Song of the Day, March 9: Alright Jack by Home Service

HomeServiceAlrightJackToday’s song introduced a strong new chapter from a group with deep roots together. When the Albion Band dissolved after their brilliant Rise Up Like the Sun, John Tams made the most of his experience co-producing that album and brought many of the musicians together for a new project. With old friend Bill Caddick added to the mix, the large group chose the name Home Service and began a long, sporadic career providing music for the BBC and the National Theatre. After a couple of recordings, Caddick departed. Tams and company regrouped for one of the band’s few studio albums — their finest moment — Alright Jack.

The title track kicks things off in fine style. It’s a stern rebuke of the Thatcherite “I’ve got mine” mentality, anchored by the warning “the higher you climb, the further you fall.” Tams is in fine voice, delivering his lyrics with building passion. The assembled company, with years of collaboration behind them, are a fine band, providing compelling harmonies and a flawless framework.

Enjoy this compelling song today.


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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