‘Tallahassee Bop’ – Slow Down Tallahassee
From The Beautiful Light (Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation)
In some respects it’s a shame that ‘Tallahassee Bop’ became that song that I always came back to (the one that always got onto the mixes, the radio shows, the club night playlists) because so much of The Beautiful Light, with its infatuations of fifties bubblegum Pop refracted through an eighties indiepop fuzzbox, was very nearly as strong. As albums go, it was certainly one of the sweetest selection boxes around, with one of the most scrumptious slices of confection imaginable at its core.
‘Tallahassee Bop’ just grabbed me the first time I heard it. I couldn’t get past it. Had to keep hitting ‘repeat’. Had to keep shimmying around the room. I still do. And that moment, at around 2.05 in, when there is a tiny shuffle in time. A small pause. Handclaps. And then back into the groove. Well, see that moment? Those few seconds? They are the epitome of great Pop. All songs should have such moments. The fact that they follow that moment with the lines “my heart is a broken and black ’65 Cadillac full of thunder and gasoline” is merely a mind-blowingly brilliant bonus.
“I’ll see you in my dreams, making those eyes at me, I’ll go with you daddyo…”