#722: 2006, Belle and Sebastian, Another Sunny Day

by George_East on July 21, 2013

I am back from three weeks of honeymooning in foreign parts,  and Charlie East-West, who strictly speaking is up next on the STLAS rota, is away for a couple of days.    Although I’m a little jet lagged I thought I’d get straight back into the spirit of things by posting the final song in our summer heatwave theme week (which has been going on since I left).

As unlikely as it seems, I understand it has actually been hot here while I’ve been away.   I also see that the politics have been going badly and the sport has been going well.  More of both no doubt over the next few weeks.    And what has happened to Bobby West?

Anyway back to the theme week.   One of the music genres least associated with summery songs is old fashioned indie.  Too white, too pasty, too bed sit and too introspective, on the whole to get the whole summer vibe thing.     But this by, to my mind, the last of the old skool indie bands, Belle and Sebastian, is a perfect catchy summer pop song (albeit masking something darker underneath).   It also has my favourite (ok, off the top of my head, the only) use of the phrase ‘herbacious border’ in popular music.

As usual Stuart Murdoch’s lyrics border on genius.

‘Another day in June,

We’ll pick eleven for football

We’re playing for our lives

But the referee gives us fuck all

I saw you in the corner of my eye

On the sidelines

Your dark mascara

Bids me to historical deeds’

 

Football, dark mascara, historical deeds?  I guess he must have scored, then.

 

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Ray_North July 21, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Great, great song!(welcome back)

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Geoff Elliott July 21, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Welcome back George, you’ve been missed. It’s been hot and the standard on this site hasn’t been the highest. Whip them back into shape.

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Ray_North July 22, 2013 at 10:54 am

We’ve already felt the crack!

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George_East July 22, 2013 at 11:30 am

Rightly so!

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Charlie_East_West July 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Welcome back Captain George. Your motley crew went a bit slapdash after your departure. The sun went to everyone’s heads.

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