Graham Reid | | <1 min read
Lewie was in his early 30s when Stiff picked him up (Rachel Sweet was 17) and he'd already had his career: he'd played boogie woogie piano in jazz bands as a teenager, toured in a band which supported Derek and the Dominoes, and with Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts enjoyed a hit with Lewie's Seaside Shuffle under the name Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs.
And then after a few years in the wilderness he was picked up by Stiff for an album (On the Other Hand There's a Fist) which sprung this one-off wonder of cheap synth-pop.
After that his career was wayward to say the least: his song Stop the Cavalry was big in Britain (see clip) but just about everything else he did either failed, or charted in a foreign territory.
Lewie is still performing but he never quite captured the moment as well as on this droll single.
Stiff believed everyone had one hit single in them.
In a way they were right.
For more oddities, one-offs or songs with a backstory see From the Vaults.