Hole in My Shoe

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"Hole in My Shoe"
Single by Traffic
B-side"Smiling Phases" (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood)
ReleasedAugust 1967
Format7", 45rpm
GenrePsychedelic rock
LabelIsland WIP 6017
United Artists UA 50218
Songwriter(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] number 22 in the German charts,[2] and number 4 in Canada[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] His version featured Barbara Gaskin on backing vocals and was produced by Dave Stewart.[6]


  1. ^ Traffic in the UK Charts Archived 2011-11-20 at the Wayback Machine., The Official Charts. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  2. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Traffic / Single". Music Line (in German). Germany: Media Control Charts. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  3. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles - November 4, 1967" (PDF).
  4. ^ Black, Johnny (May 1997). Feature: Steve Winwood Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine., Mojo.
  5. ^ "UK Charts - neil". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Neil - Hole in my shoe". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 30 May 2014.

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