We start August’s playlist, naturally enough, with a journey home, and a sweet and tender song about making that journey. It’s the opening track from Elbow’s third and should-have-been-the-breakthrough album Leaders of the Free World. A promotional pre-release tour of video screenings for the album took in such seemingly uninterested places as Orange Rooms in Southampton. There, to minimise appeal altogether the videos were projected half-heartedly onto some side wall or other about three hours after the advertised time. Not that I’m still aggrieved by the lacklustre nature of it all.
Must admit, though, that I’m slightly shocked to find that even with their more recent success, Elbow have still never had a number one album. Save it for the best of, boys.