The Mock Turtles were formed in Manchester in 1987 by vocalist Martin Coogan, the older brother of the comedian and actor Steve Coogan. This was the band's only hit single.
Martin Coogan recalled in One Hit Wonders
by Chris Welch and Duncan Soar: "We recorded a track called 'Lay Me Down' and my manager said: 'What's the B-side?' I said: 'I haven't written it yet.' He said: 'Just give me a title.' I said: 'Can You Dig It?' The following evening I had friends round for dinner and had to excuse myself to write the song in the back room. When we signed to Siren they wanted us to re-record 'Can You Dig It?' and it was a hit."