Too Much Too Young

In Memoriam: John “Brad” Bradbury 
(16 February 1953 – 28 December 2015)

You’ve done too much, much too young
Now you’re married with a kid when you could be having fun with me
(Oh no, no gimme no more pickni…)
You’ve done too much, much too young
Now you’re married with a son when you should be having fun with me
(We don’t want, we don’t want, we don’t want no more pickni)
Ain’t he cute? No he ain’t / He’s just another burden on the welfare state…
You’ve done too much, much too young
Now you’re married with a kid when you could be having fun with me
(No gimme, no gimme, no gimme no more pickni)
Call me immature / Call me a poser
I’d love to spread manure in your bed of roses
Don’t want to be rich / Don’t want to be famous
But I’d really hate to have the same name as you
You’ve done too much, much too young
Now you’re married with a kid when you could be having fun with me…
(Gi we de birth control, we no want no pickni)
You’ve done too much, much too young
Now you’re chained to the cooker making currant buns for tea
(Oh no, no gimme no more pickni)
Ain’t you heard of the starving millions / Ain’t you heard of contraception
Do you really a program of sterilization / Take control of the population boom
It’s in your living roomKeep a generation gap / Try wearing a cap!

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29 comments on “Too Much Too Young

  1. This one is fun. Makes me think of “I Wanna be Sedated”. This is Ska? It’s sort of Punk but slower. lol!

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  2. Wally Fry says:

    Andrew, you are one of a small group of bloggers who are really expanding my musical horizons, thanks!

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    • Andrew says:

      My blog is like a time-capsule of all my favorite music and poetry. Thanks for commenting Wally. There are also some excellent Christian Ska bands out there…

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      • Wally Fry says:

        I used to be a big No Doubt fan, and they started as a Ska Band really. I’m rather a rock and roller, or was I guess. Love some good Southern Blues, too. Mostly listen to Gospel now LOL.

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      • Andrew says:

        Wally, there is a fantastic Christian ska band called the Supertones. They are from that same 1990’s Orange County wave of No Doubt. Their sound is a bit new-school for me but I like the lyrics and energy:

        There is also a large Christian (not Rasta) Reggae genre now.

        I love Gospel Bluegrass and old-school Country/Western as much or more than Rock and Reggae. They are so different.

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      • Wally Fry says:

        Hey Andrew, thanks for that. Checked them out…interesting! I love some Gospel Bluegrass as well. Best concert I ever saw was Allison Krauss and Union Station. What a band that was.

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      • Andrew says:

        I love the album “Trio” with Dolly P, Emmy Lou, and Linda Ronstadt. Any traditional Bluegrass Gospel is uplifting.
        I have a hard time appreciating non-traditional (so-called “Newgrass”).

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      • Wally Fry says:

        That was a good album! And thanks for saying Emmy-Lou Harris! The other day there was a lady on TV who looked like her, and I couldn’t place who it was she looked like!

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      • Andrew says:

        Emmy Lou has aged magnificently.
        Her face and voice as lovely as ever.

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      • Wally Fry says:

        I noticed you had seen her live..how cool. I bet it was good. I like Linda Rondstadt too…Dolly…eh..not so much but she’s ok. But they sound good together for sure.

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  3. madblog says:

    Always loved the Specials. Sad to hear. (Although the substance of this one is a bit off for me…)

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    • Andrew says:

      How off ? I’m interested in your viewpoint.

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      • madblog says:

        Oh. Well. Remember you asked.

        I do understand the perspective in the context of the song: the speaker thinks his friend has traded away all the good stuff of life for becoming a family man too young…but you have to admit he paints a pretty cynical and ugly picture of that family life. And I can certainly see that’s how such a guy would see it.

        Population control, “wearing a cap” to prevent the horrors of childbearing, the cheapening of little human lives, seeing people as breeders, seeing the gift of children as a bad “option”…all that stuff is so contrary to my thoughts. God has designed this perfect thing called the family and we turn every positive thing about it into a negative. That’s it in a nutshell. I will be expounding on it more in the future.

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      • Andrew says:

        I agree with your astute analysis here.
        And yet…
        as a social worker I see the human tragicomedy in a very cynical light.

        Jesus, in spite of it all, is still Lord.

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  4. madblog says:

    I have this album (record album) from when it was new and current. Used to dance to it in the clubs of Philly.

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  5. madblog says:

    We were practically neighbors. I grew up a few miles from there but closer to the airport. Small world. Were you around in the late 70’s/early 80’s?

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    • Andrew says:

      I lived in Philly for only my first year – but my parents moved to Cambridge MA. I returned there often to visit my grandparents throughout the late 60’s & 70’s.

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      • madblog says:

        I see. I however have remained here all my life. I attended art school (and listening to bands in clubs of the new wave era) in the years I mentioned.
        We may have crossed paths!

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      • Andrew says:

        Did you attend the same school where Camille Paglia is a lecturer?

        I also went to some clubs and live shows during the late 70’s – 80’s.
        I bet we saw some of the same bands.

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      • madblog says:

        Yes I did, though she wasn’t there yet when I was there.
        I bet we did! Most of them have faded to obscurity, in my memory as well. So many of them were art students having a fling with /new wave and didn’t last too long.
        Did you see anyone notable in those days?

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      • Andrew says:

        I had fun making a list of all the live bands I attended. In fact, I believe it was after talking with you about Roxy Music that I decided to try to recall and list every live show. (pop/rock/reggae only)

        Usha Mangeshkar 1977 Nairobi
        Foreigner 1978 Boston Garden
        Boston 1979 Boston Garden
        Santana 1979 Boston Garden
        Joe Jackson 1979 Berklee School
        999/J.Thunders 1981 NYC
        English Beat 1982 Denver
        BowWowWow 1982 Boston- Channel
        The Clash 1983
        Talking Heads 1983
        Franco & TPOK 1983 NYC
        Yellowman 1983 NYC
        The Cure 1983 NYC
        Troublefunk 1983 NYC Danceteria
        Getz/Gilberto 1983 NYC S.O.B
        Elvis Costello 1984 Montpellier FR
        Siouxsie 1984 Boston Orpheum
        Mutabaruka 1985 Denver
        Gil Scott-H. 1986 Denver
        Emmy-Lou Harris 1987 Boston
        Judy Mowatt 1989 Portland ME
        Pato Banton 1990 Durango CO
        Culture 1990 Co.Spgs CO

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      • madblog says:

        A nice list!! Thanks. I envy your Siouxsie, I saw Talking Heads twice.
        I’ll have to make my list, though my memory for when/where going all the way back is not going to be easy. I have 78-83 then 2010 to the present with not much in between!

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  6. madblog says:

    A not exhaustive list from the earlier years: The Pretenders/ T. Heads 2x/ Adam and the Ants 2x/ B-52s/ Iggy Pop/ Roxy Music (May 1983, the Tower, Philadelphia– opening band Modern English)/ Stray Cats/ League of Gentlemen with Robert Fripp/ Bowie/ Harry Chapin/ Renaissance (that’s going way back!)…plus a host of club bands which were mostly unmemorable.

    1999: DC Talk
    2005: Kevin Max

    Starting in 2010: The B-52s/ Switchfoot 5x/ Fiction Family/ The Lone Bellow 3x/ Muse/ The Aquabats 2x/ John Mark McMillan/ Family Force 5 2x/ Danzig/ Nine Inch Nails (Soundgarden opening)/ Needtobreathe/ Nickel Creek (The Tower)/ Bryan Ferry (October 2014 the Tower)/ Punch Brothers.

    I have tickets to see The Kills in April and Muse at the end of January.

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  7. Andrew says:

    [ B-52s/ Iggy Pop/ Roxy Music ]
    these are also favorites of mine; Roxy is in a class by themselves.
    Interesting that you saw Adam & the Ants while I saw Bow Wow Wow – did you like that band?

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  8. madblog says:

    Bow Wow Wow was interesting. I think I saw them as an off-shoot of Adam and the Ants. The Ants had a really fun show with choreographed dancing in the time of just post-punk. They were unique.
    Iggy was funny. Roxy is in a class of their own. I would have seen them many more times if I had had the opportunity.
    I have posts about some of these concerts in my “Live Music Log” category, fyi.

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