1 April 2008

The Tages - She's Having a Baby



Label: Parlaphone
Year of issue: 1967


She's Having a Baby now/ Well, that's the way it often goes...

The Tages were, of course, huge stars in their native Sweden and indeed reasonably well known in the sixties throughout Scandinavia as a whole, but the cheeky mod heart throbs never did do the business back in the UK. Perhaps this single might have been a hit had it not been banned by the BBC for making teenage girls having babies its central subject matter. Auntie Beeb was not quite ready for the discussion of such things on the airwaves, least of all to jolly pop tunes. The jokey "Band trash their equipment" video clip above appears to have little to do with the song's subject matter.

Since this debacle they've become slightly better known outside of their home country for appearing on the Nuggets II box set with the likeable, Beach Boys-esque "I Read You Like An Open Book".

Now, if somebody can upload the 15 minute film clip of Icelandic mod band Thor's Hammer doing the Umbarumbamba EP from start to finish, I can presumably die happy...

4 comments:

Paperback Tourist said...

Here's Amon Düül II doing the medley from 'Yeti' instead:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8vMOZrSCWM&feature=related

Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt seems to be playing drums.

Roman Empress said...

The video is like a seriously weird Knut Hamsun short story.

23 Daves said...

I can't say I've read any Knut Hamsun, actually, but I'm glad you managed to get any sort of narrative from the video at all. I can't work out what the point of it is supposed to be, or whether it's a promo video or a clip from a TV series. It might help if I could talk Swedish, of course.

Roman Empress said...

He's Danish born, Norwegian writing, but very surreal, no doubt an influence on Bergman. Now there's a dead Swede I'm sure had some influence in this vid. Good song.