The Very Best Of Neil Diamond

Album: Dark Days/Light Years (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • One of the meanings of this song is about how you can't choose the soundtrack to your life. Frontman Gruff Rhys gave The London Times March 20, 2009 an example of hearing Dire Straits drifting in from the radio next door during the birth of a child. He said: "On the one hand, you are trying to handle the euphoria of the moment - and on the other trying not to become too obsessed with your own musical snobbery."
  • The band said in publicity materials: "It's about all these houses being destroyed by jets etc. Someone put a Neil Diamond tape on before hand, and you can still hear it playing through the rubble."
  • Frontman Gruff Rhys told Q magazine that the band thought about calling the album "The Very Best of Neil Diamond" before settling for using the title for this song.

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