Scene is in a church with 'Steven' playing opening strains of AWSoP on the organ. 'Jimmy' walks in. Steven continues to play while they talk: [They mumble a phrase I couldn't get designated as '-??>']
Steven: Hi Jimmy. Father Molloy should be along soon...
J: Great Sound!! ... What an er ??
S: Wish me granny had one of these we could borrow. [Didn't MF borrow the $$ from his granny to buy his Hammond M102? Could this be an Inside Reference?? jm]
(Steven smiles, enraptured by his own playing)....... Great intro, 'uh.
J: They nicked it from Marvin Gaye.
S: HE nicked it from Bach!! [these 2 aren't much more confused than most of the music press jm]
J: AH, it's BEA-U-TIFUL!!
S (singing): We skipped the light fantastic ...
J (singing): Skipped the light fandango
S&J (singing): Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor. I was feeling kind of seasick, the crowd called out for more.
J: (As Steven continues to play): Poxiest bleedin' lyrics ever written!
S: (speaking as he plays): Sixteen vestal virgins leaving for the coast What's that mean?
Father Molloy (walking down aisle toward the organ): I never understood that either.
(Steven abruptly stops playing)
Father Molloy (smiling): It's a very peculiar lyric.
AWSoP is featured again at the end of the movie. (Thanks, Jonas!). The band has broken up. Jimmy is in the bathroom, pretending to be talking to a reporter - interviewing himself about the fate of the band - while looking in the mirror:
So looking back, what did you learn from the time with the Commitments, Jimmy?
That's a tricky question, Terry. But as I always say: We skipped the light fandango, turned cartwheels across the floor. I was feeling kind of seasick, but the crowd called out for more.
That's very profound, Jimmy. What does it mean?
(big grin) I'm fucked if I know, Terry!'