Album: Future Spa, 1996
Justification: My deep and enduring love for the Fauves has been explored in previous posts for ‘Dogs Are The Best People’ and the hilarious, savage ‘Everybody’s Getting a 3 Piece Together’, but this is the perfect example of what the band had going on during their brief moment in the sun, when mainstream success seemed to beckon and the band went “you know what would really help us break through? A song about wanking.”
And while the annals of popular music have no shortage of celebrations of the self-pleasuring arts, from Cyndi Lauper’s mighty ‘She Bop’ to the Vapors’ timeless ‘Turning Japanese’, generally people are a little veiled and circumspect. Not so Andy Cox: “beating off used to make me feel like a loser,” he cheerfully declares, “now I couldn’t feel any better.” Magnificent.
Oddly enough, this was not a massive worldwide hit – but, it should be pointed out, it is goddamn awesome.
Oh, and in the band’s rich tradition of slyly referencing other songs, it should be pointed out that the “I got what I got and it’s mine” in the second verse is a nod to the dick joke in ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’. Yes, the Beatles had a dick joke, and they made Ringo tell it.
I’m certain that there was a video made for it too, but damned if I can find it. It was pretty much a performance piece if I remember correctly. Also, how the hell is this almost 20 years old? I’m certain that it came out about a week ago.
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2010: Blancmange were having their one undeniable moment of chart pop glory with ‘Living On The Ceiling’.
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