- Audio CD (13 Oct 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Blueprint (Voiceprint)
- ASIN: B0000AEKC1
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Ironically, David McWilliams' recording of the song, first made in 1967, was never a British chart hit. A quarter-of-a-century elapsed before a cover version by Marc Almond of Soft Cell entered the British Top Ten, reaching number four.
For David McWilliams, however, making music came first. Inspired by Sam Cooke and Buddy Holly, he learned to play the guitar in his early teens. When he began writing his own material, friends suggested that he should record a demo disc. His début single God and My Country was issued in 1966, and in 1967 The Days of Pearly Spencer was released. Featuring distorted vocals through the use of a megaphone as in The New Vaudeville's Band Winchester Cathedral, the record won David McWilliams much-deserved recognition. Before the year 1967 was out, he had recorded three albums. David McWilliams undertook concert tours with the Dubliners, which were compèred by his friend Dominic Behan. He attracted a large following in mainland Europe and was particularly popular in France, Holland (topping the charts in both countries) and Italy. David McWilliams was quiet and self-effacing. He was ill at ease in the world of show business and he had an intense dislike for the glitter and hype of the music industry. He was more at home playing in the Fourways Inn, Ballymena, than in the Royal Albert Hall.
In 1984, he played at a concert in aid of the striking miners in Britain and supported other such causes. In recent years he performed at the Ballycastle Northern Lights Festival, which celebrates the links between Scottish and Irish music.
'Using Me' is last of his recordings to be issued. Comprising entirely of previously un-released music, 'Using Me' was put together by David's life long friend and music publisher Len Tucker and stands shoulder to shoulder with his other albums. This album is sure to please the completists and new fans alike!