Sunday, August 14, 2016

Scott Walker: The Girls from the Streets

Scott Walker made the songs of Jacques Brel much better known in Britain. This, taken from Scott 2, was an attempt by Walker to write a Brel song himself.

I think it is safe to say I like it more than Then Play Long does:
The deliberately leaden procession of the verses, combined with words like "Snap! The waiters animate, luxuriate like planets whirling ‘round the sun," suggest a predication of Gary Numan, but the transition into the choruses sounds a little forced and its hideous Light Programme backing singers and accordion are more in keeping with Benny Hill avec comedy beret; it tries to be greater, more ambitious, than Brel, but Walker hasn’t yet worked out how to pull it off.

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