And now I’m all alone
In bedsit land
My only home
This track holds an important place in the evolution of my lockdown playlist. Because it was the OG. The absolute first time I heard a song on the radio and thought ‘hey, those lyrics really speak to this situation!! That’s so crazy! OMG, I’m think I’ll make a playlist!’ (Q: Is an original thought an original thought if everyone else is having it at the same time???? A: probably not). Back in March 2020. When I didn’t know. When I was oblivious to the fact there were literally hundreds of songs out there just waiting to sing the lockdown song.
And so to Bedsitter…yeh, it’s really great. I had the 7-inch when I was a kid – too young to even know it was cool. That innocent time when records were just records. You either heard them on Radio 1, saw them on TOTP, or they made an appearance on the Now! compilation albums you got given for your birthday, and you formed an opinion from those things alone. I would expect this to be a side 4 kind of a song. Although it was a big hit so it might have made it onto side 3. But, in spirit, it was def side 4. That’s where you found the more offbeat tracks that probably just grazed the top forty. It’s where I made some alt-pop discoveries that have stayed with me to this day – Duel, Party Fears Two, Young Parisians etc. etc. Sadly, I seem to remember swapping my Bedsitter single for something way more pedestrian. Ah, the folly of youth.
This routine is super easy. It requires a certain attitude more than any type of skill or technique. Wear black.
Disclaimer: These are not virtuoso performances. Just me, in an attic, grappling with an iPhone, creaky floorboards and a bad haircut. The sound is a bit ropey and the elements make numerous uninvited appearances! No left or right instructions – do whatever feels most natural to you…mirror me or flip it and use the same arms and legs as I do. Dancers’ choice.
For Sue. Obviously.