Saturday, 8 December 2012
Desert Island Discs 85 Keep Going by the Lilac Time
85 Keep Going by Stephen Duffy and the Lilac Time 2003
So this was a tough choice , it was almost the chamber pop of an Andy Partridge produced Paradise Circus or the pastoral folk pop of the debut which, strange as it seems now, sounded like nothing else at the time.
Instead I've gone for the slightly rootsier sounding Keep Going just because song by song I just think it edges it.
My only gripe is the credit - it is either a lilac time lp or a stephen duffy solo , the halfway house just feels like a record company ploy.
Stephen Duffy lyrics always tend to come from interesting place , some autobiographical some not so and this lp has some of his best
There is a verse in We Used to Be So that I think sums up the Lilac Time in 4 lines
Have you read of Fitzgerald’s descent
Have you seen Eat the Document
I know you’ve heard Tim Hardin’s lament
We Used to Be So - Lilac Time
The lp has some lovely pedal steel and slide guitar not enough to to dominate , but just enough to compliment and never better on this gorgeous ballad
I Wasn't Scared of Flying - Lilac Time
The lyrics do suggest that at the time Stephen Duffy wasn't in the best place with themes about being lost , giving up etc running throughout until the unknown girl gives him the rallying cry in the title track. I'm glad he did because two years later he finally got his richly deserved time in the sun by co writing Robbie Williams 8 million selling lp
My epitaph will be
“In dazzling obscurity
He played his songs for free
And a royalty
His website says there is a new double lp on the way in the spring but until then you can buy Keep Going here