Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Welsh Wednesday #58

All I Wanna Do by The School

Some of you will know that Brian over at the magnificent Linear Tracking Lives is a big fan of The School. If you've still not taken his hints and investigated their poptastic tunes, think of them as like a kind of cross between Camera Obscura and Cinerama produced by Phil Spector. They are based in Cardiff and the cover of their latest album was shot in Kelly's, the wonderful record emporium where I've purchased a number of singles I've featured in the Vintage Vinyl series.

The picture above was shot in Cardiff's Roath Park. The clock tower in the background is a memorial to Captain Scott and his expedition to the Antarctic. You may not know that Scott and his crew not only had Cardiff connections, but that the expedition set sail from there.[1] The goose, as far as I'm aware, is neither a member of The School, nor connected to Scott. It is, however, one of many wonderful birds that frequent Roath Park all year round. Do pay them a visit if you're ever in the area.

Anyway, All I Wanna Do was The School's debut single released in 2008. It later featured on their debut album 'Loveless Unbeliever' in 2010. It's a great tune with some lovely backing vocals. I'm still in two minds what to do about this series at the moment, but with songs like this in the locker it really would be a shame to end it.

[1] If you're interested, you can read more here.


  1. I really like The School from what I've heard at Brian's place.Didn't know they were Welsh

  2. Brian's a bad influence, he's cost me a packet in the past few months! The School is just one of the acts that he's introduced me to. Damn that irresistible perfect pop music!

  3. Thanks for thinking of the School... and for the kind words. Yes, I love this band to pieces. I would recommend all three of their long players, especially Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything. To the Swede I would say that my wallet is a little lighter from reading your blog as well.

    So, Robster, I'm one of your fans that would hate to say goodbye to Welsh Wednesdays. Although I don't always comment, I have never missed an installment and continue to buy albums based on your posts, the most recent being the Gwenno album. Of course, you know what's best for Is This the Life? I will continue to visit no matter what you decide.

    1. Gwenno is also on my list -thanks to this series