Album: single 1983, The Smiths 1984
Justification: Alrighty. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, that two-and-a-half years of a blog is probably plenty, and the nice confluence of two big fat round numbers both here (500!) and in my proper, chronological life (40!) would make for a perfect note on which to go out. A good time to begin a new chapter. To start afresh. To put away childish things and do something a little more meaningful, or a lot more lucrative.
And then I thought, “eh, nah.”
The reasons are twofold: first up, I’m Andrew P Street and things are never, ever that neat in my life – even in the heavily-edited version of it that gets written about on here, as you’ve possibly picked up if you’ve read any of the previous entries – and in any case I have no great idea to replace this with.
The other is that, well, this is fun. And if there’s one lesson that I’ve taken from 40 years on the planet it’s this: there are plenty of ways for things to go wrong over which you have no control, so it’s sane to enjoy the good things as much as you can. And music’s been pretty much the most important thing in my life for as long as I can remember, so any excuse to dive into it first thing in the morning is, by definition, a good one.
So, dammit, I’m just going to keep doing this. I might take a few days off over this weekend, and it probably needs a bit of a spruce up, and I think I’m going to put some of that music writing stuff that I’ve done over the last 20-odd years of my professional life up here since where the hell else are those pieces going to go, but let’s worry about that down the track.
Mainly, thanks for reading. I have no idea who you people are (outside of what Google analytics tells me, that is – an unexpected number of you are Canadian, it would appear) but I’m glad you’re out there. And hopefully you’ve started your mornings with some sweet tunes on occasion.
And this song? I’ve pretty much explained the importance of the Smiths to me elsewhere, but let’s face it: how many songs are better than this? Freakin’ few is how many.
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2010 AND 2011: Two of my other favourite tunes, for similarly self indulgent reasons: the Auteurs still-magnificent ‘Showgirl’ and Les Savy Fav’s jubilant ‘Let’s Get Out Of Here’, each of which nod to particularly significant women in my life who have moved on, but are fondly remembered.
AND HERE’S THE LAST FIVE…