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Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs

In November 1977 Brian and Michael released a record in memory of Lowry. The record was entitled Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs. The record was produced by Kevin Parrott and Michael Coleman on the label Pye Records.It was recorded over three sessions in September 1977 at Pluto Studio in Stockport.

In February 1978 the record entered the UK charts, in April the records reached number 1 where it stayed for 3 weeks, it was in the charts for a total of 19 weeks and sold 750,000 copies.

The backing choir consisted of Pupils from St Winifreds School in Heaton Mersey whilst the music was provided by Tintwistle Brass Band.

The choir later went on to record their own number 1 hit with There's No-one Quite Like Grandma in 1980.

In November 2002 the original choir reunited to perform the song at the Lowry Centre.

They included the actress Sally Lindsay who plays barmaid Shelley Unwin in Coronation Street. Although she was at the time too young to perform on the Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs record she did appear on the No-one Quite Like Grandma record.


Watch Brian & Michael perform the song courtesy of YouTube


The Lyrics To The Song

He painted Salford's smokey tops
On cardboard boxes from the shops
And parts of Ancoats where I used to play
I'm sure he once walked down our street
Cause he painted kids who had nowt on their feet
The clothes we wore had all see better days

Now they said his works of art were dull
No room all round the walls are full
But Lowry didn't care much anyway
They said he just paints cats and dogs
And matchstalk men in boots and clogs
And Lowry said that's just the way they'll stay

And he painted matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs
He painted kids on the corner of the street with the sparking clogs
Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them factory gates
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs

Now canvas and brushes were wearing thin
When London started calling him
To come on down and wear the old flat cap
They said tell us all about your ways
And all about them Salford days
Is it true you're just an ordinary chap

And he painted matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs
He painted kids on the corner of the street with the sparking clogs
Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them factory gates
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs

Now Lowry's hang upon the wall
Beside the greatest of them all
And even the Mona Lisa takes a bow
This tired old man with hair like snow
Told northern folk its time to go
The fever came and the good lord mopped his brow

And he left us matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs
He left us kids on the corner of the street with sparking clogs
Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them pearly gates
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs

And he left us matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs
He left us kids on the corner of the street with sparking clogs
Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them pearly gates
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs

And he left us matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs
He left us kids on the corner of the street with sparking clogs
Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them pearly gates
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs

And he left us matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs
He left us kids on the corner of the street with sparking clogs
Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them pearly gates
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs

 

 

 

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