Skinny Genes

24 12 2011

Repeat readers will not be surprised to hear I have a thing for clever lyrics. Word play. Double entendres. Puns. Rich tapestry of words. The whole nine yarns, as it were. 🙂

I also have this thirst for learning new things. A love of technology. And a lousy sense of direction. The internet is therefore the perfect playground. It’s full of new stuff, easy to take a wrong turn, and almost guaranteed to present you with something new. Some of it is even true!

Enter Coldplay. My family went to watch them in downtown Vancouver a little while ago. They’re also all ticketed up and ready for their return to BC next April, by the way. Anyway, I was poking around to see what they were up to and idly thinking of Gwyneth Paltrow. As you do.

Wikipedia: Gwyneth Paltrow

Gratuitous photo of Gwyneth Paltrow from Wikipedia

I ended up on the Parlophone Records web site. This was amusing, as I remembered their logo from the old 45’s my parents used to have, with the Beatles and what have you.  Yes – 45’s. You know – records? Like CD’s but bigger? Oh – go look in a museum.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes – Parlophone.co.uk. So I’m idly clicking around, and I come to a list of their current signings. There’s mention of the quirky Lily Allen, already a firm favourite for her cheeky songs and clever lyrics. Like “Not Fair“. Not many songs out there that reference sleeping in the wet patch. Just sayin’…

Of course there’s the satirical “Fuck You” – a thoughtful little piece written as a political protest against George W. Bush. Don’t be fooled by the Carpenters-esque start to the song. This one bites – though the YouTube video is mildly censored. Loved the video treatment of Paris though…

She’s also not averse to covering other songs with thoughtful lyrics, like Naïve originally by the Kooks.

Anyway, enough of the naughty-but-nice Lily Allen. I was perusing their other artists (most of whom I’d never heard of), and I came across the name of Eliza Doolittle. Now this one drew me up short. Eliza Doolittle? Isn’t she George Bernard Shaw’s character in Pygmalion? Hm… worth a look-see, certainly! I actually found her music quite refreshing. Sure it’s pop. Summer music. Accessible… but: The Lyrics… smart beyond her years! (Oh – and she wears ridiculously short shorts, but that’s neither here nor there.)

“Skinny Genes” caught my ear because of the word play. She  counterpoints her boyfriend’s poor genetic qualities against his sartorial elegance.

And the cheeky chorus:

I don’t mind it when you [whistles]
Brings out the best in me when you [whistles]
Show your expertise

Of course, when I started to look on YouTube for a video of the song to share, I came across the recent posting from South America. São Paulo – I recognise the airport! Done – Posted!

If you really want the studio version, it’s also on YouTube (with more than a few visual sexual innuendos)

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2 responses

26 12 2011
caterpillarwithonewing

This is magnificent. Coldplay is amazing, flawless, vagrant, insightful, empowering. And I have a collection of records (those things bigger than CDs;)) and I love them. Raw, real.

26 12 2011
Quieter Elephant

Well I’m truly glad you found something to amuse you on these humble pages. I feel my work here is done!
So are you still saving up for the second wing, or did you lose one in an horrific cycling accident?

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