With Northern Ireland about to kick off their Euro 2016 fixtures this afternoon, what better way to get ready than to hear this classic piece of 1980’s pop from Ulster’s finest?
Definitely the best thing Feargal Sharkey recorded in his solo career and, in my view, right up there with the classics from his Undertones days.
Written for Sharkey by Benmont Tench (a founder member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), the song also features the unmistakeable sound of Keith Richards on guitar. Tricky to track down on iTunes or Spotify, Youtube comes up trumps!
Finding the names of the towns along Route 66 a little hard to relate to, Billy brings the song closer to home and to his native Essex. In the days before Sat Navs, this was how everyone used to remember the different routes across the UK ….
Featuring one of the greatest opening lines in the history of popular music:
If you ever have to go to Shoeburyness
Take the A road, the okay road, that’s the best
Go motoring on the A13
Originally recorded as part of a John Peel Session in 1983, two versions for you. The original Peel version and then a fantastic live version from Germany in 1985 with Billy explaining to the assembled the background to what they are about to hear!