Dear catastrophe waitress (Belle and Sebastian)
I’ve been listening to Belle and Sebastian since first seeing them play the theme from “Teachers” (The Boy with the Arab strap) at Glastonbury a few years back. I’ve not unearthed their back-catalogue yet but The Boy with the Arab strap ranks up there with my favourite albums.
Their latest disc, “Dear Catastrophe Waitress” combines more 60s influences, specifically the music of Simon and Garfunkel. Sprinkled in with that are nods to Thin Lizzy (I’m a Cuckoo) and Ashes to Ashes Bowie (Stay Loose). In fact “Stay Loose” is a real mishmash of postmodernism. You’ve got the Ashes to ashes style verses sung in a Ray Davies voice with choruses with chords straight out of The Jam’s finest moments. Indeed the line “I’m a little green” is sung in exactly the same way Paul Weller sings “Pretty Green”. Fantastically knowing stuff with sparkling production courtesy of Trevor (Buggles) Horn. With lyrics so vivid you can almost see the coat that the bloke in “Lord Anthony” is wearing.
Not content with releasing a splendid new album on us, they’ve also just released an access-all-areas DVD, Fans Only, that traces their history back to their limited edition art college first album, Tigermilk.