No real explanation or introduction is required for tonight’s tune.
Suffice it to say, a a tune which, as my energy was flagging, encouraged me to stay to the bitter end more than any other. I have lost count of the amount of times I was knackered, ready to collect my coat, when this tune got dropped, and suddenly, I’m going nowhere.
There’s not a single part of my being that doesn’t think this is utterly brilliant – the coming together of a new (fairly) radical electronic dance act with an old school punk icon in pre-butter endorsing days – but my god I wish I knew what a three ring circus was to invoke such venom:
Leftfield/Lydon – Open Up (Full Vocal Mix)
Time to resurrect an old series.
Here, I post songs which provoke an involuntary response, where you hear a word or phrase and suddenly find yourself shouting the words to a song which have some vague link to the word or phrase you just heard.
There once was a footballer called Joao Alves de Assis Silva, who played for Manchester City and later (on loan) for Everton. Because his name was a bit of a mouthful for us Brits (and probably because when paying by the letter, even if all the words fitted on there, nobody was ever going to buy a football shirt with that name emblazoned on the back) he was known as Jo.
Consequently, whenever he appeared on Match of the Day and the commentator informed the audience he had the ball by saying “Jo”, I found myself spasming into chorusing: “The street life is my home.”
To my eternal pride, when Hel and I shared a flat, I managed to get her joining in. You see why I mention her so often, right?
I mention this now because my niece recently got engaged to a chap called Joe, who I met for the first time over Christmas when I was staying with my parents. I really liked him, although I hated myself for wanting to scream the words to this song whenever he spoke (I resisted, you’ll be pleased/relieved to hear):
Inspiral Carpets – Joe
A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far, far away, I used to post a thing on a Friday night called Friday Night Music Club.
The intent was to try and recreate some playlists I made when times were hard and staying in (and drinking, maybe dancing but hopefully singing-a-longing) were the only goals.
I stopped writing it when it metamorphised into ten tunes with a linking theme, and I realised that Rol over at My Top Ten already did pretty much the same thing, much better. Props to the originator and all that.
Anyway, one of the themes I focused on way back then (for way too long, if memory serves) was song titles with a question in it. And looking back, I find it bordering on incredible that I missed out today’s tune, which I was reminded of when 6Music tweeted this the other night:
The Wedding Present – Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?
Not least because it would have been an opportunity for me to bang on about Remain and illustrate it by posting the French version, which popped up as an extra track on the CD single version:
The Wedding Present – Pourquoi Es Tu Devenue Si Raisonnable?
Still, now I get to sound bilingual (which I’m not) and a fan of Eddie Izzard (which I am):
Plus a venir. (More soon)