Congratulations to my fellow Leithers Young Fathers on their Mercury prize win last night, for debut album Dead – well done! YLT4LYFE!
Popping this track Get Up on the mixtape because I love the way it booms and boings about all over the place.
Kissing rocks. Hot, yet innocent, yet really, really hot. Here are some good ones.
Marcello and Sylvia, La Dolce Vita (1960)
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I’ve been to the Trevi Fountain, though; it’s down a wee alleyway and surprisingly tiny. Life, eh?
Leia and and Han, Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Oooh Yeeah. We all wanted this to happen. Then it did. Han Solo: first shooter; lothario; “I Know”. Putty. In. His. Hans.
Rachael and Deckard, Blade Runner (1982)
Look at this. LOOK AT THIS. My favourite film in the whole world. And what beautiful lighting. Is she a replicant (spoiler: yes)? Is he a replicant (spoiler: it depends on which version you watch)? But that lighting. The fact that she is the most perfect goddessish fusion of Japanese/50s/80s/sex and her hair is perfect throughout the whole film, but here, it’s all down and curly and who-gives-a-fuck. He can’t resist, and pushes her against the venetian blinds. Unnnhhggghrr. Also, dressing gown.
Westley and Buttercup, The Princess Bride (1987)
“Since the invention of the kiss, there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind. The End”.
Scott and Mike, My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Yesyesyes not actually a kiss, really just a hug, I KNOW, but they are both so heart-rendingly beautiful that this definitely goes in.
Kiss II (1962) Roy Lichtenstein
Love the spiky sunrisey bit denoting ‘amazing kiss happening right here’ and the stripy top. Cool. Straight from the fridge, daddi-o.
Louis and Dana, Ghostbusters (1984)
Ladies on top, as it should be. Never mind that she is possessed and there are some weird Staffies running about the shop. The aflame-ed marshmallow Stay Puft dude must smell nice, which adds an extra element of sensuality to the proceedings. All in all, a bit like Leith, really.
Milton and Karen, From Here to Eternity (1953)
Don’t worry, this is exactly what you look like when you roll around on the beach with your new partner on your first holiday together. Hahaha, no, I’m sorry, no-one apart from these two could possibly pull off ‘sexy’ like this.
No idea who this is or what film it is or what year it is
Just hot kissing circa 1920, really.
Elsa and Henry, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
And this, my friends, is how Austrians say goodbye. He’s tied up, she kisses him, sucks his bottom lip. SALIVA TRAIL. This actually influenced my kissing technique as a teenager: I’d never done it before, I thought it was normal, so did it. Still do.
My boyfriend put this on at the weekend and it reminded me of my salad days; and also what a good tune it is. Hence, it’s the first tune on my mixtape.