Richard & Linda Thompson

Hokey Pokey (2020 Reissue)

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Richard and Linda’s 2nd LP from 1974 is now pressed on 180gram vinyl and contains a Download Code.

Released in 1975, ‘Hokey Pokey’ is a much jollier release than its predecessor, ’I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight’.

Richard always envisaged Hokey Pokey’ as “a music-hall influenced record”. He was a big fan of Harry Lauder and Gracie Fields, and this inspiration can be seen in the Victorian style cover by Shirt Sleeve Studio, and is audible on the title track, “”Hokey Pokey”” and also ‘Georgie On A Spree’.

Richard and Linda’s 2nd album together is a mixture of darkly comic songs like “Smiffy’s Glass Eye” and the more world weary nature of ‘I’ll Regret It All In The Morning” and “A Heart Needs A Home”. There are also more sombre songs such as ‘The Egypt Room” which Richard described as “half way between The Coasters ‘Little Egypt’, George Formby, and Dickens by way of Patricia Highsmith”.

Hokey Pokey (The Ice Cream Song)
I'll Regret It All In The Morning
Smiffy's Glass Eye
The Egypt Room
Never Again
Georgie On A Spree
Old Man Inside A Young Man
The Sun Never Shines On The Poor
A Heart Needs A Home
Mole In A Hole