In a shop I overhead the beginning of Simon Mayo’s Radio 2 show, and noticed that he employs the old standard Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think) as his opening theme music.
Guy Lombardo made it famous, but Mayo uses a 2007 recording by Jools Holland and Prince Buster (like the one that starts a minute or so into the above video), and I was instantly transported back to an outdoor concert at Westonbirt Arboretum in that year or thereabouts, where Jools Holland headlined with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.
Enjoy Yourself closed the show, the final, bouncy encore….
Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink
The years go by, as quickly as you wink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself,
It’s later than you think
Oh my, what a bummer. Why, I wondered then and still do now, would anyone think that a blunt reminder of the inevitability of death is a good singalong number? After a jolly, champagne-fuelled picnic gig, do I really need to confront my brief mortality in all its stark helplessness? The mind blanks at the glare. We may as well recite Larkin poems in unison.
On the dark trudge back to the carpark a reveller of stunning thickheadedness attempted to get an impromptu singalong going…”Enjoy yourself, come on everybody… It’s lay-ter than you think…come on!” His efforts fell stillborn into the summer gloom.