Wednesday, 15 June 2011
A few weeks back I treated Bren to a night to the Barbican Hall to see Marianne Faithfull, whom he loves. Since I have been with Brennie pants I have come to love her music and her life is just awe inspiring and she has a tale or two to tell. She's been a Model, a Muse and Homeless Wreck and out Courtney Loved Courtney. She has lived an extraordinary life and her voice is the proof. Her whiskey soaked voice that was once the sweet chirp of a song bird is now that of a woman who's lived hard and in liquor, drugs and love. She did an amazing rendition of Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan's Gutter Twins All Misery/Flowers. Wayne Krammer of MC5 was at her side to play some of her best loved songs from Broken English which is her masterpiece.
Although she did not play my favourite song "Why'd Ya Do It", she played "Working Class Hero"
and "As Tears Go By" which Jagger and Keith wrote or as she put it "blah blah blah, yeah big deal". Her song she co wrote with Nick Cave 'There's A Ghost' Leaves an erie edge that works beautifully. You have to hand to her as she smoked through the whole set and did a Tom Waits cover she is even more astounding today than ever and earns the right to be called a legend in my book. The woman is very cool, understatedly so.