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Reach Out I'll be there - The Four Tops.

I recall being equally terrified and transfixed by this song. I think I literally shat myself whilst being mentally pummelled by this song.

Today, as a 35 year old man my obsession with this song continues. I've been devouring cover versions of it lately and have been going so far as wailing my own arrangement of it for the whole neighbourhood to hear. I have a problem.

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One of the first I can remember is:

But what really sticks in my mind is this....I remember playing it over and over and spending ages staring at the cover:

edit: wtf have they done to that Bucks Fizz song.....that's not how I remember it at all.

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I don't know exactly how old I was (maybe 5 or 6), but I used to listen to this whole album on my Dad's stereo over and over again. I had to listen with headphones as my Dad got pretty sick of it. I loved the lyrics, and the weird ethereal sound of the instruments. I think I saw the whole thing as some sort of tone poem, and would daydream about the strange worlds the album was describing.

I still listen to it a lot actually.

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my dad was a jazz drummer by night and his favorite tune was apache by the incredible bongo band.

it was never off and that drum break is etched into my very core and makes me think of him everytime i hear it. and some of the greatest hip hop/breaks tunes of all time sample it. A wonderful tune to remember a wonderful man

First tune I bought

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Vague childhood memories of the following two. The first probably because of some band playing a cover version in the working men's club my dad occasionally took me to on Sunday lunchtimes when I was about four or five years old in the early 70s. The second because my dad would sometimes sing it to me in a piss-take fashion, again around the same time.

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It was this and some Fleetwood Mac song my mum used to play on repeat. I can't stand Fleetwood Mac because of it.

Yeah, I had a similar deal (Tango in the Night era) and a similar lifelong aversion because of it. I'm gradually becoming able to admit that they were good at what they did prior to that though.

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