Sunday, 27 November 2011

Mr.Anderton will lead me to it.......perhaps

RE: LC's reference posts,
The only thing I can imagine LC was referring to here, given the context of this song and the social climate in the UK at that point, would be a certain Chief Constable James Anderton, who at the time had slammed AIDS suffers as "swirling about in a human cesspit of their own making" and adding to the mass paranoia surrounding the condition at this point in time. I understand that Polydor had some issues with the band's inclusion of this song on Mainstream because of its standpoint, but that LC had stuck to his guns and the LP was issued with it on, to be honest it would be very hard to imagine Mainstream without this closing track. Any how that's the best I can offer on this one.
As for Jules et Jim ! Don't know how I didn't ever make that connection, I studied the bloody thing in detail and wrote several essays on it during a film/media studies A level in the early 90's! the record sitting in my collection all the time. I could have kept that quiet obviously, but hey, it was more my style to get sand kicked in my eyes.
 Jules et Jim  directed by Francois Truffaut 1962 -see LC's speedboat "Jules said to Jim why don't we jump in, while the water's clean and we are still friends?"
And thanks to Nicky who commented " Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel, the song "June is bustin' out all over" is the first line of Vin Ordinaire from The Negatives!  ..........
George Jones country singer
  LC sings on To the Church "can't you find me some George Jones on your radio?" . After failing to turn up to many concerts due to his various addictions and tempestuous relationships Jones earned himself the moniker 'No show Jones'. the church, indeed!


  1. Wow! I'm learning more and more each day about these evocative lyrics. Nicky well done on the George Jones reference, and the answer, so apt in this song.

    To find out more about Mr Anderton was interesting, and beyond what I could find swallowed up in more recent mentions of Mr Anderson-(agent Smith) Looking at the story behind the reference the name seems very relevant to the song.

    Knowing the way Lloyd forms his songs just beyond the simple shows song craft at its finest. It has been interesting hearing early versions of songs that are constantly crafted in this way and evolved. The depth compared to much current material is amazing and given so much more depth.

    Regards and thanks to you both,

    sigggy-my anonymous aka

  2. When I mention lyrical depth I mean current chart material, not Lloyd's work, which still attains the high standards as ever.

  3. You lie in the heat of a summer haze
    And turn it into a winter's tale

    Lloyd Cole Loveless, inspired by Eric Rohmer Four Seasons

  4. More recent references to films and books-

    Rhinestones-(Broken Record)

    'Because you know where that bridge too far leads'
    A Bridge too Far

    and the Godfather-