Lamb‘s stunning ode to love, Gorecki, features powerful lyrics that even a cynical fuck, such as myself, can appreciate.
So my Classics section is back. However, this time around I’m going to focus more on playing DJ as apposed to being autobiographer. I’ll still say a few words about what each song means to me..but then it’s all about the music.
My friend Taylor and I were obsessed with all things Trip-hop after the emergence of Portishead, Tricky, Massive Attack, etc back in the mid-90s. We used to go to our favorite record shop, AB-CD, in Norwalk CT, and sift through their collection of used imported CDs for hours and hours and hours.
One day Taylor came across Lamb’s self-titled debut and brought it home for a listen. It didn’t take long before the two of us became obsessed with that album and specifically the lead single off that album, Gorecki.
Whether you’re a cynic or not, love means comfort to everyone. So no matter how hard you try, I defy you not to feel a little warm and fuzzy while reading some of the lyrics to Gorecki below:
could we stay right here till the end of time until the earth stops turning wanna love you until the seas run dry I’ve found the one I’ve waited for
I don’t feel like posting more than that, so you’ll have to listen to the song to hear the rest! I hope you enjoy it!
Ok, I have no clue what is going on this week but, apparently, the world is trying to tell me that I need to be more honest with myself than I’ve ever been; as evidenced by yesterday’s emotional tribute to George Michael’s “Spinning The Wheel” and now, today, thanks to Doctors & Dealers’ arrival into my life.
I’m sure many of you have figured out by now that the writing I do on Fred Hystere is extremely confessional; and a huge reason why I started the site in the first place. Those closest to me regularly tell me that what they love the most about the site is just how “me” it is.
As I often say, I’m so glad that so many of you are enjoying being part of the journey that I go on every day while I write and I’d be hard-pressed to describe just how much I’m growing as a person and figuring out shit about myself that I either never knew before or that I never wanted to admit. Which brings me to today’s Artist Of The Day..
Yesterday on The Hotness, I gave you my typical rundown, critique and praise of three artists; one of whom was a Swedish singer named Sparrow Lindgren; who records music under the name Doctors & Dealers. Yesterday, I received an email from a Swedish PR firm named The Red Turtle (who represents Doctors & Dealers), and in the email was a link to download a copy of her upcoming 3rd album, entitled Every Sinner Has A Future.
Initially, I figured the reason I’d received the email from Doctors & Dealers’ PR firm was because they’d somehow come across the piece I’d written about her. But in fact, the contact at the PR firm (Andrew) said that he hadn’t actually seen the piece, but was a fan of my site and wanted to see if I’d be interested in writing about the new album.
Well let me just say that, since downloading the album yesterday, I’ve been completely mesmerized. It’s clear that Sparrow and I have had similar life experiences, and the connection I feel to her through her painfully honest lyrics, is unlike anything I’ve ever felt with another artist. Seriously.
Which brings me to the album’s standout track, “All I Ever Told You Was Lies”..
The first time I heard it yesterday I thought “What a catchy, pretty song.” But subsequent listens have revealed a Spinning The Wheel-like biographical effect that actually caused me to burst into tears once I realized what the lyrics were about. Between Spinning The Wheel and, now, All I Ever Told You Was Lies, I’ve realized the pain I’ve caused others through being careless with my own life. I feel extremely thankful to have made it through that period of my life and some of the other songs on Every Sinner Has A Future lead me to believe that Sparrow is also headed in a positive direction, after years of personal hell.
When you dig as deep into the confessional as she’s done on this album, the lyrics probably end up writing themselves once you commit to telling the truth. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to thank her enough for being so honest about, what I’m sure she looks back on as, a very ugly period in her life. I don’t know that I’ve ever had an album take me on this kind of a journey through my past and into my current psyche. But I’m extremely grateful to Sparrow for basically writing a large portion of my biography, too, in the form of “Every Sinner Has A Future”.
Check out the heartbreaking video for “All I Ever Told You Was Lies” below.
*Doctors & Dealers’ 3rd album, Every Sinner Has A Future, comes out 28 June on Bluesong Records.
Every week on Fred Hystere we choose a new theme to go along with our Daily Classics. This week features 4 of Fred’s favorite vocalists of all-time and today is all about George Michael and his underrated classic, Spinning The Wheel.
George Michael, George Michael, George Michael…how fucking amazing is the voice of George Michael? I’ve written about him before while remembering his classic 90s jam, Freedom. But, today, I want to focus on my absolute favorite George Michael song ever recorded: Spinning The Wheel.
Chances are, if you’re American, you’re not all that familiar with Spinning The Wheel as it was the last single released off George Michael’s vastly under-promoted gem, Older. But, why do I love Spinning The Wheel so much? Well, the reason is almost masochistic, in a way.. let me explain..
Since turning 30 a couple of years ago, my life and mind have gone through a remarkable transformation that I don’t know if even my closest of friends will ever truly understand. I’ve written before about my struggles as a kid and the subsequent years of self-loathing and the belief that I wouldn’t ever even make it to my 30th birthday. The fact is, I treated myself like total shit because I truly felt like total shit. I slept around, partied for days, ate whatever I wanted and didn’t give a fuck what sort of toll any of it was taking on my body, mind and life. I suffered silently in shame and more or less lead a double-life, the extent to which no one else really knows..
But a couple of years ago, everything began to change. Maybe it was because I reached the ‘dead-end’ age of 30 years old that I thought I’d never make it to; or maybe it was the death of my father; or maybe it was the end of a long relationship.. Whatever the reason, I’m living life today happy, confident and hopeful about my future. I’m no longer ashamed of things that happened in my childhood and I barely even drink these days; mostly because I have this odd desire to be “present” that I never really imagined I’d ever have.
So what does this all have to do with George Michael’s “Spinning The Wheel”?
Well, let’s just say that if there was a song written to me from any of my exes that I dated before my 30th birthday, the lyrics probably would’ve gone something like this:
Five o’clock in the morning
You ain’t home I can’t help thinking that’s strange…
…I would rather be alone than watch you
Spinning that wheel for me
You’ve got a thing about danger
Ain’t you getting what you want from me
You’ve got a thing about strangers
Baby that’s what we used to be
You’ve got a thing about danger baby
I guess the hungry just can’t see
One of these days
You’re gonna bring some home to me
This song is the soundtrack to life before 30 and a constant reminder of why I’ll never go back to that time again and why I’ll be forever grateful that George Michael wrote these lyrics. Check out Spinning The Wheel below.
Every week on Fred Hystere we choose a new theme to go along with our Daily Classics. This week features 4 of Fred’s favorite vocalists of all-time and today is all about one of the best soul-singers in the history of music, Annie Lennox.
I feel weird attempting to fit all of the love and admiration I have for Annie Lennox into one measely post, but I’ll do my best. I should warn you, though, that this post may be kind of sad..
There are few artists out there that have the ability to seriously make me cry tears of joy while I listen to them and Annie Lennox is without a doubt one of those singers. One of my lifelong dreams has been to see her in concert and I came SO CLOSE a few years ago when she toured in support her 2007 album, Songs Of Mass Destruction.
I believe she played at The Apollo and I remember the tickets for the show selling out before I was able to purchase any and being extremely bummed about it. Back then I was making good money and decided to go on Ebay to see if I could score the tickets on there. I didn’t really care what the price was and I ended up paying close to $600 for myself and my ex to go see her. (Yes, $600..). The night of the show we were having really bad thunderstorms and my ex came home from work in a REALLY bad mood. He informed me that he didn’t want to go and I didn’t want to drive in the rain alone. I called as many friends as I could think of, but nobody was available. So I ended up not going. (To this day, it remains one of the saddest nights of my life..Seriously)
I’ve been a fan of Annie’s since her days in The Eurythmics and I have every single one of their albums, all the bonus tracks, etc. When they disbanded, I was actually REALLY excited to hear Annie’s solo work and was thrilled when Diva ended up living up to all my expectations when it was released in 1992. But for all of the amazing work Annie has done both with The Eurythmics and solo, my favorite album of hers is one of her most recent ones; 2003’s Bare.
In 2005, I lost my father, who was English, to brain cancer and then a few years later my ex and I called it quits after almost 6 years together. In both instances, the album I turned to was Bare. Every song on Bare is beautiful and many of them are extremely sad. Even though I’m an extremely optimistic person, and known among my friends as being the person to call when you need to get away from sadness, sometimes you just want to cry and I have shed more tears while listening to Bare than any other album.
My favorite track on Bare is one of the more uplifting songs, called Wonderful. But since Annie didn’t make any music videos for the release of Bare, I’m going to choose her video for “Walking On Broken Glass” as my Daily Classic. Enjoy.
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