Inappropriate Soundtracks

May 14, 2011

The other day I found myself on a train heading back to London. A few seats along from me, sat at a table, were three thirty-something lads from Belfast. They were enjoying a few lukewarm cans of Carlsberg and a bit of friendly banter. There were a few empty cans on the table before them, suggesting that they’d made an early start on the ales. There was talk of the evening that lay ahead: the boys were clearly gearing up for a good session.

But they were in no way being rowdy or unpleasant – quite the opposite; your grandma would have been pleasantly surprised – and they seemed to be enjoying themselves.

The only slightly annoying thing was there decision to play music aloud, and from something not really up to the job – perhaps a mobile phone; the sound was tinny and hollow.

What struck me, however, was the album they had chosen to accompany their good-natured banter and beer-drinking session: ‘The Queen is Dead’ by The Smiths.

A great album of course. One of the best. But surely not the record to gear you up for a night on the tiles?



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