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Uploaded on Sep 8, 2009
The first track of former Clash drummer Topper Headon's solo 1986 solo album Waking Up. Recorded during Headon's heroin addiction, which many of the songs deal with, the album is a curious mix of soul, jazz, funk and R&B. Headon gets excellent help from old Clash buddy and Blockheads member Mickey Gallagher on keyboards, Bobby Trench on lead guitar and Jimmy Helms supplying the vocals. I don't know if the album is available anywhere at all these days, but if you see it, I'd say it's definitely worth a few bucks. Nothing particulary exciting, but certainly enjoyable and professional work. The album was dedicated to the memory of late Pretenders guitarist Pete Farndon, whom Headon was planning to start a group with after his dismissal from The Clash. This particular song a poppy funker with nice vocal work and organ work, even the lyrics are subpar to the rest of the album.