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Narcissus In A Red Dress - The Like
"Narcissus In A Red Dress" would be pretty clearly about Charlotte Froom, the bassist who forms an integral part of that first trio and then is swept aside with barely a word in The Like’s second incarnation, even if it didn’t have the line "you clever little charlatan" (Charlotte-an? eh? geddit?). “One minute she’s your best friend/the next you watch her take your place” is a nice nod to the power struggle inherent when someone challenges that dynamic frontman that Z was implicitly in the early days of The Like and very explicitly by the time Release Me came out. It’s only a pity that Froom’s ensuing musical projects - she went on to play in Taylor Locke and the Roughs, with the dude from Rooney - were never that interesting, and that she never became a rival frontwoman so we could have our own Lennon v McCartney situation. We never get Charlotte’s side of the story, just Z’s judgment: “No matter how good your impersonation of me ever grows/deep down you know your insides never change/but people love it, vapid and shameless, simply lacking taste.”
It’s an angry song, but it’s also undeniably a tragic one, and as - if not more - brokenhearted than the other songs on the record. When Z sings about guys betraying her it’s with either a firm compunction that soon they are going to pay for it - “if I could kick his head in, fickle little boyfriend, I’d be satisfied” - or wryly amused and laughing at her own foolishness - “he’s not a boy that you can tame, don’t let it taunt you.” The 60s vibes of Release Me can be found not just in that crisp live sound, the organ and cheerful backing vocals, but in the straightforward way that Z tells most of her stories. Lyrics are simple and catchy, and she takes clear to enunciate, every word in her husky voice rounded and savoured.
Not so when she’s singing about girls. When the betrayal comes not from some boyfriend who didn’t know how good he had it but from a girl, with all the complicated relationships Z has with women entailed in that, Z’s lyrics twist around each other, complicated and complicating. The puns in Narcissus rub shoulders with literary allusions and run on sentences, and - like “In The End”, another curiousity on Release Me - at times Z seems to be struggling to keep up with that driving beat. “Vanity on parade, vacant, frantic, and strange, fraught with heart and desperation” - and then Z gives up and admits the real hurt of the song: “guess I loved you in vain.”
In “Narcissus” we see Z bewildered and rejected, Z thrown over and trying to declare herself above it. It kind of works. She definitely comes off with the upper hand, both in the crystallised moment of the song and afterward - I mean, it’s not Charlotte Froom week, and whatever spotlight she was trying to steal from Z doesn’t seem to have materialised. But by the end she’s stumbling, unsure of what she wants - "blinded by your own reflection/let the lights protect you now" coming up hard against "all the king’s horses and all the king’s men/couldn’t bring you back again”. When she says, at the very end, with all the tearful fury you get when your teenage best friend doesn’t love you anymore, “I know, I know,” it’s hard to believe her. I’m not sure she believes herself.
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Hiiiiiii lovebug, I did have a Teen Wolf time, it’s passed now but I am STILL in the midst of a Daniel Sharman time (HE’S ON THE ORIGINALS THIS SEASON I’M GOING TO DIIIIIIIIE) and yes, yes I have seen this photoshoot!!! It’s beeeeautiful. I didn’t reblog it because I don’t post things that glamorize cigarette smoking, but you’re right, it’s super up my alley. :9 Thank you for thinking of me cutiepants, that’s real sweet of you! <333
Anonymous said: Sara I love that I can tell a post is reblogged by you by the tags, like ill scroll back up to make sure, but who else could 'candy concubine' be? 😉 ily xx
Ahaha it’s true there is a house style here, and I do adore alliteration. (◡‿◡✿) I’m happy to stand out, ily2 princess <3 <3
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