Today is my birthday! 🎉 So in honour of this momentous (?) day, this The Song Title Remains The Same post will feature three songs all entitled Birthday.
First up is a song from four lads who heard the fantastic news of my birth and wrote a song about it that same year.
Secondly, Iceland’s Sugarcubes release a song that’s not exactly about cake and ice cream.
Finally, runners-up in the ‘Brit-Pop War’ (where Pulp were the obvious victors) Blur round off the proceedings.
Whilst the Beatles track has a little bit of a goofy rock n roll vibe to it, it’s upbeat and fun (which is what birthdays are supposed to be, right?) and a thousand times better than the ‘Happy Birthday’ dirge that is usually sung at these occasions.
The Sugarcubes track in English tells a rather disturbing tale, in its original Icelandic (which I present here because I’m hipster like that) it becomes a more etheral song with Bjork’s powerhouse vocals and screams over the band’s sinister sounding jazz style backing.
Surprise package for me is Blur’s song from their debut album, Leisure. The band plays a slow, psychedelic Beatles-esque number, as if I Am The Walrus and A Day In The Life had a baby, whilst singer Damon Albarn tells us of his uncomfortableness about getting another year older: “I don’t like this day, it makes me feel too small.” It’s mellow, reflective and a great ‘come-down’ track to help even you out.
Going into this I had the Sugarcubes winning this easily, however the more I listen to the Blur song the more I’m vibing with it. In the end, as it is my birthday, I’ve decided that all three tracks are worthy of the top spot and so it’s cake and ice cream for all with lashings of ginger beer! Huzzah!