Golf in Music

Is this the greatest song ever written about golf?

By | 2016-04-24T15:01:56+00:00 February 19th, 2016|The Culture Corner|1 Comment

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  1. Robert B. March 20, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Well, it’s certainly the greatest cover art on a rock album employing a golf theme. Peter Cross who provided the sleeve designs for a great number of Anthony Phillips albums, clearly took a good, long listen to the first track on the album, “We’re All As We Lie.” A poignant lament about the disappearance of natural resources and wildlife, the song, while employing a narrative that vilifies golfers as rapacious, culminating with Buzz Aldrin swinging a club on the moon, reveals a deep appreciation of the game in spite of itself. If you become familiar enough with the song, I expect you’ll eventually reach a moment where chills run down spine and goose bumps pop up on skin when Anthony sings, “The 17th lay waiting for the pair.” How many times have you been there yourself, a climactic moment in the match revolving around the outcome of the 17th hole. The imagery of the hole itself “awaiting” you captures the element of impending catastrophe or heroic triumph we’ve all come to associate with that pivotal hole.

    The entire song, regardless of its golf allusions, is a magnificent construction. Understated and hugely dramatic simultaneously. And here’s something you might not realize: Before there was Steve Hackett in Genesis, there was this man, Anthony Phillips, contributing melodies via his guitar to their early works. If you’re familiar with the seminal “Musical Box”, the guitar solos were all written by him — and then he left the band before the completion of the “Nursery Cryme” album on which it appears.

    Nonetheless, his career wasn’t over — it was just getting started. With over a dozen solo albums to his name and a great variety of styles covered, Anthony Phillips after leaving Genesis got to make the music he wanted to make — but not before leaving an indelible stamp on one of the world’s most popular bands of the post-Beatles era.

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