The long overdue Harry Styles thread

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Let's just give in.

Among my fave quotes (absolutely no irony):

“We’d do mushrooms, lie down on the grass, and listen to Paul McCartney’s Ram in the sunshine,” he says. “We’d just turn the speakers into the yard.” The chocolate edibles were kept in the studio fridge, right next to the blender. “You’d hear the blender going, and think, ‘So we’re all having frozen margaritas at 10 a.m. this morning.’” He points to a corner: “This is where I was standing when we were doing mushrooms and I bit off the tip of my tongue. So I was trying to sing with all this blood gushing out of my mouth. So many fond memories, this place.”


In the studio, he’s overseeing the string quartet. He has the engineers play T. Rex’s “Cosmic Dancer” for them, to illustrate the vibe he’s going for.


He got so obsessive about Joni Mitchell and her 1971 classic Blue, he went on a quest. “I was in a big Joni hole,” he says. “I kept hearing the dulcimer all over Blue. So I tracked down the lady who built Joni’s dulcimers in the Sixties.” He found her living in Culver City. “She said, ‘Come and see me,’” Hull says. “We turn up at her house and he said, ‘How do you even play a dulcimer?’ She gave us a lesson. Then she got a bongo and we were all jamming with these big Cheshire Cat grins.”


He’s always had a fervent female fandom, and, admirably, he’s never felt a need to pretend he doesn’t love it that way. “They’re the most honest — especially if you’re talking about teenage girls, but older as well,” he says. “They have that bullshit detector. You want honest people as your audience. We’re so past that dumb outdated narrative of ‘Oh, these people are girls, so they don’t know what they’re talking about.’ They’re the ones who know what they’re talking about. They’re the people who listen obsessively. They fucking own this shit. They’re running it.”

Ned Raggett, Monday, 26 August 2019 16:43 (eleven months ago) link

and he loves London Town, Back to the Egg, and "Landslide."

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 26 August 2019 16:46 (eleven months ago) link

And tattoos.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 26 August 2019 17:01 (eleven months ago) link

three months pass...

why is harry styles?
did the ed sheeran bot break down?

wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 1 December 2019 00:06 (eight months ago) link

white girls needed someone whose photoshoots they could quote-tweet with "ended toxic masculinity!!"

dyl, Sunday, 1 December 2019 09:04 (eight months ago) link

no offense to white girls, i'm not any better than y'all, not by a long shot

dyl, Sunday, 1 December 2019 09:05 (eight months ago) link

“sign of the times” is a great great song

brimstead, Sunday, 1 December 2019 17:44 (eight months ago) link

i sometimes hate it

dyl, Monday, 2 December 2019 01:43 (eight months ago) link

I was team Zayn during the OD days and right after (why because he look interesting) and never cared too much for SOTT (though I did like it), but I find myself loving both “Lights Up” and “Watermelon Sugar” a lot. Styled for the Harness!

breastcrawl, Monday, 2 December 2019 08:34 (eight months ago) link

One extra reason I love “Lights Up” is that the intro reminds me of one of my favourite Nederpop classics:

breastcrawl, Monday, 2 December 2019 08:54 (eight months ago) link

i think this album's going to be pretty good

ufo, Friday, 6 December 2019 05:46 (eight months ago) link

idk, that one seems a notch or two below the others.

btw, for everyone who sent in postcards with their guesses, the nugget in question was this, of course:

breastcrawl, Friday, 6 December 2019 08:34 (eight months ago) link

"adore you" is the best one yet imo

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 6 December 2019 13:38 (eight months ago) link

it's better than "watermelon sugar" for me, i like it

dyl, Saturday, 7 December 2019 05:38 (eight months ago) link

Album is excellent

groovypanda, Friday, 13 December 2019 10:36 (seven months ago) link

groovypanda, Friday, 13 December 2019 10:37 (seven months ago) link

i don't if it's excellent, but it's better than the first one.
the first stretch until 'cherry' is amazing.

Nourry, Friday, 13 December 2019 11:21 (seven months ago) link

i’m on “she” right now, so far this record is fucking awesome

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 13 December 2019 16:27 (seven months ago) link

is that Harry doing Gainsborough/Sea Change-era Beck

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 13 December 2019 16:41 (seven months ago) link

are you talking about the album cover or the song

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 13 December 2019 17:05 (seven months ago) link

i only have mixed feelings with 'falling'.
loving the last one.

Nourry, Friday, 13 December 2019 17:23 (seven months ago) link

title track is incredible

"falling" is v much a middling mid-album ballad but it's still getting to me

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 13 December 2019 17:25 (seven months ago) link

"treat people with kindness" is like harry trying to rewrite the zombies' "friends of mine" and i'm not mad

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 13 December 2019 18:18 (seven months ago) link

i bet that by monday i'll be totally won over by this record.

Nourry, Friday, 13 December 2019 18:38 (seven months ago) link

Been playing this daily since it came out. So many great little production bits, perfectly sequenced, and enjoy every song. Can't wait to finally play it on headphones after giving it to the OB&C for Xmas.

Loved reading that he took a bunch of mushrooms and played "Ram" to get inspired. Feel like this might get lost in terms of year-end lists due to the release date, but time will be kind. Far better than the debut, which was pretty good in its own right.

Wally P. Doyle, Thursday, 26 December 2019 18:13 (seven months ago) link

kinda love it now. 'falling' is the only song that i skip most of the times.

Nourry, Thursday, 26 December 2019 21:47 (seven months ago) link

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