Sunday, June 15, 2008
And so Saturday night was singalong time at Karaoke Box in Farringdon for my lovely friend's birthday. I sang my personal favourite, The Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Loving Feeling. Perfect for my range, naturally, but also the kind of song ideally suited for mangling karaoke style (as ably demonstrated by Paul Shane on Pebble Mill at One. BABY BABEH!). Hopefully this year's performance will stand to be considerably less ironic than the one from last year... You better watch out what you wish for.
Later in the evening, we returned to DIY karaoke action on Singstar back at my friends' flat. Well into the early hours, Hole's Celebrity Skin was treated to another round of vocal vandalism. And I was taken back to when it came out. Ten years ago. (Yeah, it really is! I know...) It was the end of my last summer in Watford before I escaped to University in Nottingham. I spent it just sleeping, thinking and hanging around. And I had a part time job at my local newsagent to fund my music addiction.
The hours were lousy. The pay sucked. And working with the general public instilled a deep loathing in the heart of my soul that remains today. But looking back, I had a great time. Reading music magazines, perpetually hungover, drinking lime slush puppies. My boss was a brilliant bloke, only a few years older than I was. He and I spent the hours outwitting the customers, eating crisps and chatting about music. We'd lend each other CDs and make each other tapes, generally trying to outweird the other. He asked me to get him a copy of Hole's Celebrity Skin when it came out. He was a fan, but was more passionate about Love's original group, Babes In Toyland, who I investigated more deeply later on. But at the time I just loved Celebrity Skin.
It's a great record. With a fantastic video. I was over the moon to find it on 7 inch recently and spun it to whups of joy at my DJ night (one of my only regrets is that I bought CD singles as a teen when I should've got the records!) Hole and Love had been floating around at the back of my conciousness all week after seeing Foo Fighters do Stacked Actors last weekend, seeing the story about Kurt's stolen ashes in the NME, and then hearing Doll Parts on Juno.
When she was 12, Courtney Love tried out for the Micky Mouse club, but she failed after reading a Sylvia Plath poem at the audition. She was always gonna be a bit special. And she was always more than just a celebrity widow. But that's probably how she'll be remembered. Which just ain't fair...
1. Hole - Celebrity Skin
2. The Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
3. Pizzicato Five - Baby Love Child
4. We Are Scientists - The Method
5. Jenny Lewis - Big Guns
6. Be Your Own Pet - Heart Throb
7. Coldplay - Life In Technicolour
8. Josie & The Pussycats - Three Small Words
9. Hole - Doll Parts
10. Scarlett Johansson - I Don't Wanna Grow Up
One last week before holiday. Can. Not. Wait.
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