My mp3 player randomly played this track whilst i was buying ice cream on Sunday afternoon in Asda. It was the perfect choice for that moment, I suppose it could have played The La's There She Goes, or the Velvet's Heroin, or even The Strangler's Golden Brown...
Not that i am battling an addiction to Haagen Dazs, but my mind was still heavy with images from the lysergic film Requiem For A Dream ("Plot Outline: The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island individuals are shattered when their addictions become stronger" @IMDb) which i had watched in the early hours.
Anyone who has seen it will tell you, it is hardly a glamourisation of drug use, but when X Hits The Spot started up in the supermarket, for my ears only, the first scenes from the film to come to mind were those moments of ecstacy after a fix -when nothing matters, especially as Michael Head sings "what happened to all my furniture..." so matter of factly like he couldn't really give a shit.
I know the story of Shack and Micheal Head And The Strands was told frequently in the UK press when HMS Fable was released in '99 (check the Archive at Shacknet), but as people read this blog from all over the world i wondered if many beyond the UK were aware of this album?
The Magical World Of The Strands is an album that really endures, but then again, like the band, i always had an unhealthy obsession with Love's Forever Changes (their first band was called The Love Fountains in the early '80s before they became The Pale Fountains) so i suppose i am biased.
(click here to buy The Magical World Of The Strands from AmazonUK)