Taken from my blog post about Placebo originally posted in October 2017, deep into our decluttering and getting ready to sell up, leave our jobs and go off travelling for a year
A few weeks ago my husband bought me the Placebo album Black Market Music from the charity shop and I have since been listening to track 3 (Special K) and track 8 (more on that in a moment) over and over again in the car. I’ve had the album for a few weeks but only just started playing it: Timing is everything; it wouldn’t have meant so much even just a few weeks back. The song mentions ‘Maggie’s farm’, I don’t totally know what that means, I assume it’s like ‘The Man’ and then yesterday evening with the ipod on shuffle out of four and a half thousand songs it could have played it plays Bob Dylan: Maggie’s Farm. Did I say timing is all?
Just before we gave up, for the moment at least, listening to other people giving us spiritual advice, my husband found some youtube videos all about the importance of language, where words come from and phonetics. I was only mildly interested, but for five minutes I did play around with the phonetics of some of my favourite blog titles. I looked at ‘amazing’. I wondered what ‘ing’ was supposed to mean, but I couldn’t be bothered to look it up. I wasn’t even all that struck by A Maze. As I said, timing is everything.
Track 8 of Black Market Music:
So even though I’m switched off from spiritual gurus for the moment, it seems I’ll make an exception for Brian Molko
“Run away from all your boredom/all it takes is one decision/a lot of guts and a little vision/to wave your worries and cares goodbye/it’s a maze, a maze for rats to try/it’s a race, a race for rats to die/run away, run away“
So, so perfect for right now*. Thank you.
*This album actually came out in 2000 but there’s no such thing as time, right? It’s only ever right now.