Listen to this track by Sheffieldian musical journeyman, neo-balladeer, ex-Longpigs member, sought-after session guitarist (Nancy Sinatra, Elbow, All Saints, Robbie Williams, and many others), and latter-day Pulp member Richard Hawley. It’s “Coles Corner”, the title track from his acclaimed 2005 solo album of the same name, Coles Corner.
The record, his fourth as a solo artist, was nominated in 2006 for the coveted Mercury Prize, hooking into chamber pop, orchestral pop, and classic pop balladry. As you can tell, the word ‘pop’ plays in pretty solidly, although the sunshiny late-60s vibe hides some pretty stormy rainclouds.
This particular song evokes some of the singers Hawley admires from the past, and in their prime – Scott Walker, Charlie Rich, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, In the Wee Small Hours-era Frank Sinatra, and others. Yet at the same time, it’s Hawley’s economy and attention to detail as a songwriter which makes his work shine.
But, what about this song? What’s it really about? Read more