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.”

Cone Lady

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Ihave no idea who this woman is and why she is putting a cone on her head but it is quite funny and I would say qualifies her as a true Meff. If anyone knows why this person has a cone on her head – maybe it is a local custom or public holiday – we would love to know. Whoever you are and wherever you may be I would like to thank you for the amusement. Thanks.

The Beat Is Rhythm

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Ihave a pretty normal/average taste in music which tends to veer towards Rock/Pop. However, just lately I have discovered a few bands that have turned my head towards what is labelled as Jazz. Personally, I think it is a mix of Jazz/Bosa Nova/Latin and not always played on the kind of instruments you would associate with Jazz. The bands in question are The Bahama Soul Club, The Juju Orchestra and the band featured here; Club Des Belugas.