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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, December 06, 2004
    Ready to be heartbroken
     
    They're all going on about Band Aid at the moment but the other current 20th anniversary re-release interests me more: Lloyd Cole and the Commotions' Rattlesnakes. As Rough Trade put it, 'Rattlesnakes' was originally released in October 1984 and was a student bedsit classic because of its blend of smart, ironic lyrics and sympathetic pop influences (Big Star, Byrds, the Velvets and Creedence Clearwater Revival). And yup, that's precisely its place on the soundtrack to my life. There I was, in a room of my own:

    Looking like a born again
    Living like a heretic
    Listening to arthur lee records
    Making all your friends feel so guilty
    About their cynicism


    That was before Band Aid, of course. After that, even I, occasionally, felt guilty about my cynicism.