Sunday, August 13, 2006

song of the week: i just can't be happy today

My song of the week is dedicated to Alexandra, author of a blog I have recently become addicted to, it’s title being ‘I just can’t be happy today’.

It is Alexandra’s fifteenth birthday today, and to honour this special day, it seems only right that song of the week has to be the damned’s I just can’t be happy today - a fantastic song any week, and perfect for a birthday...

Anthemic yet understated, both dry and histrionic, pissed off, rebellious, and grand to dance to, with a monster monologue, throwaway hand-claps, some superior keyboard action, and masterly vocals (as always) from Dave, i just can't be happy today made a perfect partner to the apocalyptic thunderstorm over brixton this afternoon. global warming anyone? plus, the single also features a b-side cover of ballroom blitz with lemmy on bass – what more could you ask for, eh?

(un)happy birthday alex – your public loves you!


At 13 August, 2006 20:58 , Blogger paddington said...

I think that's Ludwig van B on the cover of the single, but he looks rather like that soft-skinned, bristle-free, troubled Young Hegelian Karl M, doncha think?

At 13 August, 2006 20:58 , Blogger Alexandra said...

Oooh. I feel quite special.

It's funny think that I have a reader. Thank you very much for the mention, and I would do a little dedication to you on my blog, but I don't know quite know what to say. Thank you very much, anyway! :) I promise to keep an eye on your blog from now on.

And I Just Can't Be Happy Today is a classic song, of course. Although I didn't realise you liked The Damned, I now have a huge amount of respect for you. Have you seen the Old Grey Whistle Test performance of IJCBHT? Great song, great video!

At 14 August, 2006 18:41 , Blogger darling vicarage said...

no comment necessary alex, i never know what to say. and yes, he does look a bit like your mate Karl, paddington.


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