Their third and last album. A sign off, a tactic to finish something on a high. Twisted Tenderness represents how potentially good things get destroyed if you’re not careful. The murdered Russian mystic Rasputin raises a hand on the cover.
What’s the song about once the words kicks in? People who find themselves at a crossroads, looking for a way forward, something new. A song about a man who isn’t whole; unsatisfactory sex and the aftershock of that. Not just one person, either, since Sumner sings “let’s make it happen” to a heartbeat background. Let us. It takes two to tango. And two geniuses to create this fantastic hybrid album.
Extract from page 362 of 2000 Tunes: A History of Manchester Music by M. H. Rees; used with permission. Read the whole series (25 extracts) here; or my summary post. Readers might be interested in my forthcoming novel about a man obsessed with Manchester music - confusingly, it is also called 2000 Tunes!