Wednesday, 19 January 2005

Countdown (Part 50)

Now the TSP 1000 was sexy but it’s got nothing on the FT Top 100. Even I couldn’t make room for this classic,

95. Gladys Knight - “License To Kill”

And what analysis. I’m deeply envious,

“Please don’t BET” snarls Gladys “that you’ll ever ESCAPE ME - ONCE I GOT MY SIGHTS ON YOU!!” Knight isn’t the bond girl here, or even Bond himself, but a deranged, power-crazed villain in her own right, hiding inside a massive arrangement of synth trumpet and drums instead of a volcano base. And then the true horror is revealed, along with a backing chorus seemingly composed of snake-women:

Got a LICENCE TO KILL (To KILL!!) and you know I’m going straight for your heart! (Got a LICENCE TO KIIIIILL!!)
Got a LICENCE TO KILL (To KILL!!) ANYONE who tries to TEAR US APART!! (Got a LICENCE TO KIIIIIILL!!)
Licence to… KILL!! (cue incredible sweeping synth trumpet bonanza presumably meant to suggest deployment of nuclear missiles)

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