I was taking a wander through me Hoover (note to self - buy iPod!) last night, trying to find songs that really shake out some life memories and make me sit up straight.
I think there is a record that defines your transition to adulthood. By this, I mean the last of your childhood. There is one moment. It's that time in adolescence. That peak.
You will, at this time, be dealing with your biggest contradictions. You're at your most indestructable AND most vulnerable. Prepared to risk life and limb jumping from garage rooves or attempting death defying stunts on bicycle or motorcyles. Yet the wrong word from the right girl can leave winded and broken.
If you're a male, you reach your sexual peak AND realise you're still a virgin. All this happens at exactly the same time...
Usually, at this precise moment in your development, a song plonks onto the turntable of the jukebox of life and stays with you forever.
Sooo.. you could have caught This Charming Man by The Smiths or The Bitterest Pill by the Jam or Our Lips Our Sealed by the Fun Boy Three or Golden Brown by the Stranglers or Straight to Hell by the Clash... obviously the list is endless.
For me, it was The The's Uncertain Smile. The 12" extended version, not the inferior album cut. (Don't get me wrong, the album Soul Mining is an absolute classic, I just felt let down by the inclusion of the Jools Holland piano version).
This is fabulous song, very long with great deadpan lyrics and a lovely long dreamy sax break. Almost singlehandedly I believe this has made me the urbane Metroheteropsychomorph* that I am today.
Unfortunately my mate Kev was listening to Break my Stride by Matthew Wilder.
Kev still lives with his mum, picks up cigarette butts out of puddles, dries them with his lighter and writes links for local radio DJ's.
So be careful what you listen to pop-pickers. It really counts.
Have a nice weekend!
*Metroheteropsychomorph: Someone who makes up words because they're bored.