1984: Warner Bros 25077-2
Wow, what an album . The weakest track, for me, is Sharkeys Nightand thats only because I heard the version in the concert film Home of the Brave before I heard the original version. Ditto Sharkeys Day, although I still enjoy it on this album (but its a mighty work in the filmed performance and puts this one into a little box by comparison).
When I lived in Anchorage, in the winter of 198687, I used to listen to Blue Lagoon on a cassette tape and look out over the wintry weirdness of that city from my apartment window; it always seemed so appropriate for the confused detachment I felt there. Years later I played it for my friend Karen in Edinburgh late one night as part of a show-and-tell tour of our musical loves, and she said it evoked for her not the heat and silences which I described as being my impression but instead an escape fantasy of someone stuck in a New York City winter. While shes probably accurate in this, and she didnt mean it in a dismissive way, Im still happy with my take on it.
Its an awesome albumget it if you dont already have it. Ignore videos for them you might find on YouTube, including those created by Anderson herself, and just take these at their sonic face value without visuals, if you want to get them right.
Days, I dive by the wreck; nights, I swim in the blue lagoon. Always used to wonder who Id bring to a desert island .
And the little girls sing
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.