I’ve been enjoying a bit of a Cat Stevens jag of late and can confirm that his best song is Matthew & Son.
But some of the Youtube clips of him performing it are…odd.
Here we have Cat giving it his all in a full-on, wigged out TV appearance in which the producer decided the best setting was a fake restaurant with a group of bored diners.
Full marks for capturing how I suspect most people react when their tasty treats in a restaurant are interrupted by some naff musical interlude – a blank look covering up thoughts of ‘Please get on with it so we can continue discussing the relative merits of Steven Wilson’s Jethro Tull remixes.’
The woman on Cat’s left in the opening section gets extra points for her ability to show not even a tiny bit of interest in what’s going on.
I also like Cat’s reaction in the first 20 seconds…his girding of the loins as he prepares to deliver a powerhouse performance in front of studio extras who clearly don’t give two hoots about what he’s doing.
And does he say ‘Shit’ at 9 seconds?