I really didn’t know if this was my favourite ‘Gurge song, because I’m pretty partial to Superstraight and Happiness and (of course) Blubber Boy, but this has the best story, so in it goes. When I moved to London I was working at AIG, and there were four of us in the City Claims Unit running all the interesting European claims for the company: we sat in a square with brokers having to sit in the middle, knowing that they were really broking to all four.
The brokers hated it, of course, and we used to joke about making someone cry. And we probably weren’t joking. Of those 4, one is now the global head of property for AIG, another is the European head of claims for Chubb, another is European head of claims for Zurich, and one of them is not.
But anyway, big Martin was a 6’4” chunk of Essex beef, who used entertaining sayings to me like “I bet your nose would break a treat”, and who got a formal warning for farting too much in the office. I loved him, of course. And he must have picked up my Walkman or something one day, because all of a sudden he started singing this song over and over, which in itself is pretty ironic. And now, whenever I hear this song, I can’t help but think of the guy who introduced me to The Crocodile Hunter (“you’ve got to watch his show: he’s proper mental”) repeating I Like Repetitive Music on a loop, and smiling like a little boy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB2G2mM6OMM