Monday, 1 December 2014
Oliver: Eton Crop - Hey Hey (9 November 1991)
You've almost certainly heard Hey Hey by Eton Crop, or at least you probably think you have. That piano figure that runs throughout the song was in many ways the signature sound of so much dance pop in 1991/92 and soundtracked the early to mid 90s end of season retrospective videos of football clubs the length and breadth of Europe. It's a surprise to see it turning up on an Eton Crop record, but the Dutch band were astonishingly perceptive to pop trends throughout their career - reeling from punk to post punk onto indie pop and by the turn of the 90s incorporating samples and numerous other delights into their work. Having had a cursory listen across the ages, I think I'll be coming back to this band sooner rather than later. Hey Hey is fairly unrepresentative of most of what they did in their first incarnation. Apart from the reference to Hank Williams, there's none of the lyrical invention of songs like Cocacolanisation or Gay Boys on the Battlefield. But it's a good dance song that will transport you back to any shitty nightclub you attended on a non party night when you were 17. As I say, it's worth it for that of it's time piano piece. And the vocalist sounds like a bloke I act with in Hayes, Kent.
I had thought of doing a load of research about Peel's support for Eton Crop but the band beat me to it. Erwin Blom talks about discovering Peel, gaining his support and friendship and how he inspired the band to reform this year, especially for a Peel related festival.
Video courtesy of Wim Hofstede.