This album was a breakthrough at the time, but can also still be played today without any anachronistic dangers. Every song still holds up today as one of the best pop records ever produced. A name the girl outgrew The girl was never real She stands for your abuse The girl is no ideal. Even the copyright for the album is credited to a company called Jouissance Ltd. I was taking stock of all the lyrics of the songs for the new album and, lo and behold, in every song there was — this girl, or that girl.
What counted were the songs, and there was plenty of evidence that people understood those well enough as the album reached number 5 in the UK. Of course, we know now that the attention that came with the popularity of Cupid and Psyche had not brought Green much pleasure, and he had not been able to maintain the ironical distance from the corporate side of the music industry that he had envisaged.
After Provision, he again fled to Wales and it would be another eleven years before the release of the eclectic Anomie and Bonhomie. These days, Green is Artist in Residence at Faber, an occasional broadcaster on 6Music, and in a rare recent musical outing has provided a string arrangement to a song on the new Hot Chip album.
Playing the song live suggests at least that Green might have made his peace with the album. Graham Tomlinson is an avid contributor to Wales Arts Review. For other articles included in this collection, go here: The Greatest Welsh Album. Further reading. Playlist Songs for the Ballot Box Audio After Songs to Remember he began to talk to major record labels, a move reluctantly supported by Rough Trade who wanted to keep him but realised they could not support him financially with the budget for the type of record that Green wanted to make.
Green and Gamson hit it off and decided that they would work together in future as they had similar ideas about the type of music they wanted to make. Maher remembered, "I'll never forget the first time I saw Green. He'd been out the night before with Marc Almond and he looked a bit the worse for wear.
They hoped to release it as a new Scritti Politti single. However, due to the legal battle involving Green's release from his contract with Rough Trade, the single was never released.
Another song from this period written by Gartside and Gamson, "L Is for Lover", was recorded by US jazz singer Al Jarreau and released as the title track of his album. Green remained in New York with his new musical partners, and with the help of his new manager Bob Last he finally resolved his problems with Rough Trade and signed major label deals with Virgin Records in the UK and with Warner Bros.
Records in North America. He also used the time to set up meetings with musicians and producers that he wanted to work with, later recalling, "I seemed to get put in touch with anybody I wanted to meet and they were all very enthusiastic". We sent him some demos and he liked them very much and wanted to do it. It was his work with people like Chaka Khan over the past few years that made me want to work with Arif.
Asked about the change in musical direction Green admitted, "if you'd played me 'Wood Beez' six years ago I think I'd have spat at it or something. But I like change. It's also a question of music's transgression and abuse of some of the rules of language. Aretha was singing what are arguably inane pop songs and had left her gospel roots.
But she sang them with a fervour, a passion, though I hate to use that word because it's been hideously tarred in recent usage. To a committed materialist whose interest had come round to language again — perhaps because of a bankruptcy in Marxism to deal with ideology or any artistic community — hearing her was as near to a hymn or a prayer as I could get. Obviously I couldn't make that point in a three minute pop song. After releasing "Absolute" and "Hypnotize" as the follow-up singles, there was a gap of six months before " The Word Girl " was released as the fourth single, just ahead of the album.
Green told Sounds , "I was taking stock of all the lyrics of the songs for the new album and, lo and behold, in every song there was — this girl, or that girl. It seemed a good idea to show awareness of the device being used, to take it out of neutral and show it didn't connote or denote certain things.
It was important to admit a consciousness of the materiality of referring to 'girls' in songs. Green explained that the idea was to present the alternative female view of the male construct of 'girl': "Having heard Ann's two albums, I thought she'd like the sentiments of the song rather than approve of the rhythmics. I knew she was stroppy, but it's positive. She saw she'd be giving her counsel to a completely different audience — teenagers.
Which I think is great. It complements what we've done on the other side. Although Scritti Politti had embraced the musical mainstream, Green's lyrics were often still preoccupied with the contradiction of becoming more distant from the reality of a person the more one became in love with the idealised version of that person, summed up on the album track "A Little Knowledge" by the line "Now I know to love you is not to know you".