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Mondeo Pop Month: The Korgis – Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime

Released: May 1980

UK chart position: #5

From the album: Dumb Waiters

I only found out a few weeks back that “I’m Free”, The Soup Dragons’ mid-1990-defining slice of baggy mediocrity, was actually a cover of a Rolling Stones song. This may be a common blindspot for anyone who was between the ages of, say, five and 12 in 1990, where “love me, hold me, love me, hold me…” doesn’t signify a wild and shirtless young Jagger, but rather four Mary Whitehouse Experience lookin’ boys with curtain fringes lipsynching on Going Live.

And maybe the same generation had, for a while, the same problem with “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometimes”. Maybe it’s just me, maybe the time I slowly became aware of music from before my generation (say, 1997), this song’s 2:33pm playings on local radio were accompanied by “Wait, I don’t remember the chick from Baby D having that deep a voice” solely as a result of my ignorance and weren’t indicative of any greater concerns. Who knows?

What’s always struck me about this song is how polite it is. “Got To” rather than” Gotta”, for a song that was released when punk and new wave were perfectly acceptable chart concerns, always seemed to be the sign of a band who really wanted to mark themselves out as mature.

We’ve gone over the need for maturity and a rejection of the values of youth in Mondeo Pop before, but it may be worth reiterating with regards to The Korgis: the frontman and guitarist of whom were both formerly members of Stackridge, a band who peddled that most maligned of adult genres: prog. It’s not too hard to imagine that, when they split Stackridge in 1977, bloodied and battered from the assaults of punk and disco, they decided to pay the mortgage off with something that would have no real appeal to the flared and bondage trousered massifs. The Korgis even come from a time before you could wear jeans with a shirt to work.

It’s hard to imagine a greater lowbeat track than this though, mournful and dour and with very little hope. And if you want very little hope, you can always try and hunt down covers of this song by the following artists: Beck, Zucchero, Ginger from The Wildhearts, Glasvegas. What a gang.

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  1. dj
    October 9, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Did your parents not used to castigate you about how terrible the Soup Dragons’ and Candyflip’s versions of I’m Free and Strawberry Fields were in comparison to the originals?

  2. Dom Passantino
    October 9, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    The Rolling Stones and mid-period Beatles would have been far too dangerous for my mother (her favourite bands: The Monkees, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Everley Brothers), whilst my father only listened to Italian rock n roll, so maybe if he’d heard Mike Patton’s cover of “24,000 Baci” he’d have been radge, but that didn’t get much radio play.

  3. Gerry Prewett
    October 10, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Hey Stackridge have reformed and have just released a very mature album, “A Victory For Common Sense”, more like a victory for bloody good music, released on Helium records, seek it out yu won;t be disappoined, it is brilliant.

  4. Mighty Mike
    October 10, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    The Korgis story is an interesting one. Andy Davis & James Warren , exhausted from years on the road with their original band Stackridge, which had earned them much critical acclaim , a large “cult” following but no financial reward, embarked on a project to create pop songs that were memorable & commercially successful. Memorable these songs were , they are staples of airplay in the UK & “Everybody ” has been covered by many noteable artists. Sadly the duo were screwed by their label ( same old story) & the financial rewards were not as they should have been. Lesser beings might have given up at that point, but not theses two. They carried on writing great music in almost obscurity. Now in “middle age” they amazingly have indeed embarked on the reformed Stackridge project with them plus two other original members. Gigging up & down the UK, this time around they do seem to be gaining the recognition they have always deserved, as two of the greatest writers, ever in the history of pop music. Taking an 8 piece band on the road is an expensive proposition so the money is still not exactly rolling in ,one supposes, but you know what ? Maybe this time round it will work, especially if the rest of the World invites them to bring their show to a stage near you. ….and yes they still perform that song in their live set to standing ovations. Now that really is “mature”.

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