Well, it seems I have caused a small ripple amongst my friends in Blogland with my last post. This is the kind of thing that goes into pub trivia quizzes, and as Davy astutely points out, it’s just trainspotting. He is absolutely right on another score: it is stated at various places on the Internet (including here) that John played Atmosphere the day after Ian committed suicide, but that doesn’t make it true.
Well, I have to confess, I haven’t read Deborah Curtis’ book, and I wasn’t listening when the programme was broadcast, so, to redress the balance and keep everyone happy (and let Davy spend the day happily with his locomotives and fish sarnies-although I prefer ham and cheese myself), here is the 1980 FF#20, 1981 FF #5,1982 All-Time FF #4, and 2000 All-Time FF #15, New Dawn Fades. Anorak facts here. Deborah Curtis said in ‘Touching From A Distance’ (somebody else’s quote from here):
After pondering over the words to New Dawn Fades, I broached the subject with Ian, trying to make him confirm that they were only lyrics and bore no resemblance to his true feelings. It was a one-sided conversation. He refused to confirm or deny any of the points raised and he walked out of the house. I was left questioning myself instead, but did not feel close enough to anyone else to voice my fears.
No doubt she was pondering words such as ‘A loaded gun won’t set you free…The strain’s too much, can’t take much more…Hoping for something else’.
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