22.5.10

Perfecto

El pop bruñe gemas que no pasan de los tres o cuatro minutos. Las hay de una perfección absoluta. Tempted es la joya del pop inglés de los primeros ochenta. Una de sus muchas joyas. A veces pienso cómo es posible que un país de aspecto tan gris pueda parir gente cromática hasta el desmayo. Paul Carrack, la voz de Squeeze en esa época, es una de las mejores voces del pop de siempre. En ese idílico (en pop, en el genio británico de la new wave) 1.981 entró Carrack en la banda. En 1.985 ya estaba en Mike + The Mechanics, la banda alternativa del guitarrista de Genesis, Mike Rutherford. No sé si se les ha hecho suficiente justicia a los dos. Ambos han ejercido un oficio difícil, de apariencia frívola y de trascendencia emocional en una legión de adeptos a los que no imagino renunciando a esos tres o cuatro minutos de placer instantáneo.
Tempted es una de mis canciones favoritas, una de ésas que uno llevaría a la isla desierta del cuestionario clásico. Llevo treinta años oyéndola. La compré en uno de aquellos fantásticos singles en vinilo en una tienda en Córdoba que ya no existe. Long Play se llamaba. No puedo pensar en otro nombre de mayor resonancia para quien ha crecido coleccionando discos. Sigo en ese vicio. Tempted está ya convenientemente registrada en CD. No sé en dónde perdí el sencillo, pero está bien adentro en mi memoria.


I bought a toothbrush, some toothpaste
A flannel for my face
Pyjamas, a hairbrush, new shoes and a case
I said to my reflection
Let's get out of this place
Past the church and the steeple
The laundry on the hill
Billboards and the buildings
Memories of it still
Keep calling... and calling
But forget it all... I know I will

Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered
What's been going on
Now that you have gone?
There's no other
Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered

I'm at the car park, the airport
The baggage carousel
The people keep on crowding
I’m wishing I was well
I said it's no occasion
It's no story I could tell

At my bedside empty pocket
A foot without a sock
Your body gets much closer
I fumble for the clock
Alarmed by the seduction
I wish that it would stop

Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered
What's been going on
Now that you have gone
There's no other
Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered
traducción de transmusiclation
I bought a novel, some perfume
A fortune all for you
But it's not my conscience
That hates to be untrue
I asked of my reflection
Tell me what is there to do?

Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered
What's been going on
Now that you have gone
There's no other
Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered

Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered
Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered

Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered
Tempted by the fruit of another...





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