I used to play in a band at university. We were mainly a rock-indie group with a few funky and soul tunes included as well. We generally played high-tempo songs to keep the student crowds moving and match the increasingly high-octane atmosphere in whichever pub or club we were in. However, we always found time to fit in this little treat.
I’ve seen Nobody Does it Better described as Pop Rock and as a Power Ballad. I never thought of it as either one of those at the time, but more of jazz-tinted love song. I’m a 21st century kind of James Bond fan and, in the pre-Spotify / iTunes era, I didn’t know the song before my friend played and sang it for me. It is of course, famous for being sung by Carly Simon as the theme song for the Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me.
It has a beautiful circularity to it, both lyrically and musically. I’m not sure I can really explain what that means other than, for me, it starts and ends exactly where it should.
Playing it also brings back happy university memories for me.