Catching up on forty years. 1996: Rotterdam (or Anywhere) – The Beautiful South
Sometimes simplicity wins over all.
When the Housemartins went their separate ways in the late 80s (trust me, Happy Hour was all set to be THE song for 1985, to be pipped at the post by The Queen and The Soldier), the more northern contingent formed The Beautiful South, while plain old Norman Cook transformed himself in to Fat Boy Slim. Paired with different female singers over the next two decades The Beautiful South turned out a selection of stripped back ‘unplugged’ numbers, each wrapped with their own clever lyrics and stories.
Rotterdam (Or Anywhere) is a little cryptic in it’s meanings. At the heart is loneliness, and that wherever you travel how you feel will follow you. It’s sound though is pure simplicity, a little jaunt along the street with a guitar and a beautiful voice. And so is the video
Everything But The Girl’s Missing ran a very close second for song of ’96.
In the wider world five very energetic Spice Girls came along and claimed 1996 for themselves (Wannabe as a runner-up for song of the year?).
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