Powerpop Friday – The Records – Starry Eyes

Every Friday I’m going to attempt to live up to the blog’s name and post a few powerpop songs…by known and unknown artists. So get ready for jangly guitars, harmonizing vocals, and more pop hooks than you can shake a stick at.

The Records were an English powerpop band formed in 1978. This song peaked at #59 in the Billboard 100 in 1979. The song was off their debut album Shades in Bed. The band included John Wicks – rhythm guitar, vocals, Huw Gower – lead guitar, vocals, Phil Brown – bass guitar, vocals, and Will Birch – drums, vocals.

Starry Nights would end up being their best-known song. Robert John “Mutt” Lange produced this album for the Records. The Records split up in 1982 but John Wicks went on to success working with other artists. The songs of Wicks and his lyricist partner, Will Birch, have been recorded by The Searchers, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Too Much Joy, Michael Monroe, and numerous other artists…a great powerpop song.

 

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Starry Eyes

While you were off in France, we were stranded in the British Isles
Left to fall apart amongst your passports and your files
We never asked for miracles, but they were our concern
Did you really think we’d sit it out and wait for your return?

I don’t want to argue, I ain’t gonna budge
Won’t you take this number down
Before you call up the judge?
I don’t want to argue, there’s nothing to say
Get me out of your starry eyes and be on your way

While you were on the beach
Were you dreaming all about your share?
Planning to invest it all to cover wear and tear?
We paid for all the phone calls, the money’s off the shelf
Don’t you know that while you’re gone away
I’ve got to help myself?

I don’t want to argue, I ain’t gonna budge
Won’t you take this number down
Before you call up the judge?
I don’t want to argue, there’s nothing to say
Get me out of your starry eyes and be on your way

While you were in the pool
We were meeting with the boys upstairs
Talking to the money men and carrying out affairs
We had no time for cocktails or working up a tan
The boys have all been spoken to
The writ has hit the fan

So I don’t want to argue, I ain’t gonna budge
Won’t you take this number down
Before you call up the judge?
‘Cause I don’t want to argue, there’s nothing to say
Get me out of your starry eyes and be on your way

No I don’t want to argue, there’s nothing to say
Just get me out of your starry eyes and be on your way
You get me out of your starry eyes and be on your way

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

20 thoughts on “Powerpop Friday – The Records – Starry Eyes”

  1. This always seemed like a copycat song to me. Or maybe this was the one others copied. Considering the dates, this may be the earlier one. I definitely hear the Friends theme in here. Anyway, it’s a catchy and fun song.

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    1. It does have that sound or the other way around. Those jangly guitars get to me. I do like the Friends theme…that is what made me watcch the show.

      I do have a TV theme coming up next… well they used it as the theme.

      The story of power pop groups are not usually good. They seem to have one album and done or struggle hard to make it. A few like The Cars and Tom Petty break through.

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      1. That seems right about the power pop groups. They show up and make a splash and then they’re gone. I hadn’t thought about Tom Petty being in that category, but yes I can see some of his early stuff as a fit.

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      2. There are alot out there now but the masses never hear of them.

        The ones I really like of course was Badfinger, Raspberries, and Big Star…they had more influence than success… Badfinger and The Raspberries had some…Big Star none.

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      3. No I agree with you. They claimed punk but that didn’t last long…you can tell they were inluenced by the genre.

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      4. I’m glad you got to it. I saw it last week, and really enjoyed the music and the humor. The dialogue made me laugh a lot more than I thought it would. The lead actor had great sense of timing for delivering funny lines. I think I also saw that he was the actual singer of the songs. He’s talented!

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      5. He is very talented…You could tell he felt guilty through most of it so you were on his side. The Lennon scene got to me I will admit. They didn’t overplay it or make it too jokey which was good. I read where Ringo loved it.

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      6. The Lennon scene was interesting for sure. I didn’t know Ringo had given his thoughts on it. That’s great! I loved that they filmed on location in Liverpool and other real locations in England. But they didn’t mention the Cavern Club. They could have easily visited the club with it showing no mention of the Beatles. It was interesting how they drew the line between what places and memories carried forward and what was forgotten.

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      7. I never thought of that but that would have been great with the Cavern Club since they were in Liverpool.
        I read where all four Beatles were going to be in it with the first script…that would have been overkill.
        Coke, Cigarettes, and Harry Potter… and of course Oasis.

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      8. The Harry Potter bit at the end was great. And “It’s not Coldplay. It’s not ‘Fix You’.” Haha! (I love that song, too.) Ed Sheeran had a bigger part than I was expecting. I enjoyed his character. I agree that having all of the Beatles would have been overkill. They did that exactly right, imo.

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      9. Yes I didn’t even know Ed Sheeran was going to be in there. I thought he would exit soon also. I did think he was going to wake up from hitting the bus and it all was going to be a dream.
        The two Beatle fans were great…how they got all excited over finding someone else that knew.

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      10. I liked the Beatle fans, too. I was worried there was going to be a confrontation, and then it was all good. 🙂 It was neat how they used the little yellow sub.

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  2. Quite a good song- I know I’ve heard it somewhere before, maybe radio bacck in the day, but can’t really place it. Good sound though! And good idea for your Friday theme

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    1. I was thinking that maybe you had heard of it…havent you wrote something or mentioned John Wicks before? When I saw his name you came to my mind…Maybe I’m just out there lol.

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      1. it’s quite possible I’ve come across his name before but can’t say I remember it right now. Sometimes it’s hard to keep all the names of the lesser-known acts straight

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