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Turn Back The Clock (2008 Digital Remaster)
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Turn Back The Clock (2008 Digital Remaster)

From the Album Turn Back The Clock
5 May 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 5 May 2008
  • Release Date: 5 May 2008
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2008 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Duration: 4:30 minutes
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  • ASIN: B001TK0P6O
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,129 in Songs (See Top 100 in Songs)

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Turn Back The Clock (1987) is a nostalgic look back at childhood. This wistful ballad by Johnny Hates Jazz was a top twenty hit for the band (#12) and is taken from their #1 album of the same name. When I first saw the video, back in '88, I immediately thought: ''Stand By Me''. Of course, I had just seen the Stephen King adaptation of his coming-of-age novella, which had been released in 1986, one year prior to the JHJ single. I later read that Clark Datchler had indeed been influenced by King's work when writing the song. But I knew it regardless, as soon as I saw the junkyard scene in the music video. I instantly loved it.

Both deal with the loss of childhood, the best times of one's life, and the fondness of looking back over the years through memories. Like Stand By Me, the music video depicts all the incidents and emotions that go with being twelve or thirteen, that time just before you discover girls and alcohol, and have to really begin thinking about leaving school and getting a job. We were all there: mischievous antics during Halloween, trashing the pumpkins and running away; campfires in the woods; riding mountain bikes; laughing and joking; getting into trouble with Dad and subsequently getting a good hiding; crying; fighting and making up afterwards.

It is all part and parcel of childhood and listening to this song never fails to make me both happy and sad, to remember, and to wish that I could turn back the clock.
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