Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street: The song with a high suicide quotient

63 is still a bit too young to die but not young enough to elicit self-worried scorn (as in: "That's no age!"). Had Gerry Rafferty died at 61 or perhaps 59, reports would have used the word "untimely" or "premature". But 63 is just inside the Anytime Now zone. And considering his prodigious boozing, 63 was not a bad age at all to pass away. That's what we think without saying.

Another thought that goes unsaid is that Rafferty's Baker Street helped kill off the Smashie and Nicey-type DJs that infected Radio One years ago. Once upon a time any random switch-on to the station risked yet more exposure to Baker Street's "unforgettable sax line" whine.

It was probably the last melodic thing a whole generation of young female suicides heard before the one-way ticket ride to Beachy Head. Baker Street is a hymn to self-pity, ambient moooozak to sultry afternoon cider-cide. Smashie and Nicey always played it after the telling of some  listener's sob story - I can hear simpering Simon cunting Bates even now - to turn a sentimental tear into a lemming tsunami. Such monstrous behaviour could not continue forever. Satire came to the rescue and Radio One got down with the kids.

Baker Street was Smashie and Nicey's, their song. Heartburn's extended jingle, long enough and loud enough to disguise a long studio fart or the screams of a Baker Street fan facing death by garrote at the hands of her tone-sensitive lover. Baker Street summoned up middle-aged scrotes and their alimony problems, greying nose tufts and unwashed Y-fronts. Then came... Chris Moyles.

Mr Rafferty has much to answer for.

13 comments:

Diddie Blackburn said...

Poetry. takes me back.

Anonymous said...

Gerry Rafferty was an anti-social depressive who thought everyone else should be too.

Anonymous said...

Cliff Richard has the same effect on me.

Anonymous said...

Yes, he had that ghastly self-righteous misery. 'Stuck in the middle with you' - ie. you and I are the only real people here, everyone else is an arsehole because they're having a nice time.

Anonymous said...

I feel quite depressed now

Anonymous said...

With good reason - he was a depressed man whose mission was to infect other people with depression

Anonymous said...

What a nasty blog this is. Nasty.

Anonymous said...

One has a duty to note the bad as well as the good in life. Balance.

Anonymous said...

I guess you blame Marilyn manson for kids shooting up schools? Wish people would quit trying to push blame elsewhere and take a long hard look in the mirror...

Madame Arcati said...

Yes.

Anonymous said...

The man was a sanctimonious miserable bore

Green Goddess said...

Please could you play GR really loudly into Tristan Hazell's ear? Not saying I want him to kill himself or anything...well...actually...

Merinas van der Lubbe said...

Dear God... At least now we can stop quivering in terror of him doing anything MORE of the same "Oeuvre". Now, if Dave Ramsey would JUST change his theme song... I somehow can *never* get to the OFF button on the radio in time.

Any chance of Stephen Bishop ("On And On") joining Mr. Rafferty anytime soon??