Songs that reference Griffin Park

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I was listening to Gilles Peterson's 6 music show on the way to work this morning and he started with "Babylon" by Dr John, a New Orleans musician who died last week. It's quite heavy going, voodoo psychedelia and mixed oddly so that at times only one stereo channel seems to be in play.

Anyway ... About half way through, there is the lyric "and no more human be-ins will light up Griffin Park". I was so surprised I played it back and heard it again, so I checked the lyric and that is indeed what it is. Seems apt to be played at the last game, but left me wondering if anyone knows anything about the lyric, or if any other songs that mention GP.

Song was recorded in 1968 which did make me wonder if Dr John was a closet QPHa fan.
 

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"Saturday afternoon, Red army, Griffin Park, I wanna be there."

No idea who it's by. I remember hearing it at GP 17-18 years ago & enjoying it.
 

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"...sing Come you Brentford, Come on you Bees...". Anyone recall whether GP is mentioned therein?
 

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I was listening to Gilles Peterson's 6 music show on the way to work this morning and he started with "Babylon" by Dr John, a New Orleans musician who died last week. It's quite heavy going, voodoo psychedelia and mixed oddly so that at times only one stereo channel seems to be in play.

Anyway ... About half way through, there is the lyric "and no more human be-ins will light up Griffin Park". I was so surprised I played it back and heard it again, so I checked the lyric and that is indeed what it is. Seems apt to be played at the last game, but left me wondering if anyone knows anything about the lyric, or if any other songs that mention GP.

Song was recorded in 1968 which did make me wonder if Dr John was a closet QPHa fan.
Dr John appears twice on the compilation album Demons in Brentford (1984), the cover of which features an old map of the area. Perhaps he visited GP during recordings?
 

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"I had to go to this psychiatrist every week. Every Monday. He never really knew what was wrong with me. He said I wasn’t mad or anything. He said there ís no such thing as madness. I told him he should try standing in a queue at Brentford football ground on a Saturday morning. I thought it might change his mind. My dad put it another way. He said I changed like the weather. One minute I’d be a tear-away, next minute all sloppy and swoony over some bird. Schizophrenia, he called it. Nutty, my mum called it."
 

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Are you sure the lyric wasn't Griffith Park, there is a Griffith Park in Los Angeles, so Google tells me, that might be a better fit for a Dr John lyric?
 

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Actually Griffin Park is a New Orleans jazz club, that fits precisely, I wonder if they sell Pride on tap....
 

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"I had to go to this psychiatrist every week. Every Monday. He never really knew what was wrong with me. He said I wasn’t mad or anything. He said there ís no such thing as madness. I told him he should try standing in a queue at Brentford football ground on a Saturday morning"
Townshend’s West London roots on show. I went to school with his younger brother. For years one of the Clubs in Ealing advertised that The Who started out there. Long time Richmond resident, I believe.
 

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Townshend’s West London roots on show. I went to school with his younger brother. For years one of the Clubs in Ealing advertised that The Who started out there. Long time Richmond resident, I believe.
Twickenham riverside until a few years ago.
 

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Nick Lowe released an album a few years ago with a group of mixed race kids on the front sleeve.
A couple of them had Brentford shirts on but no mention of Griffin Park itself.
 

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Townshend’s West London roots on show. I went to school with his younger brother. For years one of the Clubs in Ealing advertised that The Who started out there. Long time Richmond resident, I believe.
Always thought they started out at Eel Pie Island. Maybe after their debut in Ealing.
 

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The Who only played Eel Pie Island once on Wednesday, 30. October 1968.
 

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Nick Lowe released an album a few years ago with a group of mixed race kids on the front sleeve.
A couple of them had Brentford shirts on but no mention of Griffin Park itself.
erm 'dual heritage' cough cough ;)

does hard fi not have any songs with a mention of us??....be surprising if they didn't !
 

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Having Hard-fi play 'Hard to Beat' live for the last game would be amazing!
 

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Nick Lowe released an album a few years ago with a group of mixed race kids on the front sleeve.
A couple of them had Brentford shirts on but no mention of Griffin Park itself.
Think he either lives in or comes from Brentford. Robert Elms always refers to him as the Bard of Brentford when talking about him or playing his records.
 

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Townshend’s West London roots on show. I went to school with his younger brother. For years one of the Clubs in Ealing advertised that The Who started out there. Long time Richmond resident, I believe.
Daltrey was an Acton boy and Rara
 

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Think he either lives in or comes from Brentford. Robert Elms always refers to him as the Bard of Brentford when talking about him or playing his records.
He did a gig for BU
 

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Always thought they started out at Eel Pie Island. Maybe after their debut in Ealing.
They played in the Duke of Sussex on the corner of Acton Lane a few times.
 

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Think he either lives in or comes from Brentford. Robert Elms always refers to him as the Bard of Brentford when talking about him or playing his records.
He lived on The Butts Estate.
He knew my late brother in law and when he walked in to a Brentford pub once,
Nick introduced him to his friend, Mark Knopfler!!
 

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He did a gig for BU
I went to that - it was in Stripes Bar. As well as putting on a great show he was really generous - brought a group of friends and insisted on paying for all of them, and donated some vinyl and CDs to the raffle.

I recall him saying that he wasn't a football fan, but knew how important the club was to the community and was playing the gig because of that. He did a similar gig in St Paul's church a few years ago too.

I think he lives in The Butts. I once parked outside a house with a load of guitars in the front room, which I assumed was his.
 

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Actually Griffin Park is a New Orleans jazz club, that fits precisely, I wonder if they sell Pride on tap....
Nice try, but it transpires the club has only existed since 2003. Apparently the song in question was recorded in 1968...
 

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Townshend’s West London roots on show. I went to school with his younger brother. For years one of the Clubs in Ealing advertised that The Who started out there. Long time Richmond resident, I believe.
He lived near The White Swan on the river at Twickenham. He once went in the pub and complained about the load music. He and I where born in Chiswick Maternity Hospital which was on the river near Fullers at the Hogarth Roundabout.
 

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Yes, it's a shame, but as someone else sensibly suggested above, I'm almost certain the lyric references Griffith Park and has been mis-transcribed as Griffin Park somehow. Then it got copied and pasted to other sites.

The lyric is this:-

No more Love-Ins, no more Human Be-Ins
Will light up Griffin Park


Griffith Park was famous for "Love-Ins" and "Be-Ins" in the Summer of Love 1967. The song was recorded the following year in Los Angeles where Griffith Park is also located.

One of the Be-Ins was, in fact, called "Human Be-In" - see below.

https://californiahistoricalsociety.../los-angeles-counterculture-human-be-ins.html

These mistakes happen easily. For example, the Pete Townshend track "Stardom in Acton" is often listed as "Stardom in Action" as most people outside the UK have never heard of Acton and they just see "Action" as it makes grammatical sense.

Not to worry, one day (New) Griffin Park will be better known around the world than Griffith Park.
 

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Actually Griffin Park is a New Orleans jazz club, that fits precisely, I wonder if they sell Pride on tap....
Griffin Park Jazz Club still meets once a month in Stripes. Started up in the bucket collecting days of Noades.
 

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We gotta get out of this place, by the Animals.

Either to the Premier League or at the very least to London Road.
 

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Daltery is a massive Gooner.

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Didn't know that, he's not massive as only about 5 ft 6 but take your point. I know he's from Acton and sure I heard somewhere or maybe it was his autobiography that he mentions Raras and early days.
 
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Townshend’s West London roots on show. I went to school with his younger brother. For years one of the Clubs in Ealing advertised that The Who started out there. Long time Richmond resident, I believe.
Pete went to a few Brentford games in the late 1950s.
 

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He lived near The White Swan on the river at Twickenham. He once went in the pub and complained about the load music. He and I where born in Chiswick Maternity Hospital which was on the river near Fullers at the Hogarth Roundabout.
He also lived down the lane beside Marble Hill Park in Twickenham.....as a yoof I used to deliver his milk! If I'd known he was a Bee I would have had a chat!
 

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Pete is definitely a Bee. I've worked for him on a few projects and the first time we met we talked about my background, interests and that sort of thing. I said I'm a true tomboy and loved football and that I was a Brentford fan and he told me he used to go a lot. I haven't seen him for a few years now but he sometimes mentions the Bees when we meet.

He now lives at the top of Richmond Hill incidentally, next to the old Star and Garter Homes.
 

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Pete is definitely a Bee. I've worked for him on a few projects and the first time we met we talked about my background, interests and that sort of thing. I said I'm a true tomboy and loved football and that I was a Brentford fan and he told me he used to go a lot. I haven't seen him for a few years now but he sometimes mentions the Bees when we meet.

He now lives at the top of Richmond Hill incidentally, next to the old Star and Garter Homes.
One of my treasured possessions is a reply from my letter to him regarding the sleeve notes to Quadrophenia and the Brentford connection. He replied four years after I sent it!
 

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