Jeff Parsons

When Jeff first came to Loudhailer Acoustic he amazed the audience with his fabulous upside down left handed guitar style and entertained us with songs from back in the 70s, inspired by his years in London with Dead Fingers Talk. He has great tales of recording with Mick Ronson, picking up a hitchhiking Genesis P Orridge, and hanging out with Soo Catwoman & Adam Ant. Then one day he came to Loudhailer Acoustic with a brand new song – and since then has had a song writing renaissance with dozens of new compositions, many of them challenging the norm with plenty of social comment and food for thought.

Jeff Parsons

My Hull Story

I first came to Hull in 1964, when my family moved to North Ferriby due to my dad’s promotion. He was a reporter and worked for the Yorkshire Post in Sheffield but was given the job of chief reporter which necessitated a move to the East Riding.

I remember being sad to leave my friends and family in Rotherham but quickly adjusted to life in Hull, despite the strange way everyone but me spoke! Or should I say sperk!

I was twelve when we moved to Hull (I always told people we lived in Hull, not North Ferriby, although some people would say Ferriby is a million miles from Hull) so I spent my formative years here until I moved to London in 1977 with my band, Dead Fingers Talk.

I came back in 1990 when my dad was terminally ill and the marriage I’d made down south was falling apart.

My first memories of Hull are driving into town from Ferriby down Hessle Road and seeing two women fighting outside a pub; they both had each other by the hair and were trying to kick each other with their stiletto heels! The amazing mosaic on the front of what was then the co-op was like nothing I’d ever seen before.

I always loved music so when I could start going to gigs I did so avidly; the first big gig I went to was Jethro Tull at the Locarno Ballroom, later Tiffany’s and now sadly gone. I also saw Pink Floyd at the Lawns, Family at Hull Uni, John Mayall, Edgar Broughton, Wishbone Ash, The Who at Hull City Hall (front row!) and Be-Bop Deluxe at the Duke of Cumberland, my local in North Ferriby, on many occasions.

And of course, I played a few gigs of my own with bands such as Bone, Arena and Dead Fingers Talk – I remember playing at what was the Technical College (now Hull College), East Park, West Park, Brickhouse, Gondola, Blind Institute, Hull Arts Centre (before it became Spring Street Theatre), Tiffany’s, Bailey’s and in 1978 New Theatre, to a packed house and an album on a major label in the shops!

Most of the important things one does when growing up I did in Hull; first record (I’m A Boy by The Who – bought from Sydney Scarborough!), first pint in a pub (under age, of course), first love etc etc. They were happy days in the main and I wouldn’t change any of it.

 

The Good Old Record Shops of Hull

The Good Old Record Shops Of Hull (19/10/15)

September 1966 and all my dreams came true
I bought my first record; I’m A Boy by The Who
It came from Sydney Scarborough, under the city hall
It cost a full week’s pocket money but I didn’t mind at all

Next week I went to Hammond’s and up there on the third floor
Just across from the Picadish, what do you think I saw?
Guitars and drums and amplifiers at the top of the escalator
And that amazing record department; more about that later

Oh the good old record shops of Hull
I wish they were still there
The good old record shops of Hull
It still seems so unfair
The good old record shops of Hull
They were bursting at the seams
The good old record shops of Hull
Purveying vinyl dreams

So then each week I’d go to town to add to my collection
Sometimes it was quite difficult to make the right selection
I made sure I got everything that The Who had then released
You’d be surprised at the rate of knots by which my discs increased

It soon became a ritual to get the bus to Hull
My mum thought I would never stop until the house was full
And pretty soon I could afford to splash out on LPs
12” double gatefold sleeves, just take a look at these!

Chorus

If Sydney hasn’t got it, well then it’s round to South Street
To Stardisc and then Gough and Davy, it’s a good job I’m light on my feet
For I must check out every shop, before it’s closing time
To miss out on a bargain, well, now that would be a crime

So off again to Hammond’s to seek the third floor treasure
The shop assistants see me coming; now they’ve got my measure
Look at this, fresh in today, Love’s Forever Changes
Being such a music fan, for my pocket, has its dangers!

Chorus

The family’s going to the flicks to see The Sound Of Music
I don’t want to go, but that money, I could use it
So rather than sit in the cinema listening to those sugary tunes
I bought The Great Banana Hoax by The Electric Prunes (in Hammonds!)

Chorus

[spoken]

Sydney Scarborough – under the city hall
Stardisc – South Street
Stardisc – Hepworth Arcade
Gough and Davy – Saville Street
Shakespeare Brothers – Paragon Station
And the daddy of them all – Hammond’s record department – third floor heaven!

Chorus

© 2015 Jeff Parsons

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