Hole in My Shoe
|"Hole in My Shoe"|
|Single by Traffic|
|B-side||"Smiling Phases" (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood)|
|Label||Island WIP 6017
United Artists UA 50218
|Traffic singles chronology|
"Hole in My Shoe" is a song by Traffic which as a single release reached number 2 in the UK charts and number 22 in the German charts in 1967. Composed by guitarist Dave Mason, it was disliked by the other three members of the group, who felt that it did not represent the band's musical or lyrical style.
The brief monologue in the middle was spoken by a girl named Francine Heimann, the stepdaughter of Chris Blackwell.
In the sitcom The Young Ones, Neil, one of the principal characters, continually sang a recognisable line from "Hole In My Shoe". Eventually, in July 1984, Nigel Planer who played the role released a cover version of the song, which reached the same number 2 peak as the original. He also performed the song as Neil on the BBC show Top of the Pops, where he asked Paul Weller to "listen to the lyrics!". The single won "Best Comedy Single" at the 1985 Brit Awards during the days the event was called "The BPI Awards". The press saw the one-off award category as completely invented by the panel just for the single.
In 2013 Planer kept a copy of his version displayed in his flat, admitting "every now and then I still give the record a spin."
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