Song of the Day #80s Special 1

Just to alert everyone – I really like 80s music. And this ranges to quite a lot. I’m talking Wham!, Depeche Mode, Smiths, Yazoo, James Brown, Kraftwerk, Talking Heads, Blondie etc etc. I’m not really going for the serious tack, but I do absolutely love it. I suppose most people would say it has a lack of integrity or something, although I’m not sure in what sense, but I think I’m mainly going for enjoyment instead of something amazingly innovative or diverse. Although I’m not sure what there is to complain about, as really quite a few people like things that have taken great influences from these things. And who can say no to either the Smiths or some electro? Almost guaranteed people like at least one. I’m winning though, as I like both.

Here for your enjoyment is Talk Talk’s ‘It’s My Life’ which I think I might have played every time I’ve turned my computer on for the last few weeks. I think Benchlad wanted to listen to them because Guy Garvey said to, and you cannot deny the genius of this song. Please, feel free to dance around your living room. I do.



Music Mondays – Living Is So Easy.

This technically should be a Song Of The Day, but come on! It’s British Sea Power, they need more than just a few words.

Oh by the way, I love this band. I suppose at this stage I should make reference to my brother, but only if I get to call him Dede. He, like with the Manics, introduced me to this band, but never really seems to go about introductions in the right way. It’s more a case of “listen to this, you need to, it’s essential. Actually, I’ll stick it on now”, as opposed to “oh there’s a band you might like, their EP’s on Spotify. For you to listen to at your leisure.” Anyway, that aside, I drove through the initial barrage of Sea Power love to find an endearing yet wildly underrated band – I can’t even find anyone to go and see them with me next February in Bristol, despite them wearing walking boots and chunky knits on stage (how is this not popular yet?). Eccentric and probably a bit weird actually, this band writes about melting polar ice caps, the flooding of Canvey Island and Dostoyevsky whilst rating castles and partaking in bird documentaries with Guy Garvey. But! Don’t let their odd antics put you off their music. This new release ahead of their upcoming album ‘Valhalla Dancehall’ in January 2011 (and subsequent tour) is, I think you’ll agree, rather good.

Called by the band “our most electronic song to date”, it has an initial pleasantly fake-sounding beat (is this to represent the fakeness of the characters in the lyrics?), with some classically unobtrusive and dreamy lyrics coming in a few moments after. And the lyrics are rather intriguing – I believe there’s no real historical or environmental story involved here, it’s more of a slightly tongue-in-cheek look at our times, and I think the title is perfect. Because it is! Everything they describe in the lyrics is indeed easy – how difficult is it to go to the party? How difficult is it to shop? – and I rather like the satisfaction of the thought ‘what will happen will happen.’ I get the impression that all the people they’re talking about are the people who BenchLad and I disapprove of/scorn, who always emerge at around 11pm dressed in next to nothing (in WINTER?! Bloody crazy idiots), looking to drink their body-weight, whilst we’re heading home for a good cup of tea and cuddle after seeing the latest film from Argentina. The soullessness of society is felt through the words from Sea Power, and again they’ve got it “just right”.

But then, is Yan just talking about a party? One where you go and meet people and have a mini groove? Or people just joining in with life? A “clay pigeon shoot” is mentioned at the start, which jars somewhat with everything else they talk about – so are they wanting people to meet in classic situations (who the hell meets at clay pigeon shoots Yan?) or at 2am in a sticky-floored club? I will never really know what Sea Power are saying, but that’s ok. Sometimes it’s enough just to let the music go.

Ps. Their artwork is AMAZING. And apologies for the video fading out before the actual end…