Trust Me #54
30-years ago #4
Thank You For Being You by The Pastels
A joyful burst of exuberant guitar pop perfection, Thank You For Being You by The Pastels was released 30-years ago. As far as I can remember, this was the first single I bought by the band, closely followed by the Truckload Of Trouble compilation album that also came out in 1993.
Thank You For Being You
explodes gloriously into life from the start with fuzzy electric guitar over acoustic, a funky bass and cool beats. Stephen Pastel ends the first verse by crooning
Baby you know you are
Getting close to my heart
Love simply pours out of this song. In the second verse Pastel recognises that he is a better person for having this love in his life; my hope, my faith and my guiding light, your love is super fine and it feels good in my heart
Indeed, Stephen is so head over heels in love that he needs 5 words rather than 3. The chorus is beautifully simple and it says everything you need to know.
So good to know you
So good to hold you
Thank you for being you
It's so good, to know you
Behind Stephen, The Pastels sound sublime. Annabel (Aggi) Wright on bass, Katrina Mitchell on drums and David Keegan joining Stephen on guitars. Norman Blake sings harmonies on the chorus. Paul Chisholm was on co-production duties with the band for this gem and it's a winning team. Listening on headphones, you hear the extra little strums of the acoustic and the way strings are allowed to ring out melts my heart. The little riff is gorgeous. The guitar solo is exquisite.
The brass section isn't overpowering, becoming part of the song, almost melting into it. The production and arrangement really is top drawer.
Pastel is taking nothing for granted, empires may fall part and rivers may part but all he cares about is being part of his new love.
I hope that I'm a part of you
Thank You For Being You is a f**king brilliant guitar pop song that melts my heart every time I hear it. I've actually just listened to the song 6-times in a row on my headphones while writing this blog and I doubt I'll ever tire of its many charms.
Enjoy if you are listening for the first time. For many of you reading this blog, I'm sure you'll know this song and I hope you love listening back.
A list of all previous songs I've blogged about in my Trust Me feature are listed below, along with links to each blog. Thank You For Being You joins them.
I've also collated them all into a playlist on Spotify that you can find by searching for Everything Flows - Trust Me , or you can CLICK HERE
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