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“So Here We Are,” by Bloc Party
I spent my junior year in college studying abroad in Bristol, England, where I had cultural experiences and went to class but mostly focused on going out dancing five nights a week. My friends and I would go to PoNaNa on Tuesdays, Propaganda on Wednesday, Stutter on Thursdays, Ramshackle on Fridays, and Klub Kute on Saturdays. We would take off Sunday and Monday. I don’t really know what we did on Sunday and Monday nights. Homework, maybe?
Then Tuesday we would start it all over from the top.
When you go out that often, you start to hear the same songs again and again. This was 2005, so I danced to Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out” and the Killers’ “Somebody Told Me” HUNDREDS of times. If you’ve read my novel THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE, you might remember the bit where Char explains how sick he is of Blur’s “Girls and Boys.” That is probably the most autobiographical passage in the book. It is a great song that I’ve heard about twelve times as often as I wanted to.
But I’ll always remember this one night when I did hear a new song. It was a Saturday at Klub Kute, a club that looked a lot like how I imagine Start in THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE. It was late and the lights kept changing colors and the DJ played this hauntingly beautiful song. After it was over, I asked him what it was called, and he wrote down “So Here We Are,” by Bloc Party, so I wouldn’t forget.
I don’t know how I would have experienced this song if the first time I ever heard it had been, like, in a grocery store choosing amongst toilet paper options. All I know is how it sounded at two in the morning in the middle of a dance floor in a foreign country, and that is how it’s always continued to sound to me: perfect.
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