I’ll admit it: this was one of the songs I downloaded using Napster. I’d read about B&S’s twee Scottish pop in all the British magazines but couldn’t be arsed to hunt down one of their records because I had no idea if they were worth the money. But once I heard this song, I broke down and actually bought some of their stuff. Well, plenty of it, if I’m honest.
That was the cool thing about the original Napster. For the first time, you could sample something before you committed to buying. That sounds old-fashioned today in a world of iTunes and YouTube, but back in 2001, these kinds of trials just weren’t available legally. And in case you’re wondering, an Arab strap is a sexual device for men who have trouble maintaining an erection.