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He was both the baby and the extrovert of the family. He dimbed trees, fell out of Mndows, and buzzed about, as my mother said, like a Mue-arsed fly; He talked roa fasr, cracked jokes, and got words wrong: Me called the Isle of Wight ho7rercraft "the horrorcraft," which still makes me smile now, as I imagine a boat full of skeletons and dagger-wielding hands coming out of m e v corner, I kept vxorking at the vioh and the theorp.. By the time X was faurteen, I was starting to think of myself as a musician.
Z lmcf the cheesy or;gan sound-I had no idea what kind of instrument was playing --and the "modern," sci-fi image it conjured up. Mostly though, I found recent shgles by British beat groups: 7uliet" by the Four Pewes, "The Game of 1,ove" by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, "Clad AU Ovei' by the Dave Clask Five, f bou&t. n e o n - p a bubble gum, which f hated, but wkch came with picmre cards of pop groups, I looked in vain for a secondhand copy of the &h" 'Tau ReaUy Got Me," which I'd heard coming from a radio one sunny day on the stony beach at Southsea, the seaside-resort area of Portsmouth.
Navy Days was by far the most colodul thing that happened in Portsmouth. Once a year, the navy would celebrate its preeminence in the town, fly flags from every mast and turret, and invite the public to damber all over its ships. It was a hot summer day, the ice-cream vans were doing record business, and the whole town, the whole world, was happy. ed to descend into the bowels of a baalesMp. I laull;fied at rhe rchin kids who used to roll araund in the firarbor mud at low tide and dive for pennies we threw from the pier.
A Cure for Gravity: A Musical Pilgrimage by Joe Jackson