My attention was drawn to a youtube video today, featuring the band ‘Focus’ whose best-known single was ‘Hocus Pocus.’ I really like Focus – it’s my era, unlike, say, ‘The Smiths’. I really can’t stand The Smiths: as far as I’m concerned they only sing on three notes. Leonard Cohen may not have known more than three chords, but at least he sang on more than three notes. (Actually, as he once pointed out in an interview, people were very cruel to him. ‘They said I only knew three chords when I knew five.’)
It’s an odd thing, but Cohen fans also tend to like TS; and I have to acknowledge that lyrically they are very witty. ‘I was looking for a job and then I found a job/and heaven knows I’m miserable now’ just about sums it up, in my experience. When I lived in Leigh, Lancashire in the 1980’s people used to say ‘there’s money in owt but work,’ – and it was true. Work hard in a factory (shop, bar, cafe) and someone else will get the rewards.
Of course, it’s a free country. If you don’t like it you can always start up your own business. Then when you get successful you can start exploiting other people.
I’m sure I’ve blogged about The Smiths before – but it’s lost in the annals of the past. What is an annal these days? Something annual? Something anal? There was a Roman bloke wot wrote annals, wasn’t there. Juvenal?
No! How could I forget – it’s Tacitus!
He kept them quiet, ha ha.
We have now received the solutions to the Latin crossword we attempted a while back. We haven’t done the next crossword though. Might have a go with the doctor on Saturday I suppose.
Bit of a mixed bag today but I’ll leave you with a bit of Focus:
Kirk out (of focus)