I must be losing my mind….
Lazarus (12-inch version) – Boo Radleys (1993, Creation Records, Taken from ‘Giant Steps)
During the cultural period in our lives that we now affectively called ‘The Lockdown’, I signed up to a few ‘Running Challenges’ one of these was ‘Run 50 miles during April’. This doesn’t sound so bad – given that some people (my brother for instance) run 50 miles for fun over a weekend across the South West Coast Path. For me, it was a proper challenge, and one that very nearly finished me off.
I had a plan, do my usual six or seven miles on a Sunday, which would easily take me to 30 miles and then fill in the rest of the runs by jogging back from the school runs (about a mile or two miles if I go ‘the long way’). At first it was easy and by April 15th I was well on target. I was fortunate because the sun was shining, and my daughter didn’t mind walking to school. Then it rained nonstop for about a week, and she understandably was not so keen.
By the last week of April, I had about 14 miles to do. On April 30th the last day that was down to eight and so off I trudged around the village where I live, jogging up ridiculously big hills and hurtling down to the river and slowly making my way back up again. As ever I was accompanied by my trusty iPod Nano, which kept me going with randomly selected tunes. As I approached the 50th mile of the month, ‘Lazarus’ came on and I dragged my sorry arse up the hill for what I was telling myself would be ‘Absolutely the last time. Ever’ (it wasn’t) Sice’s breathy vocals told me “I Must be losing my mind….” and right there and then I couldn’t have agreed with him more.
Absolute madness I told myself. But then the voice on the running app built into my Nano (some American runner who I have never heard of) pipes up and tells me ‘Congratulations…’ and I am suddenly grinning. I stop running I’m about half a mile from home, my groin aches, my calves ache, my tshirt is soaked in sweat, my face looks like an overboiled beetroot, and I whisper “Never do this to yourself again” to myself.
Two months later I sign up for the “Run 50 miles in July” Challenge.
‘Lazarus’ is of course one of the greatest songs ever recorded (about seventh I would say). The 12” version is the superior version, they way the dubby beat winds itself up, before a short wave of noise overcomes it and a hailstorm of trumpets and guitars kick in – it sends shivers up my arm every time I hear it. It’s utterly marvellous and I simply never tire of listening to it.
There are load of decent remixes of it as well – these two are my favourites
Lazarus (Augustus Pablo Mix) – The Boo Radleys (1993, Creation Records, taken from ‘Giant Steps – Expanded’) – which does lovely things with that dubby start and manages to add an acoustic guitar to the mix somehow.
Lazarus (Ultramarine Mix) – The Boo Radleys (1993, Creation Records, taken from ‘Lazarus 12”) – which again plays heavily on the dub influenced start and the trumpet bit.
I’d also recommend the Saint Etienne Mix