Love Or Something!

And this song definitely picks you up and transports you right into the middle of modern Irish and I - mean Irish! - pop music. Lots of violin, accordion, the perfect beat to dance to. A very cheery love song, I guess. One thing that I think is quite interesting is the one lyrical (unintentional?) reference to Rat Trap. Both songs have a middle-eight section (don't quite know if that's the right musical term, maybe its simply called a break or something) in which the lyrics revolve about walking and talking:

Rat Trap: It tells you walk - dont walk - walk - dont walk - Talk - dont talk - talk - dont talk

Love Or Something: She drifts away (talk, talk, baby whaddya say. She walks away (walk, walk baby why dont you stay)

I wouldn't know what those two songs have in common, except for being written by the same musical genius, but nonetheless I noticed. Did you? Apart from that I just love listening to Bob speaking French at the end of the song. It sounds a great mix of funny and sexy, I think!

 The Great Song Of Indifference

For those who don't know the story of this song, as far as I know the band where just playing around in the studio when one or all of them came up with this catchy, diddly melody. At that time there were no lyrics to the song whatsoever and Bob just sang what came to his mind on the spur of the moment. 'Are we rolling?' Yes, the tape machine is rolling, so here we go. Take it slow, to begin with but make sure the song builds itself up and up and up. And as soon as accordion and violin kick in, we got them all square dancing!

(Even I'm stumping my feet, writing this now!) This song is so very Irish, it sounds like it must been around for ages. When I first heard it, I think I was convinced that this was the cover version of a traditional Irish folk song. Listening to the lyrics, I thought, 'Nah, maybe it's not "I don't mind if the Third World fries, it's hotter there, I'm not surprised. Baby I can whatch whole nations die and I don't mind at all". not quite what starving Ireland in the late 1800s was concerned about So maybe an old tune with new lyrics? Neither. As it turned out The Great Song Of Indifference is (was in 1990!) a brand new song that just blended in perfectly with anything Irish.  I love the way the band cracks up laughing at the end of the song. It really brings across the spirit and mood the band must have been in, in that particular day in the studio. As Bob told us on his recent tour this whole album was recorded in a couple of weeks. After putting out Deep In The Heart Of Nowhere he wanted a total change. He hired a number musician he'd never met before and book a cheap studio for two weeks, entering the studio with not much of a concept. 'If the project failed I wasn't wasting much money, because the studio was cheap and the time we spent there was limited. If the project worked out: Great! The album would still be cheap but good, too, Bob said. I'm sure he must have been very satisfied with the outcome of this session.

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