Went to Exeter at the weekend where I spent hours in Top Man assisting my eldest in sorting his prom gear (whatever happened to school discos?). He went for a cool dinner jacket, skinny black trousers and almost-winkle-pickers. Much later, I listened to an old Kate Bush compilation and Wuthering Heights came on. This led to me thinking about other songs about books and writing. Having googled for some ideas I discovered there are many, many such lists. Kate Bush is on all of them, as you’d expect.
Here are some of my favourites:
1. Eurythmics Sex Crime (Nineteen Eighty Four) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcTP7YWPayU
Chose this because 1984 was such a cool year to be at school (and incidentally the year of my O levels and hence my own school disco/ball/prom thing).
2. Elvis Costello Everyday I Write the Book http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfFunjzyIsE
Maybe not the most Elvis of Elvis songs but my favourite.
3. Kate Bush Wuthering Heights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW3gKKiTvjs
Got to love that red dress, brought back to life recently by Noel Fielding.
4. The Smiths Cemetery Gates http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfGJWb9OPug
Coolest of the cool
5. Muse The Small Print http://www.musewiki.org/The_Small_Print_(song)
Our hometown boys.
Just some random, slightly connected thoughts.