I must apologise for the next paragraph. It does relate to today’s song, but it is long and you’re under no obligation to read it.
I don’t know why, but I’m currently in a huge music book reading phase. I’ve been buying music books left, right, and centre. I can’t get enough of ’em. It started when I received the Keith Richards autobiography, Life, for Christmas (thanks, family!). I didn’t enjoy it (thanks anyway*, family!), so I quickly moved on to something else. I pounced on Starman: David Bowie – The Definitive Biography, and enjoyed it. Next was the fascinating Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music. Then Legendary Guitarists & Their Guitars (great photos). And then Hunter Davies’ hallowed Beatles biography (I hadn’t read that one since 1979 and lost my copy years ago so I bought the updated one – now it’s even more fabulous). I’m happy to say that those books more than made up for the sour taste that Life left. There are a few more books on the bookshelf I haven’t gotten around to reading yet, such as 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die, Sid Vicious: Rock and Roll Star, and Touch Me, I’m Sick: The 52 Creepiest Love Songs You’ve Ever Heard (thanks for the donation, sis!), but I hope to get my eager eyes on to them soon. At the moment, though, I’m reading Together Alone, a biography of the Finn brothers (Tim and Neil), and I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s prompted me to revisit the discographies of the Finn brothers (solo and together) and Split Enz. I’m loving those Split Enz albums all over again, especially the early ones. Because of this Split Enz listening frenzy (sorry about that, Enz fans), most of their early songs are stuck in my head. And a fair amount of those are from the band’s third album, Dizrythmia. Of all the Split Enz albums, Dizrythmia may very well be my favourite. (It’s the one I return to most often.) This is one of its tracks:
Split Enz – “Sugar And Spice” (1977)
I love Dizrythmia.
The next book I want to get my greedy eyeballs on is Highway to Hell: The Life and Death of Bon Scott, which means there’ll probably be an AC/DC song here before too long.
By the way, apart from that Hunter Davies biography of The Beatles my favourite music biography is Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of ABBA by Carl Magnus Palm. It’s eye-opening.
(*I really wanted to read Life, so the family did a lovely thing handing it over at Christmas time.)