There ain’t nothing like shagging, indeed! Don’t just take my word for it, it was the Tams that said so.

The Tams were an American vocal group who hailed from Atlanta, Georgia. They only ever had a total of three hits in the UK and what better way to celebrate their music stylings than by showcasing those three songs here.

Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy

This was the first of the UK hits the Tams enjoyed. It reached a peak of number 32 in the UK charts in February 1970. It would find fame many years later after being used in an advert for Pampers nappies!

Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me

I have always had my suspicions that this song is just far too similar to the George Harrison penned Beatles song ‘Don’t Bother Me’, but maybe that’s just me. Anyway, this one reached the number one spot in the UK in the summer of 1971. The Tams would only have one more hit in the UK, and it wasn’t until 1987, but the wait was worth it!

There Ain’t Nothing Like Shagging

Now we get to the real reason why we are here. There ain’t nothing like shagging. Absolutely genius and absolutely correct; couldn’t have said it better myself. I have to say that every time I hear this song it makes me laugh, smile and nod my head in agreement.

If the title of this number 21 hit from 1987 wasn’t funny enough, do you want to know what record label it was released on? Virgin! Ah, the irony – simply beautiful.

How this song didn’t get banned in the UK is a bit of mystery. Other songs got banned for lesser reasons. Lou Reed’s Walk On The Wild Side got banned at the time for the lyric ‘giving head’, but it was fine for the Tams to say who there ain’t nothing like shagging. Oh well never-mind, quality tune, quality lyrics – just sit back and enjoy the ride (if you pardon the pun!).

It actually gets better though,

My Baby Sure Can Shag

This managed to sneak to number 91 in the UK charts in 1988. I think the Tams had shagging on their brains by this point – good on them.


P.S. This article was originally published by the same author on Triond on the 15th of November 2010 and can be found by clicking HERE.