Music: Chronic fatigue on The Streets
Buried near the end of The Streets new album Computers and Blues - released today - is an interesting track called Trying to Kill M.E.
The fulll stop in the middle of 'me' grabbed my attention and a little Googling confirmed my disability radar hunch..
It was fairly well known that Mike Skinner (not even a frontman, he is the band) had epilepsy and indeed has mentioned it in previous lyrics. But now here comes a song about having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as M.E. or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
It includes the kind of lyrics we've come to know and love from the softly spoken Brit rapper cum street poet: "I used to love the night and now I dread my bed," and "Torturous virus get out from my eyelids."
In an Observer interview in January this year, he told how he'd had an episode of the illness back in 2009: "It's not really that interesting - it wasn't severe. I've kind of still got it now. It's a feeling I've missed a meal."
Trying to Kill M.E. is track 12 and sits alongside other songs like: Roof of Your Car, Puzzled by People and We Can Never be Friends.