Annie

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Ronnie Lane wrote this song with his wife, Kate Lambert and his mate Eric Clapton. They wrote it at Fishpool Farm near Bishop’s Castle in Shropshire, England near the Welsh border. Annie was the Lane’s babysitter and lived down the road in an old cottage. She’d come around every evening around 6 o’clock, whether they needed her or not, and would help Kate out with the kids. Jack was another neighbour who was always at the farm. Eric wasn’t a great friend of Ronnie until he left The Faces and moved to Shropshire. He liked to visit them there as he was overcoming his battles with addiction. Pete Townshend was another visitor.

Fake Plastic Trees

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We like to think that Thom Yorke is a Meff. He is famous in the music industry for his severe mood swings and many observers think he does his best work when he has gone off at the deep end. “Fake Plastic Trees” seems to be a perfect example. “That was one of the worst days for me,” Yorke later reminisced about the song writing process. “I spent the first five or six hours at the studio just throwing a wobbly. I shouted at everyone, and then John Leckie sent everybody else away. He sat me down, and I did a guide vocal on ‘Fake Plastic Trees.’” Guitarist Johnny Greenwood added, “Thom played it in three takes then burst into tears afterward.”