Recollection Collection......musical memories recalled with affection!
Edwyn Collins - 'A Girl Like You' (1995)
Edwyn Collins has a lot to answer for!
In the mid nineties I used to work as a pumped up cabin crew aboard the then prestigious environs of Eurostar (more Eurostar adventures here). Back when everybody was giddy with excitement about going through a tunnel for 20 minutes.
|And as you can see, I had an equally dazzling uniform! Phwoaaarr!|
When I'd mention this to friends, they'd often be like, "what's the problem? Get in there, she's a superior officer!". The problem was that she had a chin Jimmy Hill would have been proud of and I had a girlfriend I was particularly fond of. What's more, she kept calling me "my baby" and being twice my age, it just added to my discomfort as I was fairly content having a mother already.
|Jimmy Hill, King Chin!|
"Uh, yeah ok." I mumbled
The first track happened to be the Edwyn Collin's classic, 'A Girl Like You'. Halfway through the song she blurted out, "You've done this on purpose, this song is about me, isn't it?"
"Hmmm, no really it isn't!" I replied, mild panic settling in.
"I must borrow this tape!" she retorted, I reluctantly handed it over.
The crew reconvened for dinner at a cheap and cheerful station restaurant later that evening and the cabin crew equivalent of Kathy Bates in Misery was clearly overdressed for the occasion. Amusingly she wore her hair not too dissimilar to Princess Leia from Star Wars and I made the mistake of telling her exactly that.
"Ooh, listen everyone, Brian just called me a Princess!" She cooed.
"No, no really I didn't, I just....", I tried vainly to explain.
But it couldn't have been further from the truth, she was more suited as a villain in Jabba the Hutt's court than in the arms of the dashing Han Solo.
|Jabba the Hutt's court, there she's is, third from the left!|
I can't even remember her name or what happened to her afterwards as a result but ultimately I wasn't bothered, I was more pissed off that I didn't get my tape back.
|Nothing like the girl in question!|
What I didn't realise was how ill Edwyn Collins has been, suffering a series of strokes and cerebral haemorrhages back in 2005. With any hope of survival all but written off, he managed to recover somewhat and is able to tell the tale. A documentary of his life is being released on Nov 7th entitled, The Possibilities Are Endless. Powerfully inspiring stuff!
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Edwyn Collins - 'A Girl Like You'
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