Detroit power-pop maestro Marshall Crenshaw isn’t a household name. But his tuneful, often exuberant, 1982 debut album sometimes sneaks onto greatest album lists. Deservedly so – it’s a great little record of guitar pop, with a timelessly simple three-piece sound, fronted by Crenshaw’s sweet perspective and sweet voice.
As great a record as Marshall Crenshaw is, one of my favourite Crenshaw songs was relegated to the b-side of ‘Someday, Someway’. ‘You’re My Favourite Waste of Time’ is presented as a home recording, from 1979. While the lyrics aren’t profound, it’s musically irresistible, with a huge chorus hook.
Despite its origin as a b-side, the song has been covered surprisingly often. Bette Midler recorded it in 1983, as ‘Favourite Waste of Time’, while Scottish one-hit-wonder Owen Paul added some lyrics and a bridge, and took it to number three on the UK charts as ‘My Favourite Waste of Time’. It eventually turned up on Crenshaw’s career retrospective This Is Easy as well.
You’re my You’re my favorite waste of time You’re my You’re my favorite waste of time Here i am I’m playin’ daydreamin’ fool again You’re my favorite game And you are the one Whose got my head in the clouds above You’re the one i love Yeah you’re my Yeah you’re my favorite waste of time You’re my You’re my favorite waste of time I don’t care If being with you is meaningless and ridiculous If it’s wrong or right I’ve got to give you my love tonight And tomorrow night ‘Cause you’re my…