Unceremonious Splendour

Unceremonious splendour

Thunder… Thunder and… lightning… Pause. Crash.

Last night, over to the west, drifting out in the early hours. Brampford Speke church tower silhouetted in the flashes. Every time now, for a handful of decades, every time I hear thunder these lines tease my head. “One drop of rain on the back of my hand…” It was Verlaine at first of course but in my heart it is always Langley… breaking, breaking…  Chris Roberts described the thrill best. Something about “ravishing green fingers playing hoopla with halos” and dancing on throats. Well quite.

The sweetest thing about love is how it re-configures itself, re-invents itself, winks in the darkening evening light and says ‘remember this?’ You fall into yourself and its arms. It’s not as though you had forgotten, just that you hadn’t necessarily remembered.

Blink the sleep from your lips and kiss the morning. Dance on the treetops. The world might well be fucked, but you, you’ve got this. Tie a knot in your teardrops.

Silver Rays – Animals That Swim (you’ll find it on iTunes)
It Hurts Me Too – My Teenage Stride (Bandcamp)
They Don’t Know – Kirsty MacColl (you don’t have this already?! Buy the Best Of on Amazon )
Gruesome Castle – Wild Nothing (Soundcloud)
Plastic Flowers – The Wake (from the Here Comes Everybody and Singles reissue on LTM)
What a Pleasure – Beach Fossils (Soundcloud)
Strange Girl – duplodeck (Bandcamp)
Unceremonious Splendour – Sleuth (Bandcamp)
Punk Means Cuddle – Tsunami (find it on the World Tour and Other Destinations set)
Little Surprise – The Wave Pictures (Soundcloud)
Words Fail Me (Acoustic) – Chris T-T (you’ll find it on iTunes)
For My Mother – Let’s Wrestle (from new album ‘Nursing Home’ which you can pre-order now from Amazon)
Teenager – Apache Dropout (Bandcamp)
Lawrence – Girls Names (from the ‘Dead To Me’ set on Slumberland)
Fields and Fields – Family Cactus (Bandcamp)
High School Lover – Oregon Bike Trails (Bandcamp)
Doppelganger – Freezepop (free from their site)
Ready To Go Steady – The Go! Team (YouTube it, dude)
On A Breeze – Ghost Wave (a blog has it here…)
Breaking In My Heart – The Blue Aeroplanes (one version is on the old vinyl edition of ‘friendloverplane’ and another is on the ‘Warhol’s 15’ CD compilation, both out of print. Go and dig around, see what you can find…)

2 thoughts on “Unceremonious Splendour

  1. >>> these lines tease my head. “One drop of rain on the back of my hand…” It was Verlaine at first of course but in my heart it is always Langley… breaking, breaking… Chris Roberts described the thrill best. Something about “ravishing green fingers playing hoopla with halos” and dancing on throats. <<<
    what are you referring to here, Duke? I don't think I have heard this line or whoever you are saying wrote or sang it.

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  2. The reference is to the song ‘Breaking In My Heart’, originally by Tom Verlaine on his debut solo album, then later covered by Blue Aeroplanes. The Chris Roberts lines of prose are from his delicious sleeve notes for the Blue Aeroplanes ‘Friendloverplane’ compilation album.

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