Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together?

Every time I hear this song I can see a certain stretch of road that leads into Southwell from Nottingham. It came on the car radio when I was a young kid and I sat there absolutely transfixed, desperately waiting for the DJ to announce what it was. Which he never did. And because this was all pre-internet days it took me years to track it down.

The thing that really gets me about the song is, of course, that artless organ. It sounds like the kind of cheap Bontempi that the lower middle-class went in for during the mid-seventies. It sounds like beige curtains and Hostess trolleys and those pictures made from coloured cotton wound tightly around strategically placed nails.

And yet because it’s ostensibly a piece of slick US soul with pretensions to profundity, it also sounds avant-garde. Which is why I really like the fact that such a strange little song was such a massive hit.

The LP it’s from (also called Why Can’t We Live Together) is full of songs of a similar, minimalist hue. But after the first couple of tracks it soon descends into utter tedium.

Advertisements

About Paul Saxton

Follow me on Twitter if you like: @paulsaxton
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s