When We Was Fab / Zig Zag 7″ Single

 

UK Release Date 25 January 1988
UK Catalogue Number Dark Horse W 8131
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 7
Peak UK Chart Position 25
Lowest Matrix Numbers W-8131 A-1 / W-8131 B-1

 

The second single taken from the Cloud Nine album, When WeWas Fab was released on 25 January 1988 in the UK where it peaked at number 25 during a seven week run. In the US it was released on 30 January 1988 and peaked at number 23 during an eleven week run.

Co written with Jeff Lynne the song harks back to George’s days in The Beatles. As well as some obvious lyrics like Back when income tax was all we had (Taxman) and You’ve Really Got A Hold Me (track on With The Beatles) the music has a real Beatles feel to it, even going psychedelic with backward tapes and a sitar. For good measure Ringo plays the drums.

Continuing the Beatles theme the sleeve includes George’s face taken from the Revolver cover, with the ER from REVOLVER left in for good measure, plus a picture of George as he was in 1988 done in the same style. The boxset release also included a cut out of George in his Sgt Pepper costume.

For the video there is a scene where George and Ringo are playing together with a third person dressed as a Walrus playing the bass left handed. At the same time Neil Aspinall walks by with a copy of John’s Imagine album under his arm so that we have all four Beatles in the shot at the same time. Incidentally Elton John, Paul Simon and Jeff Lynne also have small cameos in the video.

The B side, Zig Zag, is an instrumental taken from Hand Made’s film Shanghai Surprise and was not on the original Cloud Nine album

I have 5 different variations on 7″ single, all UK issues, as shown below.

I also have a copy on 12″ single, details here, and a copy on CD single, details here.

1 Horse No Barcodes

The pictures below are of my copy that has the Dark Horse label displaying just one horse at the top and doesn’t have a barcode on either label. The matrix numbers are *W-8131 A-1* and *W-8131 B-1* and there’s also a very feint DAMONT hand etched in the run off on both sides, meaning it was pressed at the Damont pressing plant in Hayes, Middlesex. The record is in excellent condition, both visually and playing wise. The thick glossy picture sleeve is also in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

1 Horse 1 Barcode

The pictures below are of my copy that has the Dark Horse label displaying just one horse at the top but this time there is a barcode on the B side label only. Like the other copies the matrix numbers are *W-8131 A-1* and *W-8131 B-1* and there’s also a very feint DAMONT hand etched in the run off on both sides. The record is in excellent condition, both visually and playing wise. The picture sleeve with this copy is matt and of thinner quality. It is in excellent condition, just a touch of ringwear and some very light wear around the opening.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

1 Horse 2 Barcodes

The pictures below are of my copy that has the Dark Horse label displaying just one horse at the top but this time there is a barcode on each side. Again, like the other copies, the matrix numbers are *W-8131 A-1* and *W-8131 B-1* and there’s also a very feint DAMONT hand etched in the run off on both sides. The record is in excellent condition, both visually and playing wise. The picture sleeve with this copy is different again in that it is glossy but of thinner quality. It is in excellent condition, just a touch of ringwear and some light creasing.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

3 Horses 2 Barcodes

The pictures below are of my copy that this time has the Dark Horse label displaying three horses at the top and there’s also a barcode on each side. Again, like the other copies, the matrix numbers are *W-8131 A-1* and *W-8131 B-1* and there’s also a very feint DAMONT hand etched in the run off on both sides. The record is in excellent condition, both visually and playing wise. The picture sleeve with this copy is the thinner glossy type which is in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

Limited Edition Boxset

This limited edition boxset contains the single, a cut out of George in his Sgt Pepper uniform and a poster and was released at the same time as the standard single. The box itself has a slightly different picture, check out George’s eyes and mouth, and shows a catalogue number of W 8131 B though the single enclosed keeps the standard W 8131 catalogue number. The box, cut out and poster are all in excellent condition, there are no tears and no writing on any of them. The enclosed single has the 1 horse labels with a barcode on each side and has the same matrix numbers as the other copies. It is in excellent condition, just the odd bit of occasional ulyra light crackle that doesn’t spoil the play. It is housed in one of the thinner glossy type sleeves which, again, is in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £15 – £25

 

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