As it’s Sunday evening, I thought I’d try another piece of music on a seasonal theme.
In spite of the fact that it’s called Sketch for Summer (by the Durutti Column), this – in the odd way that music has – reminds me of Autumn. Perhaps Summer has o’erbrimmed my clammy cells.
The band (in so far as it was a band) was named after the anarchist Buenaventura Durruti – Durruti – by Factory Records supremo Sir Anthony H. Wilson. No idea whether the variant spelling was intentional.
The original LP – again, I’m sure, at Wilson’s instigation- came in a sleeve made of sandpaper. The idea, apparently, was that it would “destroy” (in fact, just scratch the sleeves of) the other records in your collection (a hommage to a “Situationist joke” originally made by Guy Debord). I immediately foiled this revolutionist plot by keeping it in a plastic sleeve, except, of course, when I wanted to do a bit of sanding.
All of this great lathering of revolutionary theory is actually irrelevant to the music, a slight pastoral piece, greatly enhanced by the production by Martin Hannett, the birdsong a louder version of Eno’s MSG insects.
If you don’t like the music, you can always enjoy this home movie (not mine, incidentally), taken from the Campanile Tower of Westminster Cathedral – Sketch for summer.
(Reading the comments on the video I see that there is apparently a branch of Sock Shop at the top of the tower. When I went there, I only remember RC nick-nacks being on sale. I think I bought a tiny figurine of Therese of Lisieux).