Sue - filmclip on Youtube
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Get It All To MeGlittery Obituary
 Single "A" side (1973)  Single "B" side, from the album Nothing To Hide (1973)
Words and music: Tom Farmer, Eddie Golga, Alan Jones, David Farmer Words and music: Tom Farmer, Eddie Golga, Alan Jones, David Farmer

 
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Bye Bye BirminghamMy Oh My
 Single "A" side, from the album Strangers (1977) Single "B" side, from the album Nothing To Hide (1973)
Words and music: Tom Farmer, Eddie Golga, Alan Jones, David Farmer Words and music: Tom Farmer, Eddie Golga, Alan Jones, David Farmer

 




Blackfoot Sue - Bye Bye Birmingham - German issue
 
Messiah
Single "B" side, from the album Nothing To Hide (1973)
Words and music: Tom Farmer, Eddie Golga, Alan Jones, David Farmer

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You Need Love
 Single "A" side (1974)
Words and music: Tom Farmer, Eddie Golga, Alan Jones, David Farmer

 
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Moonshine
 Single "A" side (1975)
Words and music: Tom Farmer, Eddie Golga, Alan Jones, David Farmer

 
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Heartbeat Away
 From the album Running Hot (1986) - by Outside Edge
Words and music: David Farmer, Tom Farmer, Eddie Golga

 
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Red On Blue
 From the album Red On Blue (1998)
Words and music: David Farmer, Steve Turner, Tom Farmer

 
I dedicate this song to Cozy Powell, who died
in a car crash in April, 1998. R.I.P.
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Better Than Being In Love
 From the album Red On Blue (1998)
Words and music: David Farmer, Steve Turner, Tom Farmer

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