Friday, May 27, 2011

Old Friend

In light of British alternative-rock group Pulp's upcoming reunion tour, and their first show in 15 years played on Wednesday night in France - I thought it would be fitting to post my favourite song of theirs. Classic and charming English vocals narrate a typical story of a seemingly lethal relationship that's so right, but also so wrong. Lead singer Jarvis Cocker explains his addiction to a toxic lady-love in what starts out as a lazy and twinkling opener, before building into an equally as addictive searing guitar, heavy percussion and "bring-it-on-home" sort of finale. This tune has one of the most contagious build-ups and wind-downs of all-time and is a truly understandable story - with lyrics (that we can certainly all relate to) like:

"I've done this before, and I will do it again/ Come on and kill me baby, while you smile like a friend/ And I'll come running, just to do it again/ You are the last drink I never should drunk/ You are the body hidden in the trunk/ You are the habit I can't seem to kick/ You are my secrets on the front page every week."


                          

"Like A Friend" - Pulp (1998)

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