‘The Good Old Days’ - The Lodger
From Life Is Sweet (Slumberland / Bad Sneakers)
Distressing as the image may be, there are a few songs that I cannot hear without gyrating around my living room, arms waving and face grinning like a fool (even if only – perhaps thankfully - metaphorically speaking). ‘Simply Thrilled Honey’. ‘Pristine Christine’. ‘Keep The Circle Around’. ‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’. The list is pretty long to be honest. And ever changing, as these things should be. This year ‘The Good Old Days’ became firmly ensconced in that list. How could it not?
Now I rarely pay attention to the world of mainstream Pop, but occasionally something crops up and I shake my head in disbelief. For there seem to be so many indentikit indie bands, each interchangeable with the next; a conveyor belt of mediocrity and decay. And each time I wonder how on earth those groups got there, when there are groups like The Lodger turning out such exquisite Pop perfection. But then, hasn’t it always been thus? Remember what Sneaky Feelings sang:
“Every Sunday night at ten we’d sit and watch the music show end
And we’d discuss just how it was, how they got on instead of us…”
Amen to that. Same as it ever was.