THURSDAY I'M IN LOVE....A CHANCE FOR ME TO SHARE SOME GOLD THAT FLASHES ON MY SOUL!!
Air - Playground Love (1999)
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be cuddled by a Wookie, then I think 'Playground Love' would be the closest thing to it. Although I really like Air, I always thought they were a bit hit and miss, I loved their first album Moon Safari and the odd single here and there but that's about it. I remember first hearing this song when visiting a mutual friend with Sfw, in the glamorous environs of Derby. After a rowdy night out, we returned to our pal's house for a final nightcap, the video came on MTV and we all sat in silence transfixed at the beautiful melodic song emanating from the telly, melting into our disgusting cordial cocktails when the Sax came in. It's sweeping strings and hushed vocals create a real melancholic atmosphere of what I interpret to be about yearning after a high school crush, the pain of wanting to be noticed...hmmm, probably not, what do I know, my record was wholly unspectacular anyway.
'Playground Love' is taken from Air's second album and soundtrack to Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides, it's an all time favourite and without fail, goosepimples me every time. What I didn't realize was that Gordon Tracks, who provided the vocals was a pseudonym used by Thomas Mars, front man for French Indie band, Phoenix. A pleasant surprise then as not only am I a fan, Phoenix have also recorded a fabulous version of 'Playground Love' which may warrant an extra free squeeze from any Wookie you come across.
Phoenix - 'Playground Love'
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THURSDAY I'M IN LOVE - Air - 'Playground Love'
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