Monday, 31 January 2011

Song Of The Day 31/01/2011: Hefner - Hymn For The Cigarettes

Probably one of my favourite songs. Ludicrously catchy (but in a good way), with a great lyrical hook ('How can she love me if she doesn't even love the cinema that I love?'), I can listen to this song over and over again back-to-back and not get bored of it. A song about looking back on a relationship, with memories triggered by brands of cigarette, it was the opener on Hefner's 1999 album The Fidelity Wars. Hefner were one of the foremost bands of the mid/late 90s indie generation, led by Darren Hayman, who is still going strong, releasing great cult albums every couple of years. Most of his stuff is about loss and despair, but it always seems to avoid just getting depressing - this song in particular can rock out with the best of them.

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