Yesterday, I was rambling on about a desire to stand out. I guess everyone wants that to some extent, but it's something that's very easy to write but much harder to actually do. This is the heart of track 5 on Bloc Party's new album. Is it possible? Or are we just deluding oursleves?
This is called Uniform.
'There was a sense of disappointment as we left the mall
All the young people looked the same
Wearing their masks of cool and indifference
Commerce dressed up as rebellion.
Drink to forget your blues at the weekend
Think about more things to buy
The TV taught me how to sulk and love nothing
And how to grow my hair long.
Well I was brave and unique
Intelligent, a snowflake
I could have been a hero
No-one can be trusted over the age of 14
Tattoo our arms
But we still do it
We tell ourselves we're different
We're finding it hard to break the mould
We're finding it hard to be alone
We're finding it hard to have time by ourselves
We have nothing at all to say