Wednesday, June 15, 2005

"Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't Have)?"

There's no messing around here. From the moment the song just materialises at full speed until the final note, this is a jittery, straight-ahead, clattering pop-punk classic. in fact, you'd be hard-pressed to call it a punk record at all: the pop sensibilities are too good, the harmonies (harmonies? on a punk song?) are terrific and the lyric is just perfect: "You spurn my natural emotions/You make me feel like dirt/And that hurts/And if I cause a commotion/I run the risk of losing you/And that's worse." And ever since this song, the boys-needs-girl thing has been a rich vein for writers to tap. Pete Shelley's voice is completely non-punk. It isn't a pop voice at all, in fact, but the beauty of punk was that you didn't have to have any kind of voice to sing. It's a vulnerable, whiny, needy kind of voice which means it fits the song like a glove. Two minutes and forty-three seconds of bliss.

1 comment:

sexylegs said...

Haven't we all...... I'm 40 odd and I'm still doing it!!! That feeling of insecurity when you know you need to say something... but are terrified that if you do he/she will leave.... and then the penny drops that they will leave anyway, irrespective of what you do or say.... so you keep quiet to keep it going, keep playing the game.... and prolongue the agony......

Great blog!