Sunday, 25 April 2010

30 Days Of Music: #006

day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere

I have to admit: I've been agonising over these 'reminds you' song choices. It's no coincidence they've both been written uncharacteristically late. But once I'd thought of this one, it seemed obvious.

Radiohead - Fitter Happier*

See, I've probably mentioned it before, but I have this totally pretentious formative moment from when I was like 16. I'd recently bought The Bends and OK Computer, slapped the two CDs, a walkman, and a load of batteries in a coat pocket, and went-a-walking.

I ended up climbing to one of the higher points on Cannock Chase in search of a radio mast I'd been able to see on the horizon, and looking down over my hometown. I've never been one for sights: touristed to a load of famous things, not impressed. But it was a bit breathtaking.

It was all about the atmosphere, of course. Back to back, on your own, two albums of Radiohead throws an inevitable ... fog over you. The stuff I'd seen helped: it had briefly snowed, and some deer darted out in front of me while I was walking through the forest. It was one of those experiences that was almost self-consciously defining. It was the start of thinking in albums as the primary unit of music; it led to my habit of chasing big filmic Moments; I'd gone out with the aim to write a short story, and came back with one in my head, which I knocked out to more Radiohead**. It was so neat I could've planned it, almost. But, no, I was just standing there, kicking big old rocks around and looking out over my hometown to these weird, alien noises.

...Almost immediately afterwards, my batteries died and I was left to walk home, as it got darker, in silence.

*Amusingly, listening to this song on Spotify, it came immediately and inexplicably followed by Would I Lie To You? by Charles & Eddie. A slight shift in tone there...
**For a few years, I wrote exclusively to
OK Computer. I tried it the other day and it didn't work.

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