Late Night Stargazing

Let’s see if I can write a post that doesn’t mention Brexit, shall we?

Apart from that mention, obviously.

When Hel and I shared a flat, we loved watching, and scratching our heads at, Only Connect. It’s a quiz show, and if you’ve ever seen it and played along at home, or caught a bit of it on Gogglebox, you’ll know that it’s not so much a case of who gets the most questions right, more of who can get any question right.

Back then it was on BBC4, and was hosted by the gorgeous, funny and bloody clever Victoria Coren but now it’s moved to BBC and is now hosted by the gorgeous, funny and bloody clever Victoria Coren-Mitchell.

We once enticed one of our many transient flatmates to sit and watch it with us, but rather than engage with the show in the normal, baffled way, she simply sat there saying “Look at her tits!!”

So now, whenever a new series starts, I will, with annoyingly unfunny regularity, text the words “TITS!!!” to Hel.

I mention all of this now becuase one of the clues this week was Spiritualized’s incredible Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space and then the next day, as I rode the bus home from work, this track from it came on my iPod (other MP3 players are availablahblahblah) shuffle and for just over six and a half minues, I was totally lost in it:

Spiritualized – Broken Heart

More soon.

You Couldn’t Get Away With This Nowadays

Today, a song out of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound studio, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.

Goffin & King, an actual couple at the time, as opposed to just a song-writing pair, wrote this when they found out their babysitter – Little Eva, of “The Locomotion” fame – was being beaten by her boyfriend.

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The Crystals – He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)

Carole King has subsequently revealed that she wished she’d never had anything to do with this record; when one of the writers disowns it, you know there’s some issues there.

That, and the almost blanket refusal to give it any air-time, hasn’t stopped others providing their own take on it though; self-styled “gangster Nancy Sinatra” Lana Del Rey quotes the title in her 2014 tune “Ultraviolence”, and you have to wonder whether she’s touching on the same themes, and then you have to wonder whether that’s altogether wise:

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Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence

In 1995 Hole released a cover of “He Hit Me…” as the B-side to their single “Softer, Softest”. Of course, nobody mentioned it at the time because nobody ever listened to it. But then they did it again as part of their MTV Unplugged. We can safely write all that off as just  Courtney Love, trying to be all controversial for controversial sake.

Others have referenced it in song, but here’s Spiritualized, trying, I think, to reclaim it, “a hit” meaning something altogether different here though:

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Spiritualized – She Kissed Me (It Felt Like a Hit)

More soon.

Late Night Stargazing

I don’t see why Saturday into Sunday should have the monopoly on these, so here’s one a night earlier than usual.

Frankly, I could have picked any song from this album for inclusion here, but I figured I’d be obvious and take the title track:

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Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space

I strongly recommend that you play this either before or after the Public Service Broadcasting tune I posted back here.

More soon.