Have you listened to You’re The Best Thing by The Style Council recently?
I had completely forgotten what an utterly brilliant and wonderful track this is.
Why? It’s not just the overt message in the song (love you, Mr Tracks!). It’s also that the track communicates perfectly the idea that it is so important to value what you have now (and not ‘chase the rainbow’s end‘). It blends skilfully and beautifully the lyrics with the smooth, undulating music. Just calm down is the message; take it easy and look around you – things aren’t so bad. Quite the opposite. It’s the simple things in life that are the most important.
I was not a particular fan of Paul Weller and The Jam the first time around, in the late 70s/early 80s. They were a bit too punk for my ABBA- and generally pop-tuned ears in those days. But over the years, I have come to appreciate their work more. Tracks like That’s Entertainment and Going Underground are enduring classics.
It was a different matter, however, when Paul Weller formed The Style Council in 1983. This group had a completely different, laid back and more accessible sound. Tracks like Shout To The Top, My Ever Changing Moods and Headstart for Happiness are fabulous up-tempo numbers. And there are plenty of more measured tracks in a similar vein to You’re The Best Thing, such as The Whole Point Of No Return and Paris Match. I was hooked from the start and it is so nice to be reminded just how good this stuff is.
it is the ultimate wallowing music. Great for putting one’s feet up with a nice glass of wine, a cosy fire and a good book. Especially during these dark wintry nights. And for my friends in the Southern hemisphere, it is sufficiently languid to work in the summer heat too! Timeless in every sense. Enjoy 🙂