Day: June 28, 2011

‘Mysterious Accidents and Heavenly Calculations’ Scott Walker, Jean Cocteau and the Royal Opera House 2

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There is a very obscure Scott Walker track, long forgotten now, except by the scant few who have fallen in love with it, called Time Operator, from the singer’s 1970 album ‘Till The Band Comes In’. It is an especially pretty song, in which the protagonist conducts a make-believe affair with the speaking clock. “You just picture Paul Newman,” Scott sings, “and girl he looks a little like me.” The telephone adds a particular sense […]