Saturday, May 09, 2009

Songs of My Misspent Youth: Something About You

If there was any doubt I'm babbling on and on week after week about my life, the appearance of Level 42's biggest worldwide hit, Something About You should clear up the confusion.

This song changed my life. It's been twenty-three years since the first time I heard it, but every time I hear it it's a spring day--a nice one, not the overheated garbage we've had lately--and I have a song I love on the radio. A song I'd be willing to fight for, even. There is so much going on in this song you can hear something new on every listen.

I was obsessed with the video, too. I made a Barbie-sized yellow plaid suit, that's how obsessed I was. I started reading Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy because in an interview Mark King mentioned the name of the band came from that book. The good parts of 1986 all seem to involve listening to Level 42 and reading Douglas Adams.

The misspent part comes from where I didn't go ahead and write all the stuff I wanted to back then. What else was I doing, re-arranging my closet? Yeah, that was worthwhile. Pfft.

Again, embedding's been disabled so you'll need to go watch it here if you want to. You want to, trust me.


Ari said...

Ahh, Douglas Adams. A cornerstone of my sense of humor and fondness for the absurd, I think. May he rest in peace, or at least with a towel by his side.

BrideOfPorkins said...


Have you heard the author of the Artemis Fowl books is set to take over the Hitchhiker's series based on notes Douglas Adams had? I haven't gotten to read Artemis Fowl yet so I don't know if I'm happy about the news yet.