Spiritualized – Lay Back in the Sun

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From the review of the recent Spiritualized concert in Manchester on Louder than War:

“‘Lay back in the Sun (good dope, good fun) is the original feel good hit of the Summer and brought a smile to the glowing crowd no doubt topping off a rare lazy Sunday spent drinking in back gardens or in overpriced smoking areas of pubs.”

Reading those words and listening to the song I am taken back to our old back yard on Raven Road in that last summer in Leeds, to the beer gardens of Headingley, and then even further, to the final evening of Glastonbury in 1998, caked in mud and yet happy as the sky cleared for the only time of the weekend as Spiritualized took to the stage to perform as the sun went down, a glorious, epic and uplifting hour to send us deliriously on our way in the middle of the night to be pulled from the car park field by a tractor before driving along the country lanes through the night to Malvern. At least, that’s how I remember it now…

Words: Paul Scraton

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