The freak Spring weather has certainly passed as of this morning as there is now frost on the ground. Funny that I was running in shorts and a t-shirt only two days ago. However, it is what it is and what it has to be this morning is this long(ish) 9.49k run.
After 5 hours of cycling yesterday, today’s run is intended to be nothing more than an easy consecutive run of — minutes all set to the peppy ‘Hup!‘ album by The Wonder Stuff.
There was a sea change in British pop music in early 1989, a point where suddenly nearly all of the groups that had been making two-minute guitar pop songs inspired by the Smiths and/or the Buzzcocks were transformed into neo-psychedelic bands combining synth-based dance grooves with trippy guitar textures.
Unlike many of their contemporaries (the Soup Dragons the most obvious example), the Wonder Stuff wisely resisted the temptation to jump onto the bandwagon with both feet. Even though the album starts with the Madchester-like ‘30 Years in the Bathroom‘ (which also contains the amazing line: “Now it’s time to share the joke that the latch on the bathroom door was broke”)*, which opens with a lengthy collage of samples and found dialogue, the album then vacillates between new-style groove rock along the lines of the clattering ‘Radio Ass Kiss‘ and more traditional Wonder Stuff material like the excellent single ‘Don’t Let Me Down Gently‘. There’s even room for the banjo-powered ‘Golden Green‘, which presages the playful folk-rock of the group’s next album, ‘Never Loved Elvis‘. This album is definitely much more varied than the bands debut, though it does lack that album’s monomaniacal focus.
*The song name is taken from an exchange between Neil and Rik after Neil has been waiting outside the bathroom door for Rik to come out. Rik asks Neil ‘How long have you been waiting there?’ and Neil replies “30 years” (this is itself a reference to Emily Brontë’s ‘Wuthering Heights’).
The success today was in being able to go longer than I have for the past two months in 3 sets of 18 minutes of running with a two minute walking recovery. It was a beautiful day for running (cool, but clear) and I am happy that things are beginning to return to normal run-wise, but I am still very excited about having seven whole days off.