“I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. / Whatever you see I swallow immediately / Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. I am not cruel, only truthful …” So said Sylvia Plath. I hope none of you are glassy-eyed or shattered this morning, and that you’re ready for Earworms about mirrors and glass. If you have an Earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be Islands. Many thanks to all contributors.
The Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom – AliM: From 1979, almost a portent of selfie culture? “Mirror in the bathroom / I just can’t stop it / Every Saturday you see me / Window shopping / Find no interest in the / Racks and shelves / Just a thousand reflections / Of my own sweet self, self, self …”
Blue Oyster Cult – Mirrors – Ravi Raman: “A mirror is a negative space”. Anti-vanity philosophy, Buck Dharma style!
Jazmine Sullivan – Bust Your Windows – tincanman: And he’s lucky that’s all she did after catching him cheating. I love, love, love Jazmine but her short career has a lot of gaps in it. Dunno what’s going on with her, but even with Mary J Blige’s patronage she has only rarely figured out how to get herself fully unlocked.
Bat For Lashes – Glass – severin: “To be made of glass, when two suns are shining, the battle becomes blinding. To be made of glass, but we ride tonight, tonight, tonight, we ride.” Well, I trust that’s all clear then. Already familiar to one and all, I’m sure but always worth a listen. Opaque but irresistible.
Blondie – Heart of Glass – Bluerover: An obvious one, and extremely ancient, but still one of the best – “Once I had a love, and it was The Gas”…. (– it’s a Bristol thing). (Football enthusiasts will understand – Ed.)
Bruce Hornsby – Mirror On The Wall – Ravi Raman: Fortune-telling mirrors fit the theme I hope. From a Best Of… compilation album (and one that I didn’t know I had until I looked for songs on mirrors!).
The Sound – Glass and Smoke – severin: In the early eighties, Korova records were not having the success they had hoped for with The Sound. They asked the band to record something more commercial and chart friendly. So, of course, they did the opposite and the record company dropped them. This is one of the stand-out tracks of that album, “All Fall Down”. Title is presumably a reference to the saying “smoke and mirrors”. The trickery that conceals the trickery.
Guerrilla Toss – Dog in the Mirror – vanwolf: Off last year’s high energy album GT Ultra.
Brooch – Broken Glass – vanwolf: Also from 2017. A duo including the bass player from Ought.