Just a few weeks ago I was looking at the picture of the young Lenny Helsing
in Sam Knee
's "A Scene In Between"
) envying his ace garage band 'do and then he goes and releases the ALIVE, in-the-moment blast of The Thanes
' "She's Coming Back To Me"
) and now I'm envying him all over again. Just listen to that burst of scrambled, post-McGuinn
jazziness at around 1 minute and 27 seconds and tell me that it doesn't make you want to punch the air with sheer delight
; so unexpected, so wild, so vital
. The Thanes have cut hit after hit in their two and a bit decades and "She's Coming Back To Me"
ranks alongside the best of them. For some reason the riff reminds me of the start of the Crossroads theme
which is no bad thing - it just adds period colour. I hope The Thanes play somewhere in the Central Belt (of Scotland) real soon so that I can go a little bit loopy - inside, of course - nobody really wants to see a middle-aged man pogoing about like a loon! - when they play it.