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YOU CAN PLAY ALONG WITH THE FIRST VIDEO! I've also made up a songsheet for the COVID parody video.
The band performed the song on the BBC's Top of the Pops in May 1973, and the song charted at number 8 in the UK Singles Chart. It also became an international hit, reaching number 6 in the US Billboard Hot 100.Rafferty's lyrics are a dismissive tale of a music industry cocktail party written and performed as a parody of Bob Dylan's paranoia. The music video portrays the band performing in a corner of a large, empty building. Their performance is intercut with shots of Egan, miming to a vocal track by Rafferty (who had by then left the band), at a small banquet table with a number of garishly-dressed and made-up supper guests. These include an actual clown, a bespectacled bowler-hatted gent devouring spaghetti and a lavishly dressed woman eating cream cakes and grapes. The clown, who has difficulty eating a plastic chicken, continually squeezes Egan out whenever he tries to take food from the table. The guitar solo is played on a guitar played flat with an empty beer bottle used as a slide. Eventually, the other band members appear, driving off the strange characters so that Egan can sit down at last.
****REVISED May 1 2020 - SR****