[a]Travis[/a] are not the heroes we need. They do write lovely soft and sad songs. This single is such a song, it's one about being rained on.

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Travis : Why does it always rain on me

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Travis : Why does it always rain on me

Bonnie Tyler once opined that she was holding out for a

hero.

Really, she wanted a boyfriend and little knew that two decades later a desperate [a]NME[/a] hack would try and rinse fresh meaning from the song in a singles column. But that’s what’s happening: listen.

Right now, more than ever, I’m holding out for a hero. We all are, aren’t we, friends? Without one (or more) music in this country seems to be withering on the vine. We’re in trouble.

[a]Travis[/a] are not the heroes we need. They do write lovely soft and sad songs. This single is such a song, it’s one about being rained on. It’s a metaphor for being depressed, and we all get depressed from time to time.

In last week’s [a]NME[/a], [a]Travis[/a], the fastest-growing

guitar

band in the land, declared that they didn’t really feel the need to be for or against anything. They did say they were looking forward to a 20-year career.

Choose your enemy. Steal an instrument. Start a group.

Ted Kessler