Elton John, Don’t Ya Wanna Play This Game No More (Sartorial Eloquence) [Single] (1980)
When Oscar was about 18 months old and through until he was three or four I guess – Slow Boat Records was one of his favourite places (it probably still is, truth be told). But as a toddler he was allowed to take home singles for free from the 50c bin and he would be very specific in the moment. It would make absolute sense to him. He would have to have that one particular record. Then he’d come home and we’d play it and it might mean nothing to him at all. This was one such example; jettisoned immediately (as far as he was concerned). I’ve held onto this one, I cleaned it up and it plays just fine. I’m slightly more than a fairweather Elton John fan but it’s hard for me to care too much about what he did after 1976. There are some examples of a great song or two sneaking back into the line-up. And the albums from the early 80s are strong in my mind because those were the records my dad had. I’m not sure if he ever had 21 at 33, the parent album for the A- and B-sides here. But I think he possibly had it on cassette tape. At any rate these songs are quite good. Some of Elton’s better material from around this time. He was calling out for help in a lot of his songs around then. As he hit a rock-bottom in his life. And rebounded and worked towards conquering his addictions. And battling back against his trauma rather than just running from it. I’m not saying this is must-have/must-hear stuff by any stretch. But it’s a pretty fucking good 50c single (which we probably got for free actually).
Sample Track 1: (Side A): Don’t Ya Wanna Play This Game No More / Sartorial Eloquence
Sample Track 2: (Side B): Dear God
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