I have to admit in this year of punk and disco domination, I have developed a soft spot for this soft rock hit by the Welsh band Racing Cars. "They Shoot Horses Don't They" reached number fourteen in the UK Singles Chart in 1977, and was inspired by the film of the same name. Here we discover the familiar story of the hit that was almost never released.
"'Horses' was the throwaway song on Downtown Tonight," recalled guitarist Graham Williams to Mojo. "Our manager and the record company thought differently - one day during rehearsals our manager walked in and declared, 'I don't want to hear you in the pursuit of excellence, I just want you to give them something, to sing along to."'