Seigar, the photographer, is back.
The track I’m presenting you today is included in a 6 track EP of songs from the cabaret show “Musik”” by Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys. All songs were written and produced by Pet Shop Boys, and sung by Frances Barber playing the character Billie Trix. “The Billie Trix Story” (2019) is a spin-off cabaret show of “Closer to Heaven” (2001). Though, critics do not find Pet Shop Boys at their common inspired and high level in this EP, I find them quite on point. Probably because I have always been a musical lover. And these are typical musical songs.
The original “Run, girl, run” song by Billie Trix (1971) is inspired by the famous Nick Ut photograph of a naked young girl running from a napalm attack during the Vietnam War. So the history of the song is quite tragic and sad. This little girl expression of pain was her passport to immortality and she became an icon of her age, unwillingly.
Musically the track moves from tropicalism to jazz, the warm and beautiful voice with sad tone adds some spice, but what I really love about this song is the lyrics. I’d say it’s a masterpiece because of that.
Enjoy the ironic tune.
(Song recommendation by Seigar)