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Incidentally, this is Cindy

September 22, 2012

Cindy Incidentally, an early 70s hit by Faces. Not Rod Stewart; not Rod Stewart and the Faces; not The Faces. Just – Faces. Obviously this matters.

It’s from the same vintage as Stay With Me, a blues-rock epic with one of the best intros ever. It beats me how the same person could have come up with both that gem and Do You Think I’m Sexy? (to which I refuse even to link). No, Rod, sorry: I don’t. And neither, I’m happy to say, does Mrs simonsometimessays.

She will forgive me for revealing that she is partial to Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice. I understand this is not uncommon. This partiality reaches a peak when Darcy and Elizabeth share a look across the room at Netherfield in a scene which begins with Jennifer Ehle singing (apparently) Voi che Sapete from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. Good choice of music there – contemporary and enduring – giving period, colour and an additional revenue stream from the CD.

Most modern TV drama has musical reference points somewhere in the audio files. Sometimes  on-screen – on the pub jukebox in Eastenders, or a car radio – but more frequently not. Once in a while the music comes more to the fore: so it was with the recent dramas Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. Helpfully, though I don’t recall how the shows’ names related to their content, they at least gave promise of some decent tunes from the 70s and 80s. (Bowie’s output in the 90s was less mainstream, so we’re not expecting a new retro-crime drama series in the same vein.)

And sometimes the music is the show. I found the soundtrack CD the other day to Hunting Venus,  a 90s comedy about a New Romantic revival and the re-forming of a The Venus Hunters. Revivals are an enthusiasm shared by people who were there and a new generation discovering a previous generation’s music. And a third group: those who should have been there, but weren’t; who were listening to Kenny Do the Bump when we should have been laying down our prog-rock heritage; who turned on to punk when punk turned off. Though really, that’s all nonsense: if having been there is so important to appreciation of the music we could never give a good account of Bach, Mozart, Puccini…

Hunting Venus was a vehicle of self-indulgence for the producers, I’m sure, and a feast of appropriate songs from artists of the era (check the picture). The culmination was the band performing their biggest hit, Starburst (dodgy lyrics, it has to be said: Jools Holland wrote it with his tongue straining to come out from his cheek). Calculated to appeal to people who either were New Romantics or wanted to be, Hunting Venus showcased part of the incidental music to the time.

Which makes me wonder – what will be the authentic incidental music from this time?

To be continued…


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  1. Who Let The Dogs Out? by the Baha Men. Without a doubt.

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