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92. Belle & Sebastian – Step Into My Office, Baby

23/09/2009

Belle & Sebastian – Step Into My Office, Baby

Occasionally it’s possible to pinpoint the exact song during which a band fully matures into all it has promised to be. See Radiohead with Paranoid Android, The Beatles with Tomorrow Never Knows, and also this track. Belle & Sebastian were always a pop group at heart, desperate to make clever, sheeny pop singles, but the problem was that cack-handedness or timidity usually intervened: early attempts were thwarted by ability (cf Tigermilk’s Electronic Renaissance), the later ones by a knee-jerk recourse to the tweeness fetishised by their desperately protective fanbase (cf the recorder solo in the otherwise marvellous Boy with the Arab Strap). But SIMOB is where the band found the balls and the skills to use grown-up toys, and when the warm swell of synths arrive at the 3-minute mark to usher in the reprise, B&S know they’ve blossomed and are thumping their chest all the way to finish line: they’d finally created the hip-swinging, symphonic pop single they’d always threatened, mischievous and cocksure, theatrical and camp.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 24/09/2009 8:00 am

    I think it’s one of the most British pop songs of all time… and by ‘British’ I probably mean a mix Carry On films, Leslie Philips and Reginald Perrin…

    …high campery of the finest order.

  2. Kat Arney permalink
    24/09/2009 1:11 pm

    I love Legal man by Belle and Sebastian. Congas are go!

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