Gen 242013
 

“Maybe it’s right to be nervous now”

Il repertorio tratto dai primi tre album dei Magazine e dai singoli di quel periodo offre l’imbarazzo di una scelta tra decine di brani egualmente eccellenti. Nella sua formazione classica il gruppo guidato dall’ex cantante dei Buzzcocks e autore di testi mai banali Howard Devoto conta quattro eccellenti musicisti di assoluto valore tra cui il compianto John McGeoch che fu probabilmente il miglior chitarrista rock di ogni epoca (chi pensasse di nominare Jimi Hendrix si rechi immantinente nell’angolo dietro la lavagna con tanto di berretto d’asino sul cucuzzolo). Non che gli altri componenti del gruppo lo stessero a guardare da molto lontano. Philadelphia è tratta dal terzo album “The Correct Use Of Soap”, probabilmente il loro migliore e da decenni residente nella top ten delle mie preferenze musicali.

  • Howard Devoto – vocals
  • John McGeoch – guitar
  • Dave Formula – keyboards
  • Barry Adamson – bass
  • John Doyle – drums

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Your clean-living, clear-eyed
Clever, level-headed brother says
He'll put all the screws
Upon your newest lover
Buddha's in the fireplace
The truth's in drugs from Outer Space
Maybe it's right to be nervous now

Who are these madmen?
What do they want from me
With all of their straight-talk from their misery?

Everything'd be just fine
If I had the right pastime
I'd've been Raskolnikov
But Mother Nature ripped me off
In Philadelphia
I'm sure that I felt healthier
Maybe it's right to be nervous now

I had liberty of movement
But I'm so lazy
I'm so lazy
I'm just so lazy

You're just a big kid
You're not so big at that
You never got the hang of it
Now you're being looked at

Where have I seen you before?
Same place you saw me, I expect
I've got a good face for memories
In Philadelphia
I'm sure that I felt healthier
Maybe it's right to be nervous now

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