Song of the Week: “Starry Eyes” by The Records

by Douglas Cowie on 19 October 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Starry Eyes” by The Records:

Last weekend I stumbled onto this obituary for John Wicks, the singer/songwriter behind The Records, a band I’d never heard of, and for reasons that will be obvious if you read the article, that lead me to “Starry Eyes.” There’s a small but real thrill in hearing for the first time a perfect–let’s get that straight, perfect–piece of guitar pop from long enough ago that it’s hard to believe I’d never heard it before. It’s somehow old and faded and brand-spanking new all at once. Musically it bears a nodding resemblance to its contemporary, “Do Anything You Want to Do” by Eddie and the Hot Rods, though its tone moves towards pretty where Eddie’s song aims rough. Lyrically it falls into a category with which I have a minor obsession: the rock/pop song about rock ‘n’ roll and/or the rock ‘n’ roll music business. “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” by the Byrds, for example, or “The Late Greats” by Wilco (not to mention several other Jeff Tweedy songs), “Range Life” by Pavement, and on and on; it’s a varied subgenre, or whatever you want to call it. I feel a little giddy to have another song to add to my collection, to reshape my joy. And what a perfect gem.

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