I’m Just A Singer In A Rock And Roll Band

That’s enough to get you arrested in the Soviet Union…

Are you terrified at what might await you on this dreaded Monday the 13th?  Well, throw those silly superstitions over your shoulder, because The Nest has the perfect earworm to drive the bad spirits away!  This is the day each week we check under the ladder for another lost hit that suffered more than seven years of forgotten luck out of that creepy basement full of old wives tales we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy assures you there are no Satanic messages in any of the records she plays backwards, while the Sponkies stay busy petting a black cat.  You’ll want to cross your ears for good luck…

The name Paul Carrack may not immediately spring to your mind when you think of some of the most popular musicians to ever haunt your radio.  But if you listened to rock back in the 70’s and 80’s, you’ve certainly heard his voice before.  Carrack may well be one of the most anonymously prolific lead singers ever…

You know that song ‘How Long” by a group called Ace?  He sang that!

How long has this been going on?

Squeeze’s best known hit in America, “Tempted.”  Yep, he sang that too!

Tempted by the fruit of another!

You know Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford’s side project, Mike + The Mechanics?  He sang a few of their biggest hits in the late 80’s…

Never forget to say you love someone in the living years…

And on top of being the lead singer on the best known songs for three different rock groups, he also had a pretty damn good solo hit in 1987…

“Don’t Shed A Tear” made it up to #9 on the US Hot 100.  And though Paul finally had a hit song that he could proudly put only his name on, it pretty quickly became one of the forgotten hits of the 80’s, and (despite the title) that’s a crying shame.  Kind of a crappy fate for a guy that the BBC dubbed “The Man With The Golden Voice,” and who Phil Collins once proclaimed could “sing the telephone book”….

WTF is a telephone book!?!?

Let your ears do the walking with another lost hit next Monday!


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9 Responses to I’m Just A Singer In A Rock And Roll Band

  1. I really REALLY liked “How Long” – the guy has a great voice and can handle a range of vocal styles………don’t think I’ve EVER heard his single though. Anyway, I agree with Phil Collins – Mr. Carrack could definitely sing the phone book – upside down and backwards even.


    • Yep! And even that sleazy repair place that gave itself a name that started with five A’s so it was guaranteed to be listed first in the directory! It’d roll right off the tongue…

  2. I had no idea Carrack was the voice behind so many groups! Fascinating. Another great Monday tune.

    • I was shocked when I found out about that a while back. I knew Carrack’s solo hit and all of those other songs, but never connected him to those groups. John Waite kinda had a similar career right down to being a solo one hit wonder!

  3. Willow Croft says:

    Ohhh, yeah, I remember this… (of course!)

  4. Juliette says:

    Damn. Paul Carrack has such a beautiful voice. I’ve always loved his work. Thank you for this wonderful choice and for starting out the week in such a lovely way.

  5. draliman says:

    You tempt me with one song in the post title. Another with a picture of the best of Soviet Russia. Then we get a song by some bloke called Paul.
    The chorus was quite catchy. And I enjoyed watching the woman running up the beach or wherever she was.

    • You never know what you’re going to get for the DVA until you get to the video. Sadly, I hear the woman on the beach is already spoken for. Something about being with a guy who proclaims himself to be Alyans #1 fan…

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