5 comments on “Bob Lind – Cheryl’s Goin’ Home

  1. Speaking of lo-fi goodness, have you heard the version by Les Sauterelles? I think you’ll like it.

  2. Thanks for posting that – I’d never heard Bob Lind’s version before, but knew the song as interpreted by John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett back in the late 70s/early 80s – it was an unforgettable highlight of their sets back then. You’re not far off with your statement, “It’s not hard to imagine a tune like ‘Cheryl’s Goin’ Home’, a little bit rougher, with a touch of lo-fi goodness, being beaten half to death…”
    youtubed evidence here:

    But wait there’s more! Looking for Otway information to cite on the internet, I came across the following review at the Trouser Press website:
    “In a mind-boggling leap of conceptual invention, Otway and performance poet Attila the Stockbroker (John Baine) managed to spring an entire theatrical entertainment from “Cheryl’s Goin’ Home,” the 1965 Bob Lind B-side that has been in Otway’s repertoire from the very start of his career. Creating a convoluted and calamitous saga of star-crossed romance, railroad fetishists and randy goats told from conflicting perspectives in narration (Attila) and song (Otway), the pair staged Cheryl in England and then recorded it. Owing more to Attila’s wickedly peevish rhymes than Otway’s fairly functional songs, Cheryl: A Rock Opera is a hysterical slash of radio-play silliness (à la Frank Sidebottom) about a gullible sap in love with a drug-addicted prostitute who finds yuppie success as a Conservative Party direct-mail marketing executive. (Or something like that.) A couple of nasal rap interludes (by “MC Trainspotter and the Platform 2 Live Crew”) are intrusively cloddish, but otherwise Cheryl is in the running as this generation’s truly off-Broadway Tommy.”

  3. Hi , The Cascades had a semi hit in 66′ of Cheryl’s Going Home backed with Truly Julie’s Blues if memory serves me well after all these years

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