This week in 1978

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Match­stalk Men and Match­stalk Cats and Dogs

(Lowry's Song) Brian and Michael 2 I Won­der Why Showad­dy­waddy 3 Baker Street Gerry Raf­ferty 4 If You Can't Give Me Love Suzi Qu­a­tro 5 De­nis (De­nee) Blondie 6 Never Let Her Slip Away Andrew Gold 7 Fol­low You Fol­low Me Gen­e­sis 8 Wuther­ing Heights Kate Bush 9 With A Lit­tle Luck Wings 10 Too Much, Too Lit­tle, Too Late Johnny Mathis and Deniece Wil­liams

‘Now Lowrys hang upon the wall Be­side the great­est of them all’


‘Match­stalk Men and Match­stalk Cats and Dogs’ was not an in­stant suc­cess, tak­ing over four months to get to num­ber one. But when it did, around Easter 1978, it was sell­ing 60,000 copies a day, and re­mains one of mu­sic’s most en­dur­ing one-hit won­ders. The song was writ­ten by Mick Cole­man as a trib­ute to the artist LS Lowry who is best known for his ur­ban land­scapes peo­pled with hu­man fig­ures of­ten re­ferred to as ‘match­stick men’ (see pic­ture). Lowry died, aged 88, two years be­fore ‘Match­stalk Men…’ made num­ber one. Mick Cole­man’s part­ner in ‘Brian and Michael’ was not a Brian, but a Kevin. Orig­i­nal group mem­ber Brian Burke quit a cou­ple of weeks af­ter ‘Match­stalk Men…’ was pressed, cit­ing ‘fam­ily rea­sons’. Cole­man then teamed up with old friend Kevin Par­rott (who had bor­rowed £1,000 to pro­duce the record) and they kept the name ‘Brian and Michael'. The sin­gle fea­tured the voices of St Winifred’s School Choir who had their own num­ber one hit with ‘There's No One Quite Like Grandma’ at Christ­mas in 1980. Cole­man and Par­rot never had an­other hit. They re­united in 2002 and con­tinue to per­form as ‘Brian and Michael’.

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