September

Woah- my thighs don’t work very well this morning. My arse has more or less survived the ride though, you’ll be pleased to know. One hundred miles in six hours and eleven minutes. I’m well chuffed. Thanks again to those who sponsored me. Our team total in raising money for The Christie currently stands at just shy of two thousand pounds.

September always seems to me as the month of change, more than any other except January (and January is pretty grim really). The end of summer, the start of Autumn, the nights noticeably drawing in, back to school… The weather forecast for this week is really good, naturally, after a wet and chilly August. September Gurls by Big Star is inexplicably great, those crashing chords, heart wrenching lyrics and general sense of love lost, the one that got away. I love it, and I’m not an especially big fan of Big Star.

September Gurls

September Gurl

I’ve never quite been able to figure out quite why Big Star are held in such high esteem by certain middle aged men. The first album baffled me when I first got it, twenty years ago. It just sounded like southern boogie to me and I expected so much more. On the other hand there¬†are¬†some great tunes on the second album (Radio City) and Third/Sister Lovers has got its moments.

September Gurls is an absolutely beautiful little guitar song, ragged and yearning, a real head turner (and yes, it did provide Teenage Fanclub with the template for Bandwagonesque, but that’s fine). George posted September Gurls a few weeks ago, so I’ll provide you instead with this cover version by The Bangles, from back in the mid-80s. They smoothed it out, glossed it up a bit, Rickenbackers chiming away.

September Gurl

Susanna Hoffs didn’t actually sing September Gurls, fellow Bangle Michael Steele did. Susanna isn’t a September gurl, she’s a January gurl, birthday-wise. I just looked it up. It has stunned me somewhat to realise that Susanna Hoffs is 55.

As of today we’re off on holiday for a week, back late on Easter Monday, so most likely I won’t post anything until the Tuesday. Hopefully you can manage without my meandering waffle for a week. However, if you do happen to pop in here while I’m away you will get to look at this picture of Susanna Hoffs, so it’s not all bad is it?