This is the series where I try to honour my recently passed best friend Llŷr by posting songs which remind me of him.
So, Llŷr and I are still living in the flat of filth (by which I mean it was filthy, rather than anything filthy was going on, much to our collective disappointment), and we’ve just got ourselves connected up to what was in those days still referred to as “cable TV”.
This came with several music channels, and of course, when there wasn’t a reality TV show that needed watching, Llŷr would spend every waking moment cruising the music channels, sniffing out a trufflesome gem.
One day, I settled into my arse-supporting-washing-up-bowl-recovered-from-the-street-armchair and joined him in flicking through VH1, MTV, Box etc etc etc.
Generally, you can tell a lot about the balance of power in a household by seeing who it is that has control of the TV remote control; in our flat, that particular instrument of power invariably rested in Llŷr’s hands.
I don’t wish to make this seem like it was anything other than a harmonious household, for it wasn’t. I could very easily have played the age card and insisted I knew best about what we should be watching, but I knew that wouldn’t have been true. Llŷr had a genuine knack for alighting on something funny, stupid or (very occasionally) interesting and thought-provoking.
Aww, who am I kidding? 99% of the time it was about surfing the music channels trying to find something to amuse-bouche both our eyes and ears. And with Llŷr’s hands on the tiller, I knew I was in safe hands.
As is evidenced by him leaping forwards on the sofa one day, turning the volume riiiiiiight up loud, gasping: “Oh Jez, you’ll love this….!” when this song came on:
And the reason for his excitement? Not just that it’s a bloody great record (which it is). Oh no.
He loved the keyboard player’s theatrics.
At this point I’d love to post the video clip in question, but neither of the official videos for the tune make me as mesmerised by the keyboard player as we both were that day, so I’m guessing it must have been a live/studio performance we watched.
It’s not this:
..nor this (although it’s a bit closer to what we watched that day):
…which means I probably haven’t done this one justice.
Sorry, dude. Still makes me think of you whenever I hear it, mind.
Llŷr’s younger sister Sian is running the London Marathon this month, raising funds for The Brain Tumour Charity. If you’d like to chip in, because it’s a worthy cause or because you think it might help you get the heads up as to whose picture she pointed at in the closing scene of Episode 2, Series 5 of Line of Duty (it won’t work, she’s very good at not giving spoilers – she looked me in the eye and told me she didn’t have an interview scene, the little tinker. I know, right? It’s as if she’s a really talented actor….), I care not for your motives.
But if you do want to help, for whatever reason, you can do so here (with the usual thanks to all of you who have already donated; my heart swells with pride and thanks every time I scroll down the list of sponsors and see someone’s name that I know visits here. You all know who you are: thank you):