Scott Walker RIP

Back in the long hot summer of 1995 I went down to Glastonbury for a weekend of fun and games, with a couple of friends, Denise and Joe who were driving down. We were travelling in a battered old car which groaned with our stuff but spirits were high as we left Leicester to hit the M69 to head to the South West. As we approached Coventry Joe stuck on the one tape we had for the trip which was a copy of the Best of Scott Walker and as he stuck it in, and pressed play the first chinks of sunrise broke as this played.

It was the sign it was going to be a good weekend.

By this point in the mid 90’s, Walker had gained an appreciation among the Indie kids who weren’t having the dull boot heel of Britpop kicking them in the head, though folks like myself grew up with Walker’s music. Basically if you grew up in the 70’s and your family had taste you’d normally head one Walker tune all the time. Mine was Jackie.

But the king was this one.

No Regrets was my drunken pulling song along with Blondie’s Atomic for years in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Those were the days.

What I’m basically saying is that Scott Walker is dead but his music won’t die. Walker has been with me musically for more or less my entire life. His music was there during some amazingly memorable times and still will because just listen to the man sing on songs like this…

I mean, just fuck, listen to it! If that song doesn’t move you a bit then you have no soul.

But the sun won’t shine anymore for him and it’s only fitting to close this with this performance of a Jacques Brel song…

3 thoughts on “Scott Walker RIP

  1. Oh Yes, I’ve always enjoyed his earlier music. The later Brel and other material didn’t do it for me.
    It’s those earlyish, great tunes and that amazing voice that I prefer to remember.
    And just to be a bit controversial, I much prefer the original version of Living Above Your Head, by Jay and The Americans, to the Walker Bros, very good though it is. I do admit to being a huge fan of Jay Black’s voice.
    It’s a bit like Walk Away Renee as I always prefer the original by The Left Banke, over the Four tops cover. And that’s despite the lead vocals being so different. Levi’s strong voice just doesn’t seem right for this beautiful, wee song. Whereas Martin’s vocals seem sadder and more suited.

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