Just a snippet tonight*. I had a real revelation today on my commute, one so profound that I clapped my hands really loudly and said ‘Yesss’ quite quietly – trust me on an English train in the morning, that’s pretty much the equivalent of standing on the town hall steps, dropping your trousers and shouting ‘Check it out ladies! Never knowingly undersold!’, anywhere else in the world.
The cause of my awfully un-British outburst? well something old and something new. I bought a second-hand 7″ copy of T-Rex Get It On in February 1987, knocking on for almost 28 years ago, because I’d heard it was great and because it was 50p. The A side thrilled my 15 year-old nuts off, the B-side ‘Debora’, all whimsy warbling and bongos gives me the dry heaves. Anyway the point being is that I’ve lived with this song for 2/3 of my life and as you do when you only own 6 other records, I played the living shite out of it.
My joint first record of this year** was T-Rex Electric warrior, my second ever T-Rex record – I bought the deluxe reissue 2LP version with great sleevenotes and bonus tracks etc etc. So I was listening to it on my Guy Pod this morning and at the very, very end of ‘Get It On’ when everyone’s favourite elfin glam warrior half sings, half sighs ‘meanwhile I’m still thinkin”, I suddenly twig after all this time that this is a lift/homage to Chuck Berry ‘Little Queenie’ and that’s what made me drop my trousers, metaphorically speaking.
It’s so strange that I have only noticed this now after all this time because I listen to both tracks pretty regularly, particularly ‘Little Queenie’ because its on my Car-aoke playlist, you’ll never ever hear it, but trust me I give the best vocal performance of this song ever. True story.
So there you go, another reason I quite like music, sometimes. It thrills me that even your most played tracks can show you new things occasionally, it’s a thing of constant wonderment and joy.
… and meanwhile I’m still thinkin’
498 Down (still)
*damn kids hogging the PC for homework reasons – what’s up with them? have they never listened to punk? surely they should be sticking it to the man, rather than studying?!
**along with Slayer Reign In Blood, future biographers.