1974 pop – still learning

I really can’t remember what possessed me to buy Counterfeit EP by Martin Gore in a Bristol record shop some time back. Especially as I was unaware of Martin Gore’s connection with Depeche Mode. It’s good, and I remember appreciating Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth. As a vinyl EP it doesn’t get much airplay so I’d sort-of forgotten it

I hadn’t spotted the significance of the Counterfeit title, and as far as I was concerned there were no other versions – a perspective that changed during this Saturday’s Pick of the Pops, which included the Sparks original from 1974. So proving this programme’s educational value yet again – although I am surprised still to be learning from the mid ’70s

As is often the way I prefer the cover to just-discovered original.

When she’s on her best behaviour
Dont be tempted by her favours
Never turn your back on mother earth
Towns are hurled from A to B
By hands that looked so smooth to me
Never turn your back on mother earth
Grasp at straws that dont want grasping
Gaze at clouds that come down crashing
Never turn your back on mother earth
Three days and two nights away from my friends
Amen to anything that brings a quick return to my friends
To my friends
Never turn your back on mother earth
I’ll admit I was unfaithful
But from now I’ll be more faithful
Never turn your back on mother
Never turn your back on mother
Never turn your back on mother earth

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