Song of the day: The Numbers – "Mr President"

November 23, 2011

Here are The Numbers with “Mr President”:

The Numbers – “Mr President” (1980)


I do want to point out that given the current shenanigans in American politics, posting this song here is in no way a political statement by me. (I’m apolitical – especially when it comes to the politics of a country I don’t live in.) Plus, I don’t think that The Numbers were singing about the current state of American politics (unless they knew what was going to happen in America 31 years after they recorded it).

Incidentally, I think the chorus of “Mr President” contains an awful rhyming couplet:

“You’re running for president, you’re not even a resident.”

That doesn’t make any sense to me.

In their defence though, I guess there aren’t that many words you can rhyme with “president”. Precedent? Prescient? How about Pepsodent?

Actually, despite that dreadful rhyming couplet I’m glad I played you “Mr. President” because its title reminded me of another “president” song, one that I adore. I’ll play that tomorrow.

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Song of the day: The Numbers – "Five Letter Word"

October 21, 2010

A regular reader of the blog, Maximum Jack (Hi, Maximum!), recently mentioned that he’d like to hear a song by The Numbers called “Five Letter Word”.

No problem, MJ:

The Numbers – “Five Letter Word” (1980)


“Five Letter Word” was the band’s highest charting single.

Incidentally, if you want to know more about the band then may I suggest you shimmy on over to my previous Song of the day post featuring another song by ye olde Numbers. And you can read about how 80’s band The Numbers morphed into 90’s band Maybe Dolls in this Song of the day post.

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Song of the day: The Numbers – "Big Beat"

July 25, 2009

Here are The Numbers, a skinny-tie band in hair-synth band clothing, with one of their singles, “Big Beat” (1982):


The Numbers were a three-piece band from Sydney who had a degree of success in Australia between 1979 and 1983. The band comprised siblings Annalisse (vocals, bass) and Chris Morrow (guitar, vocals) along with an ever-revolving line-up of drummers.

I really like Annalisse’s squealing in “Big Beat.”

By the way, RetroUniverse has a mighty thorough biography of the band. And so does Vinyl Goldmine.

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