This track, and its artist, criss-crosses reference points in my life. Let’s start with Lilly Allen’s husband, David Harbour. He’s Sherrif Hopper on ‘Stranger Things’ among other things I have seen him in. He’s a good actor and I saw him in ‘Black Widow’ playing Red Guardian, a Russian super soldier proving Abraham Erskine’s point about integrity and the content of a man’s character. Alexi (that’s his name) goes from deep cover spy to a prisoner. He of course has the requisite Russian tattoos and cue the line Lucas North Says in Sooks about tattos being a part of the culture. While the camera shows his back getting a Red Guardian tattoo while recounting a story about fighting Captain American, a little dicey since Steve was still on ice during that time, the camera cuts to his other ink. Among the designs are some stars that awfully familiar and his arms having a bands that also looks familiar.
In short, two of Lucas North’s trademark body ink designs.
I had a look at IMDB and nobody in make up worked on Spooks aka MI-5. Somebody must have searched ‘Russian tattoo art’ in Google images, didn’t want to copy Eastern Promises and went with a little known British show instead. I am guessing but it’s plausible.
The other criss-cross happens with Lilly Allen herself as the daugher of Gordon Allen aka The Sherrif on BBC’s Robin Hood. Seeing the big reveal on Guylty Pleasures for the 50th Birthday auction made me remember the dynamic between Gisbourne and the sherrif. (Also, who didn’t say ‘La de f**cing dah’ when Allen clearly said that line as if the eff word was in it.)
While I mentioned those two relations, Lilly Allen is a good song writer and has collaborated with other artists, notably P!nk. This track is my favourite and finds itself on playlist feature The Chick’s ‘Not Ready to Make Nice.’ Sometimes you need a good anthem for moments of bullshit.
The mandatory mask and vaccine mandates announced brought out the worse in some members of humanity, at least in my corner of it. Let’s see we had the usual Nazi Germany comparisons by people who would most likely ignore their neighbours getting shipping to concentration camps or placed in ghettos. (It’s amazing people think they would do things differently. Ha! No! Think again.) The latest comes from a Member of the Legislative Assembly comparing the ‘unfairness’ of these orders to residential schools.
The offical video for this song is weird, but I want to dedicate this Music Monday song to those who cannot tell the difference between inconvenience and fundamental human rights.