Edmonton County School – GCSE Drama Paper One.

(excerpt) Hand out lyric sheets of Lloyd Cole’s “These Days” taken from the album “Mainstream” (1987). Evaluate what they think the song is about. Explain the history of the song. Produced in 1987 during the peak of Aids hysteria years. Record company (Polydor) refused to include the song on the album as they felt it endangered Cole’s image as a potential chart star (ie. He must be gay) and potential sales and Polydor’s profits may suffer. Cole refused to release the album without the track. He and Polydor were in conflict.