Monday, 10 January 2011

Monday Moments - Obscurity Knocks



I remember a conversation in 1990 about wanting to discover another band that I felt as strongly abut as Lloyd Cole and the Commotions , Aztec Camera and Prefab Sprout , something that jangled along and had lyrics that I could pour over with tunes that were made for singing along to


and then as if by magic , this came out ....






It is a rush of jangling guitars with some of the smartest rhyming couplets going.




always at the foot of the photograph - that’s me there
snug as a thug in a mugshot pose, a foul-mouthed rogue
owner of this corner and not much more
still these days i’m better placed to get my just rewards
i’ll pound out a tune and very soon
i’ll have too much to say and a dead stupid name

though i ought to be learning i feel like a veteran
of “oh i like your poetry but I hate your poems”
calendars crumble i’m knee deep in numbers
i’ve turned 21, i’ve twist, i’m bust and wrong again

rubbing shoulders with the sheets till two
looking at my watch and i’m half-past caring
in the lap of luxury it comes to mind
is this headboard hard? am i a lap behind?
but to face doom in a sock-stenched room all by myself
is the kind of fate i never contemplate
lots of people would cry though none spring to mind

though i ought to be learning i feel like a veteran
of “oh i like your poetry but I hate your poems”
calendars crumble i’m knee deep in numbers
i’ve turned 21, i’ve twist, i’m bust and wrong again

know what it’s like
to sigh at the sight of the first quarter of life?
ever stopped to think and found out nothing was there?

they laugh to see such fun
i’m playing blind man’s bluff all by myself
and they’re chanting a line from a nursery rhyme
“ba ba bleary eyes - have you any idea?”

years of learning i must be a veteran
of “oh i like your poetry but I hate your poems”
and the calendar’s cluttered with days that are numbered
i’ve turned 21, i’ve twist, i’m bust and wrong again
ought to be learning
twist, i’m bust and wrong again
feel like a veteran
twist, i’m bust and wrong again
calendar’s cluttered
with days that are numbered
and i know what it’s like
to sigh at the sight
of the first quarter of life

My monday moment comes in two places the initial jangle that really made me sit up and listen and the glorious soaring chorus

The lp didn't disappoint either (I could do a month of posts on my favourite lyrics from the debut onwards) and 20+ years later they just get better and better. You can buy the latest releases from the band's website here



Also worth a visit for one of the best fansites going for any band Five Hungry Joes

2 comments:

  1. Nice post and thanks for the link to fivehungryjoes

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  2. thanks for the comment Colin and for all the stuff on fivehungryjoes

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