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The thing that I remember most about this song is that you could listen to it (the album version, not this shorter but excellent live version) on your Walkman in exactly the time it took to walk out of the Harvard Square subway station—I had traveled to the Square from my college in Boston—and up Massachusetts Avenue to Second Coming Records. The song had a good walking rhythm; it put a little spring in your step. On weekends, I did the rounds: after Second Coming, then Mystery Train, Newbury Comics, the Coop, and the dreary basement Strawberries. Add to that list in later years In Your Ear, Tower Records, and HMV. All but two, I think, are gone now.
My father bought me my first Walkman when I was a sophomore in high school. All of the exterior parts were metal, and it was shiny gold, like a jewel. The night that we bought it I slid a tape—Phil Collins’ Hello, I Must Be Going—into the deck, put my new headphones on and walked out onto the front lawn. I looked up at the stars and thought in amazement, I can now listen to music outside. The song I listened to was “Like China,” which Phil sang in a broad Cockney accent. I suppose it would have been more relevant for me to embed this video of Phil singing the song live, mugging shamelessly and slapping his pate with a tambourine, instead of X, but I have to draw the line somewhere.