Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Mike Gentry
It's nearly impossible to do an image search for the actress Carol Cleveland and not find her nipping out in whatever she happened to be wearing that day, when the cameras were around. This is just something that you notice. It's not that there's any pleasure taken in discovering this to be true. Alright, some pleasure. We are animals, after all. It's just that it's a matter-of-fact thing and there's no use disputing it.
Now, when Carol Cleveland sings, or when it's Carol Cleveland Sings doing the playing and the singing, you're going to be presented with something just as obvious as the dark dot of a nipple trying to protrude its way right out from beneath the cover of a sweater or a dress. The project of Thomas Hughes of the Spinto Band gives us an obvious dosage of gentler times, or just unburdened times if we can find them anymore these days.
Hearing Hughes sing these short and mega-pop morsels is a bit like being taken on a time warp back to when Cleveland looked the sexiest in those photos, when than clothing was being worn for the very first time. It's being taken back to the time when hand-holding was second base and writing love songs wouldn't get anyone beat up. In a way, an equivalent feeling is one that you might get when you've just had a great shower, after really needing a great shower or you've just finished a terrific meal and you've found a way to temporarily distance yourself from all of the shitty stuff that you find your days always getting filled up with. It's that one short period of time during your day that you've carved out, where you can feel goodness and not all kinds of stress. It's when time actually stands still for you. It wobbles a bit and then it leaves you behind, again.