Wow. I heard this for the first time in a long time over the weekend and it still made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. How can it be more than 20 years old? Also, how did only make number 13 in the charts (back then they even meant something)?
Additionally, I really like this video. The way she is just keeps walking along through the hustle and bustle compliments the otherworldliness of the song. Plus I am a real sucker for scenes from urban America.
I heard a live recording of this played on 6music this week and nostalgia washed over me. 1977 was a massive album in my early days of secondary school. Northern Irish lads riding the britpop wave and making great music, it was all quite exciting. On reflection Two Door Cinema Club remind me a little of them.
I don’t know if they have done anything as good since (although Free All Angels wasn’t bad) but listening to this track, or Goldfinger or Oh Yeah returns me to a simpler time.
I was always going to post Bjork sooner or later. I have an almost irrational affection for her music, which I find to be beautiful and mesmerising. This is from what is probably my favourite of her albums Homogenic.
In addition, this is a great video, fitting of Bjork’s idiosyncratic personality.
I have been listening to a song by Liam Gallagher’s new band quite a bit this week. It seems he has retained his ability to belt out an anthemic tune. Oasis became something of a caricature of themselves towards the end, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that they released two staggering albums. The fact that Definitely Maybe and (What’s the story) Morning Glory? coincided with me really discovering music for the first time means I will always have a special appreciation for them.
I found it hard to believe that Slide Away was released in the summer of ‘94 but it has aged well. The combination of the towering guitar riff and Liam’s imploring vocal that makes it very compelling.