Monday, March 22, 2010

Marling Monday / Songs About Shagging



I think you all know how much I like the music of Laura Marling. Her debut was in my top 10 of the 00s, and its very likely the follow up will show highly in this years top ten.

Marling has taken the folk-pop songs of her past and given them a 4000volt-mumfordite shock, boosting them into the realms of the unreal, like at the 1.20 mark of the song above when things really go stratospheric. The closing song of the LP "I Speak Because I Can" is so emotionally charged that it quite took me aback the first time I heard it.

I couldn't post the official video for "Devil's Spoke" but this recent live session version is very good. Why is it that when women write songs about shagging it turns out awesome, but when men do, it turns out Def Leppard. Answers on a postcard, please, or a blog comment.

26 comments:

saneshane said...

Lenny Cohen sings about shagging quite a lot, I'd class that as Def Lep personified..

...is it 'What we wrote' that sounds remarkably like Mr.Cohens style on the new CD?

the song 'I Speak Because I Can' at the end is special indeed...

so far so lovely, I need more listens to let it sink in..

(shoeys albums of the month task is sending me slightly crazy!!)


ta for L.S.W.D.Cornflake by the way.. aces... when he sings "I'd do anything to get my dick inside her" the similarity to Def Lep is astounding!

and what about 'Young Love' (featuring Laura Marling) by Mystery Jets?
sounds like a nameless one night stand shag song to me....

'Answers on a postcard, please, or a blog comment' you sure?.. he he he

Shoegazer said...

It better be good, as she is responsible for turning Noah & the Whale from happy go lucky whimsical to yet another turgid breakup album.

Blimpy said...

@shane the line "i'd do anything to get my" is delivered so matter of factly, and without any bravado, that it is refreshing. he's jut being honest with his thoughts.

but with young love, there's the love element - he's not just sowed his seed and blown the coop - he's tryna find the girl he loves - and doesnt every relationship start with a one night stand?

Blimpy said...

@shoey - just wait til she dumps mumford; their next LP will be 45 minutes of pure abject sobbing, with the sound of a banjo being kicked over right at the end!!

Blimpy said...

all this kinda reminds me of the time one of the Von Bondies warned me about Meg being a total maneater. Hard to believe, isn't it?

Blimpy said...

Ramble....

steenbeck said...

Hmmm... why would Blimpy prefer a song about shagging as sung by a pretty young woman he might have a slight crush on? hmmm...puzzling...

DarceysDad said...

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!

saneshane said...

they were the quickest examples to hand Blimpy..

the withered Hand songs are so honest sounding.. that it is unbelievably different, not in a woe is me feel my pain way.. just matter of fact - the 'futon' line is just great! but a lot of songs are about shagging.. or not shagging but wanting too.. the Mystery Jets song is as you say- doesn't every relationship start with a one night stand- yep start or finish.
and then you write songs about it - male writers or female, can be crass/crap or awesome...

saneshane said...

I was about to add that I'd bet steen would prefer a scuzzy sounding blokes vocal (as pointed out on a JP post) to a females..

but her comment is better.


DsD.. is that the sound of you being pushed over the edge?

Blimpy said...

@shane - i couldn;t agree more; that's one of the reasons WH is so special!

i think what i was trying to get at is; the refrain that Laura sings "eye to eye, toe to toe, ripping off each others clothes in the most peculiar way" if sung by a man, would have to be Morrissey to get away with it - but Moz would never be so vulgar to plainly mention sex in such a fashion.

Blimpy said...

?? Darce? Are you okay??

An internet elf said...

* DsD's chair is empty; he's gone to bed to see if DsMam is still awake ... *

Blimpy said...

@steen - who do you prefer then? to serenade you with songs about sheer animal passion?

Blimpy said...

sheer animal passion - wasn't that a Suede song?

That has now resolved my question.

The only male band that could sing about shagging in a direct fashion without coming over all Def Leppard are indeed Suede. Yep.

steenbeck said...

Teehee - Shane's quite right. I could make you a list...

Suede's not on it, but only because I don't know a single suede song.

Blimpy said...

some druggy council flat raw passion sex from suede:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LNA_kbJi7g

and some woozy pervy druggy sex from suede:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDyKYlMunQk

Blimpy said...

now, i wonder if darce is out the shower yet, cos i need a cold one!

saneshane said...

Moz blotted his copy book (so to speak) with between thighs mentions..

I've now imagined those lines "eye to eye, toe to toe, ripping off each others clothes in the most peculiar way" sung by various male vocalists - I've now put "bloody your hands on a cactus tree, wipe them on your dress and send it to me" (pixies 'Cactus') in front of it... and I might have disturbing dreams!

night all.

ejaydee said...

"but when men do, it turns out Def Leppard"
That's not true of all men singers, I mean what about R. Kelly's last single, "I Wanna Get You Pregnant" I think it was called?
"Never felt nothing like this,
Shes more than a mistress enough to handle my buisness,
Now put that girl in my kitchen,

Girl you make me wanna get you pregnant,
That’s what I told her,
Girl you make me wanna get you pregnant,
Lay your body down and get you pregnant,
Like you are,
Knock you up, pregnant,"

No?

B-Mac said...

@ejay - i think he's singing in some sort of hip-hop / r&b code - he probably wants a cannabis joint or "reefer" as the kids refer to them these days...

steenbeck said...

Shoot! Just lost a comment. It was the powers-that-be telling me not to poke fun at R. Kelly.

For me, the pinnacle is Tom Jones singing Sex Bomb. It's all pretty much downhill from there.

Abahachi said...

(small voice) I like Def Leppard...

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B-Mac said...

@aba - i like def leppard too! c'mon - let's get let's get let's get ROCKED!

Do you like Andrew WK? He's a (post) modern one-man Def Leppard.

ejay said...

B, maybe like Tracy Jordan form 30 Rock, he loves this joint so much, he wants to take it behind the school and make it pregnant.