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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

45RPM: #46 I'm In Love With The Girl On The Manchester Virgin Megastore Check-Out Desk - The Freshies (1980)

One of the many classics from Chris Sievey, best known as Frank Sidebottom.

The biggest selling single by The Freshies, and best known song is 1980's "I'm In Love With The Girl On The Manchester Virgin Megastore Check-out Desk" renamed as "I'm In Love With The Girl On A Certain Manchester Megastore Check-out Desk" on request from Radio 1 (a version with "Virgin" bleeped out to allow it to be played on the radio without being considered advertising was also released), which reached number 54 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1981 after being picked up by MCA, eventually selling over 40,000 copies. At the time, the girl who was the subject of the song was frequently asked by fans to autograph copies of the single. The single's success prompted Richard Branson to undertake a search for the former checkout girl in question in 2006, wishing to invite her to the opening of the new Virgin Megastore in Manchester, in recognition of the role she played in the history of the original store.

Chris Sievey died on 21 June 2010 in Hale, Greater Manchester, at the age of 54. He had been suffering from cancer.


  I'm In Love With The Girl On The Manchester Virgin Megastore Check-Out Desk / Instrumental of A-Side  - The Freshies.
Razz (1980)/MCA Records (1981)
UK Indie Chart #46 (1980)
UK Singles Chart #54 (1981)




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