“Sincerely, S. Love x” (o beijo é para ser dito) é o segundo álbum a solo de Simon (o seu disco de estreia de 2015 “It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time” foi editado na brilhante e agora extinta editora Fortuna Pop) e apresenta, pelo menos, dez hits. Hits pop, com harmonias ELO, produção Spectoresque, cordas e trompetes, etc. Tudo gravado nos últimos dois anos em Londres, Inglaterra.
#1 God Bless The Dick Who Let You Go
This song was written as a wedding present for my wife. It’s not only heartfelt but really cheap too. In return she got me a copy of “Yesterday And Today” by the Beatles with the “Butcher” cover. She won that. I really did come from a dream where I sang the most amazing song but when I woke up I couldn’t remember it.
#2 The Ballad Of Simon Love
This was meant to be like a Silver Jews sort of song with me recounting my life to date. It came out a little less spectacular than I expected.
#3 Joey Ramone
A love song to a hero. The lyrics were originally written for a song from The School’s second LP. I asked Mark (my keyboard player who produced and mixed the record) to make it sound like a Phil Spector production. He did this by adding loads of reverb to the drums. It’s that easy!
#4 Stephen Timothy West
This came from a real letter to the Blue Peter (a kids’ TV programme in Britain) presenter John Noakes when it was announced he was leaving the show. It’s my imagined reply trying to explain how everything changes and nothing stays to the same to an 8 year old boy in the nicest possible way.
Another love song for my wife. It’s about when you can’t put into words how much you love someone and only swearing will do. We tried to do Beach Boys backing vocals on this but they sound a bit weird. I really love the Spagetti Western instrumental bit in this and all the parts with A Little Orchestra. They add a lot of lovely textures to this whole record.
#6 Tennis Fan
The first song recorded for the LP and released as part of an EP in 2016. It’s a power ballad with a bad pun for a chorus. I love doing this one live as we do an instrumental coda where everyone gets to show off and make a lot of noise.
#7 Golden Boy
This about someone I used to have to pretend to be friends with. The middle “Why are you wearing a hat indoors” section is because he very suspiciously wears a hat everywhere now. Like he’s hiding something. It ends with a recording I made on a bus on my way home one night which leads directly into…
#8 (Why'd You Get That) Tattoo Girl?
A true life story of a tattoo (“Thank You For Loving Me”) I saw on a girls back on the same bus a few years ago. I was amazed that anyone would have that written on them forever! It really played on my mind for days afterwards so I exorcised it by writing this song. Originally it was a lot slower and sounded more like an Elton John song but The Old Romantics jazzed it up a bit.
#9 All This Dicking Around (Is Bringing Me Down)
This song encapsulates the first half of 2014 for me. I was miserable and I didn’t know if up was down or vice versa. It was the last song recorded for the LP about 3 weeks before we had to deliver it to Tapete. It’s one of my favourites but we’ve rearranged it for live performances now so it’s got a lot more punch. With a few lyric changes it’ll be the next single complete with a “Let It Be” style video.
#10 Not If I See You First
Written to be the “hit” single it rightfully became. The first demo was a slow reverb full version (like the version on the “b-side” of the single) and went through a Motown style beat demo before coming out a bit Smithsy. It’s got some of my favourite lyrics in it (“You’ve made your bed now you can go and get fucked in it”) and the title of the whole LP “Sincerely, S. Love x”
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