Music Spotlight | Genesis – Mama

Can’t you feel my heart?

When I was little, my parents had an CD called “The Best Rock Album in the World…Ever!” It was my favourite. I listened to Crazy Crazy Nights by Kiss over and over. More Than A Feeling was my jam.

There were two songs on this album that gave me the first taste of what music can do, because they were so dark and insidious sounding to my four-year-old brain that they genuinely terrified me. One was Inside by Stiltskin.

The other was Mama.

Originally believed by some people (including the band’s manager) to be from the point of view of a foetus pre-abortion, it’s actually about a young man who has an Oedipal obsession with an older prostitute. It’s been over twenty years since I first heard it and between the sinister drum track, the synth, that laugh and what sounds like Phil Collins having a nervous breakdown halfway through it still makes the back of my neck prickle every time I listen to it.

Here’s the video. C R E E P Y.

Anyway, I know it’s deeply uncool for some reason but I really like Phil Collins. Peace.

Music Spotlight | Grimes – Belly of the Beat

I was introduced to Grimes during the Jukebox Game in the car on the way to GP Liverpool last year. The Jukebox Game is how I like to handle the music choices on long road trips with multiple car occupants: everyone takes a turn picking a song and I man the Spotify account. Dave asked for Belly of the Beat, and I was HOOKED.

I love Grimes’ voice and how she can go from cute to aggressive to plain weird in the space of one song, but Belly of the Beat is ethereal and floaty sounding and a hard shot through my veins speaking right to my soul at the same time.

“And you never get sad, and you never get sick, and you never feel weak…”

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