My Top 1000 Songs #434: Sweetness And Light

[I've been writing up my Top 1000 songs on a daily basis--you can see them all in descending order by hitting the All My Favorite Songs tag.]

At this point, I think I've now hit on all the core songs that captured my law school era (1988-1991) fixation on shoegaze/dreampop/Madchester and early Britpop. Stone Roses, House of Love, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Happy Mondays... and now Lush. I first snagged this ethereal, effervescent 1990 single on a CD called Gala, which collected a few of the band's early EPs. The song, and the album, got regular airplay in my Chicago apartment, some lovely tunes for chilling out. The aptly-titled "Sweetness and Light" sounds like... well, kinda like what I imagine is playing as you approach the pearly gates, shimmering and heavenly, a cozy atmospheric blanket.

Live 1991:
Reunion radio performance, 2016: