Monday, May 12, 2008
Erase And Rewind
Ever since my early teens, I've had the habit of getting addicted to a song. I'll listen to it over and over again, until I know every word and can feel every undulation in it's sonic texture. In the olden days, I would record the song off the radio, and play the tape over and over again until it wore out. Since this proved problematic, with DJ's talking over it and interference getting in the way, I decided to go and work for the radio station instead, and cut out the middle man.
The latest track to suffer an evening of repetition is Scarlett Johansson's cover of 'Anywhere I Lay My Head' by Tom Waits, from her forthcoming album of the same name. And I am more than a little surprised by this fact.
If I'm being totally honest, the only influence Scarlett has had on my music taste thus far has been my decision to buy the vinyl copy of the Lost In Translation soundtrack with her arse on the cover. But this is just stunning. Vocally I hear echoes of Siouxsie Sioux's deeper delivery on the likes of the Banshees cover of The Beatles' 'Dear Prudence'. The production by TV On The Radio's Dave Stinek is huge and the guitar from Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner is perfect. It is better than I could possibly have imagined, and I just can't stop listening to it.
It's a woozy, laconic take on an already classic song that so suits my mood this evening it's almost tempting to believe it was recorded just for me.
My head is spinning round, my heart is in my shoes, yeahExcuse me while I drift away...
I went and set the thames on fire, oh, now I must come back down
She's laughing in her sleeve boys, I can feel it in my bones
Oh, but anywhere Im gonna lay my head, Im gonna call my home.
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