Music Monday: Kings Cross

Time for another Music Monday post and this week, something different: Kings Cross by the Petshop Boys.

The Petshop Boys are a British electronica/synthpop duo who’ve been working together since the very early 80s, who’ve had several periods of fame/success in that time. Kings Cross comes from the 1987 album Actually.

Actually was one of young Grace’s very first albums, although it is fair to say that my nine-year-old self didn’t entirely ‘get’ most of the songs, she just loved the music! Kings Cross is perhaps the one exception to that. I didn’t pick up on the call outs of the government and the social problems it highlighted (I was nine!) but I did get the sense of the hopelessness and the bleakness. It always made me think in apocalyptic terms (it was still the cold war; nuclear annihilation was still very much a possibility!) and that is what makes it fit in with the Cambiante section of the Elsehere Soundtrack.

This wasn’t a piece of music that I did much writing to, but it was a great piece of walking music that let my thoughts sync up to the state of mind Emilio is in. I think I solved at least one plot hole listening and sewed the seeds for filling in a couple more, too.

The Elsehere Soundtrack on Spotify has been updated to add this in.

That’s all for now. Happy reading and listening!

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