As regular readers of this blog will know, I quite like music.
I like the stories it’s able to tell. There have been some amazing concept albums – Bowie’s tales of Stardust and Pink Floyd’s tales of Pink and The Who’s tales of Jimmy, The Killers’ love story ending in murder, My Chemical Romance telling the story of a cancer patient.
A lot of concept albums focus on people and, being honest, so do most individual songs.
Enter Justin Timberlake. In 2006, a whole 11 years ago, he released Sexy Back, a song that became his first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. In a chat with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Timberlake explained that the song was actually about a rabbit.
The story goes that he was looking after a friend’s rabbit called “Sexy” while they were on holiday. I don’t know what it says about what his friends think of him, but they were worried they wouldn’t get the rabbit back for some reason. Hence the line, “I’m bringing sexy back”.
However, surely that should be the least of the rabbit owners problems:
You see these shackles, baby
I’m your slave
I’ll let you whip me if I misbehave
It’s just that no one makes me feel this way
I’m not sure what to say!