Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Saint Etienne

We are heading as far is it is possible to head to the other end of the alternative ballroom to dance to this one. From yesterdays None More Black Goth Fest to this Sunshine Soaked Fey of Heart Pop Ditty. Again this sounds nothing like Neil Young but it is (again) one of his most famous songs.

Saint Etienne had a huge indie club smash with their cover of Only Love Can Break Your Heart. It came from their iconic Twee-Core album Fox Base Alpha and heralded the retro styling movement that harked back to the French easy listening pastel aesthetic of the 1960’s. This opened the door to success for bands like Dubstar, Belle And Sebastian, Pulp, Camera Obscura and the whole Lounge Indie scene of the 90’s. The blueprint vocalist Sarah Cracknell laid down could then be copied by Sophie Ellis Bextor to move past her own indie outfit TheAudience and into the pop scene of the 1990’s.

The infectious little ditty came in various remix formats over the next few years. That synth-organ sample oohing over a piano riff and a light break beat feels so in and of it’s time perhaps it should have played over the end credits of some 90’s set romance on film. It sure played over the end credits to some amazing nights out as clubbers and rock fans and indie kids came together at after parties and chill out joints all over the UK.

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