I try to avoid posts marking the anniversaries of records being released for two reasons.
Firstly, I can’t be bothered with, and would have no idea where to start, keeping track of this sort of thing.
Secondly, because I just feel old when I see them.
“It can’t be that long, can it?” I find myself thinking, before looking it up and finding that yes, yes it can be that long ago that the record in question came out, even if does seem like a blink away.
On my Twitter timeline this week, it was brought to my attention that Sleeper’s The It Girl is twenty five years old this week.
I wouldn’t mention it were it not for the fact that I have a ticket for a gig which has been kicked down the road several times because of Covid, where the band will perform the album before this in full, ably supported by The Bluetones doing the same for their debut album, Learning To Fly.
And so it is: Sleeper’s The It Girl is 25, and I dare not look to see how old their debut album Smart is.
So here’s one of the singles from the album, notable for two reasons. Firstly, it’s used as the theme tune to a Radio 4 panel show (either the Sue Perkins hosted Dilemma, or the Victoria Coren-Mitchell hosted Heresy, I can’t remember which now and typically neither are available on the iPlayer at the moment to allow me to check – I think it’s the former):
And secondly because of this utterly wonderful cover version, by the other Elvis, which I’ve posted before but is so good it deserves another outing:
Take your pick.