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These will be some Rarer tunes (Mod, powerpop, punk, ska, - if it's got a good sound I'll post it) ripped from my vinyl collection. The idea is that now you Know about them, You can seek them out!
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Saturday, 18 February 2012

Joni Dee And The Times - Here Come The Holidays (1982)

b/w - Three Cheers For The Sun

Cool Mod pop with the right amount of bubblegum to stay just on the right side of Cheesy.

Why of all The Times 45's choose this one? I hear you ask.
Well let's face it, there's so many tracks by Mr Edward Ball & friends to choose from + you can get loads of info on him & the band I thought I'd try to add something! rather than regurgitate.

The music to both tunes were written by Ed Ball but the lyrics to Here come the Holidays were penned by his old school chum John Bennett. Who was also a member (Drummer) of:
The Television Personalities (on 14th Floor/Oxford Street - srts records)[AKA Hughie Green]
O level (on East Sheen EP - psycho records)[AKA Jim Horne]
Reacta (on Stop The World/sus – battery operated records)

Now on to Joni Dee Sackett; she seems to first crop up in Ed's life in early 1980 with the band Dry Rib & later also added backing vocals to his 1984 LP Hello Europe. (the pic on the left is of her & Ed Ball, summer 1982)
1983-84; saw her collaborating with Frank Tovey (Fad Gadget) as singer & Viola player.
1986; with I start counting.

BTW this 45 was recorded Easter 1982 & the Times were

Ed Ball - guitar
John East - bass
Paul Damien - drums
Ray Kent - keyboards

I believe the second sleeve with The Times sticker over Jonie Dee's name was used to re-promote the 45 after the minor hit of the This Is England LP in Late 1983.

Sounds & scans below



  1. Bubblegum pop at it's best! Nice girly vocals too. While we're on that, do you have a copy of the Elti-Fits E.P? I finally heard a track from that this week and would love to hear more. Cheers!

  2. Hi Graeme - I'll post it soon! while we're on the subject of Elti-Fits if you pop over to


    you can hear/download their Peel Session - Hurry though it's only available until the end of the month!

  3. Wow Bruce - thanks on both counts! And I was overjoyed finally finding the Funboy Five session this week too!

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  5. Excellent! I love Ed Ball's music and hadn't hear this one. Thank you!

  6. Y'know any Ball from this period is awesome (I can't say I've listened to much of his later stuff).
    Great work, as ever!