The other day I was chatting to an American friend about famous Welsh people. After the usual list of “Tom Jones, Richard Burton, Catherine Zeta Jones, Gareth Bale” (except an American would not have heard of the most expensive footballer in the World), I asked her if she knew The Stereophonics. As she didn’t, I sent her a link to their one US hit, “Have a Nice Day”. I was living in the US when this was a hit there, and it was quite a thrill to hear a band from Cwmaman (about 50 miles from where I grew up) playing on US radio.
But, today I am not sharing that song, but rather their version of“Handbags and Gladrags”.
Here is The Stereophonics’ version, which is the first version I heard when it was used as the theme tune for the hit BBC comedy ‘The Office’.
Most people think that this song was originally done by Rod Stewart, but his is the most well-known version, not the original. The song, written by Mike d’Abo, was originally performed by Chris Farlowe in 1967, Stewart’s version was recorded in 1969.
This is Rod Stewart performing ‘his’ song with The Stereophonics.
Which is your favourite version?