Song of the Day, March 7: Second Choice by Any Trouble

AnyTroubleSecondToday’s song is Second Choice by Any Trouble. In a just world, this quartet from Manchester should have been huge. Led by singer and principle songwriter Clive Gregson, they featured witty, literate lyrics and acerbic observations. With a keen sense of music history and a knack for tight, clean, post-punk playing they made wonderful songs that ranged from angry rants to disappointed love songs to whimsical observations. They fit nicely in the Elvis Costello / Joe Jackson mold with their own distictive twist, but somehow never quite caught the wave of approval.

Taken from their debut album, the glorious Where Are All the Nice Girls?, this was their only single to make much of a dent. With a charmingly low budget video that nicely showcases the band, it got some rotation on MTV and a bit of airplay but barely bubbled under the Hot 100 at #108. It’s a great song of frustration, even in the face of low expectations. With Gregson singing disarmingly about the discovery that he simply can’t come in first, the band chug along nicely, providing a great pop backing for the resigned but energetic vocals.

A simple life is all I need Two shots of fantasy and one of make-believe I never tried too hard to make this succeed You’re the only one I need I never felt the need to cry or rejoice I never felt the need to raise my voice I only wanted to be one of the boys Now you made me second choice

Enjoy this delightful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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