Hole in My Shoe

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"Hole in My Shoe"
Single by Traffic
B-side "Smiling Phases" (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood)
Released August 1967
Format 7", 45rpm
Genre Psychedelic pop
Length 2:52
Label Island WIP 6017
United Artists UA 50218
Writer(s) Dave Mason
Producer(s) Jimmy Miller
Traffic singles chronology
"Paper Sun"
"Hole in My Shoe"
"Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush"

"Hole in My Shoe" is a song by English rock band Traffic which as a single release reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart[1] and number 22 in the German charts, in 1967.[2] 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.[3]

The brief monologue, over the mellotron passage, is spoken by Francine Heimann, the stepdaughter of Island Records' owner Chris Blackwell.

Cover version[edit]

In the BBC sitcom The Young Ones, 'Neil', one of the principal characters, often sang a line from the song. Eventually, in July 1984, Nigel Planer who played Neil recorded a cover version of the song, which reached the same number 2 peak as the original.[4] His version featured Barbara Gaskin on backing vocals and was produced by Dave Stewart. [5]


  1. ^ Traffic in the UK Charts, The Official Charts. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  2. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Traffic / Single". Music Line (in German). Germany: Media Control Charts. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Black, Johnny (May 1997). Feature: Steve Winwood, Mojo.
  4. ^ "UK Charts - neil". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Neil - Hole in my shoe". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 

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