Massive Attack is an electronic group I know nothing about, aside from the fact that their piece “Teardrop” was the theme music for the TV series House, M.D., and I always found it to be a clever piece of music. The show ran from 2004 to 2012, starring British actor Hugh Laurie as the American diagnostic magician Dr Gregory House, the often boorish, though highly proficient and thoroughly broken, pain medication-addicted main character of the series.
Sweety and I used to watch the show a lot, though at one point we went off it. I envision we may go back at some point. The writing and acting in the series were superb; sometimes an episode seemed it was heading in a predictable direction with the patient “crashing,” often more than once, then the plot taking a massive twist or two.
I’m aware of another track of Massive Attack’s which I, unfortunately, associate with the death of my mother as it came into my collection around that time, and find quite difficult to listen to.
So, one might prognosticate, I was happy to receive a “new-to-me” Massive Attack piece this past Sunday when listening to — wait for it — BBC 6 Music’s Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on BBC Sounds. (How many of you could have foretold that I was going to draw from his show, huh?)
Garvey, whom I think of as a loyal sort and have highlighted examples of the family ties he savours, often features the music of bands that he’s toured with or have otherwise touched his life in memorable ways. He sings vocals on one of the songs on the Massive Attack EP Splitting the Atom, extolling the album but being careful to note his admiration is not self-oriented; it’s about a band he likes and wants us to support. I like his thinking.
The most recent episode of Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, “Trumpeters, Potters, Poets and Dylans” is an absolutely cracking instalment which I’m still listening to, and feel confident auguring that you’ll see a few more shares from it here. Please don’t take my word though, tune in some time, or head over to the program website and subscribe to it (you’ll see the Subscribe link on the right side of the screen that the link takes you to) and then you’ll magically and foreseeably receive it on your personal dashboard through BBC Sounds (it’s easy to set up a free account), and listen at your leisure.
And, as you might predict at this point in the post, now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.