Requested by Glen Uber.
And see, here's where things get kind of crazy. Glen requested this one as somewhat of a joke, on the occasion of the anniversary of his vasectomy. And look what I ended up going through to pull it off!
Stevens is somewhat of a blind spot for me, possibly owing to some of what I discussed earlier this week with regards to my musical upbringing, and possibly owing to the fact that the first thing I really ever heard about him was that he was supporting the good ol' fatwa calling for the death of Salman Rushdie. I was less than charmed at the time. That probably has been a barrier, really, since I've embraced plenty of artists cut from a similar cloth during the same era, but then again I did hear some of those guys at the time (Croce was big in our household). I had to scare up a whole new compilation in order to listen to the original... looking at the titles, I suspect I have heard more of his songs than I think. A few times over the decades, artists I like have introduced his songs to me as covers, and every once in a while I discover that something I have heard before but not known the artist, like that "Wild Life" song, is in fact by Stevens.
Looking at the list of people who have covered this song, I was little daunted by the fact that many of them seem rather, erm, more "singerly" than I usually think of myself, but it wasn't so bad. What is kind of weird is that I was almost done with this rather elaborate track before I remembered that the last time I'd given a song the de-luxe shoegazer treatment, it was a Carole King piece. So apparently there's part of me that wants to hear '70s singer-songwriters as imagined by the early Boo Radleys. All part of being me, I guess.