A notebook, kinda.
““Asked to record the song by John Lewis, Gabrielle was initially hesitant that she could bring her own alchemy to a track which is already quite perfect. She explains, “… the lyrics are so strong and powerful but the song is so intricate and beautiful, I was fascinated with the juxtaposition of it. What I really wanted to do was strip the production away but keep the energy of the song. And I wanted it to be minimal and wintry.””
You actually don’t need to know what the track is*, this could apply to any John Lewis ad ever.
*it’s Frankie’s “The Power Of Love” :(
In further bullshit alarm bell news: “John Lewis are staying true to what they have always been about, which is thoughtful gifting at Christmas.”
'Gifting'??? Presumably they're not allowed to say 'giving' as that might imply giving something other than things.
““More than Queen, more than Maiden, more than B**** A**** even, this hit stank of the past, all the more strongly because so many people around me seemed to think it wasn’t the past. And so I find it very hard to listen to now – my dislike of it is still located in the vicious roil of being 17, semi-detached from the repetitive ramalama knock-off I hear when I put it on.””
I suspect this is an unconvincing Popular entry, but it wasn’t really meant to convince. It’s about being 17, going to boarding school, and The Clash. It’s kind of a tangential intro to the One Week One Band entries I’ll be doing next week too, though I’m not saying who they’re about yet.
I have had this song rattling round my head since reading Tom’s post. Too many jags of recognition plus I think this is the Popular post in which I may have the largest walk-on part, if I’m remembering this incident right. The end of year report from my housemaster mentioned that he ‘enjoyed the affronted reaction’ to the review. Man, I was filled with misdirected anger in those days.