I don’t know what you think of Lulu….but then, actually, I don’t know what I think of Lulu either... She’s one of those people I feel strangely ambivalent about. It’s like: feisty young teen singer (check out her version of ‘Can’t Hear You No More’): cool. Eurovision winner with ‘Boom Bang A Bang’: uncool. The voice behind the wonderful ‘To Sir With Love’: cool. Being a supporter of Thatcher’s Tory party during the early ‘80s: uncool. Staying incredibly youthful for her age: cool. Too much Botox and/or fillers or something?: uncool…Getting machine-gunned, Peckinpah style, in ‘French and Saunders’: cool, etc. etc. Oh, I’m SO confused!
I do know what I think about this song clip, though, and it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure. I know, it strays into schmaltz balladry which is not my usual cup of tea, but it doesn’t seem to matter as I just can’t help but like it. What does it for me though is this film, as Lulu sings her heart out against the backdrop of the
Thames from the Embankment, and each time I view it I feel like I’m there too. I can watch it again and again and imagine I’m walking by, leaning over the wall to watch the boats, or sitting on that bench. I know it’s not quite like that in reality nowadays – the pavement is usually crammed with people and the traffic heavier. Lulu would probably have difficulty even trying to lip synch with lungs choked by the diesel fumes. But next time I’m there I’m going to imagine the street is empty and I’ll sing “oh me, oh my, I’m a fool for you, baby…” quietly to myself as those long shadows stretch out across the paving stones, leaves whisper in the trees in a cool breeze and there’s not a piece of litter in sight. Luckily for me I do have quite a vivid imagination…
Oh me, oh my! Even that wide-collared yellow jacket and red flares don’t put me off.
I must get to the city again some time soon!