Eighteen With A Bullet by Pete Wingfield (Island, 1975)

One of the more cleverly written pop songs to make the Top 20 in the 70s was this 45 from keyboardist, Pete Wingfield. Using his background as a journalist he uses music industry lingo as a double entendre to pick up some chic or at least someone who reads Cashbox magazine. For those who need explanation, when a song is on the charts at a certain position ‘with a bullet’, that means it has the most potential to keep growing and climbing up the survey. Part of its appeal also stems from the fact that the songs was recorded in a doo-wop style. With 50s nostalgia picking up steam, it’s no wonder that Billboard Magazine stated on November 22, 1975. Eighteen With A Bullet is at 18, with a bullet.

Pete would go to play in the Olympic Runners and produce and session with many artists, including Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, The Pasadenas, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, The Proclaimers and many others.

My favorite line in the whole song has to be “Be my A-side baby. Be B-side me.”

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