I am in Sheffield.So,obviously, I’m going to choose a song by a Sheffield band. It has a good pedigree Sheffield actually – The Human League, Pulp, Richard Hawley have all featured on our pages and all come from Sheffield, and there’s probably loads of others I’ve forgotten.
As it happens I’m on a case where if I lose a man will go to prison. He has never been in trouble in his life. I’m not saying whether he’s guilty or not, that will be up to the jury – but I can say this, every day, I see in his eyes utter, utter fear at the prospect of the prison sentence that will devastate him forever. I see this and I wonder how on earth Chris Grayling can come to the conclusion that prison is too soft and that criminals are somehow given an easy ride.
As George said in a superb piece earlier today – the man is shallow, cruel and vindictive.
I was last in Sheffield on a trial in 2006. Again, then, the case involved high stakes and conviction and imprisonment would ruin the life of an individual.
I remember then, listening every day to the new first album by this band The Arctic Monkeys and being absolutely blown away by it – lyrically and musically, it was outstanding. I love this song – it is one of the genuinely funny songs that have been recorded.
It is the story of rubbish bands, tribute bands, posers and the talentless who want to ‘make it’. It is absolutely cutting, take the following:
And as the microphone squeaks
A young girl’s telephone beeps
Yeah she’s dashing for the exit
Oh, she’s running to the streets outside
“Oh you’ve saved me,” she screams down the line
“The band were fucking wank
And I’m not having a nice time”
Genius. You can’t write that unless you’ve experienced it.