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Song of the day – 458: Dexys

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No one tells me shit. You don’t kiss the right rings on the right fingers, you don’t exist. 

I wasn’t going to write this series any more, was going to give up on Collapse Board. Still might. Seems like pitifully few come here, seems like pitifully few ever have. Mostly, it’s teenage kids searching for pictures of cows and s&m and fashion accessories. I don’t blame anyone. Mostly myself. I link through as a knee-jerk three-minute reaction to whatever knee-jerk story is happening, and expect music fans – my constituency, right? the passionate and the awkward – to be happy with that. Or I review some major label album without a major label platform. Or I write about some music that’s been diverting me or leading me to question my existence again and everyone tunes out because, well fuck, it ain’t them.. and does anyone even fucking *listen* to music once they’ve got small kids to fend with?

As Kevin sings, “I can’t be a fucking stereotype/But it’s lonely being here and living this fight”.

As Kevin sings, “Nowhere is home to me”. Damn straight. Especially not Brisbane. And not Brighton. Not Seattle, London, Chelmsford.

As Kevin sings, echoing the Ramones: “I can’t be anybody else/I just gotta be myself”.

There’s a new Dexys album out. It’s a mark of my age, my situation, the way that news is important to me. Correct. I don’t even need to listen to it to know how much I’m going to  play with it and roll with it and stare out the window of the 380 on the way home and want to punch walls and fuck myself up like I once did – fuck, not even when I’m on the bus. Maybe I won’t ever listen to it, same way I refuse myself books, comics, film, music, TV. Too much expectation to be confounded. Anticipation is so much better – right?

As Shop Assistants once sang, echoing The Legend!, “Still clinging on/To your bitter ideals”.

This new song swings, it soars. It hurts. It echoes with distance and dismay and hope, and oh yes. The beauty is in the mistakes.

It’s Dexys.

P.S. Just noticed that Stereogum referred to Dexys as “80s British soul revivalists”. Well, that’s the last time I ever go check out those wankers’ website.

Here’s another Dexys song I didn’t know existed until this morning.

Old and unhappy
I’m so unhappy, living like this
Feeling old and tired and ugly inside
I’ve tried hard to make it better
I’ve worked hard to find some peace
At best it’s only fleeting
I can’t last much longer like this

4 Responses to Song of the day – 458: Dexys

  1. Princess Stomper May 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Collapse Board: this basically sums up my thoughts on the subject: http://reinspired.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/how-kim-kardashians-tits-prove-obamas-anti-feminist-agenda/
    (And, depressingly, that post is getting about 90% of my site traffic from searches on Kim Kardashian.)

    As for the songs, pleasant stuff – though I was genuinely surprised to hear the lyric “shove it up your arse” in a song like that!

  2. Princess Stomper May 11, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    (To save you bothering to click:)

    “Every company also needs the eccentric who comes up with the wild ideas that nobody else would ever think of. They might be regarded with curious looks by the water cooler, but that company would not be there if it wasn’t for them.

    It’s not that you might suck at being the striker, the executive or the actor, but that the world needs people not to be stars to keep the whole machine moving. It can be tempting to think, “Why bother? Nobody notices me anyway,” and to give up or to not do your best, or to chase your own tail trying to compete when a lot of the time that star is talented, sure, but what they mostly do is provide exactly what is sought after at that particular moment and that part is down to luck and timing. You being the best at being you is down to your determination.

    So don’t change. Don’t pander. Don’t try to be more popular, or more shocking, or more bland, or to jump on the bandwagon. When you’re feeling invisible, don’t think for a moment that you’re not important, even if you’re not held up as the shining beacon. If you’re the eccentric, don’t think for a moment that you’re not as needed as the crowd-pleaser.”

  3. Shirokuma May 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    That’s a gorgeous review. Don’t you fucking dare give up ! The new track is marinating my heart. I adore Dexys and your writing about “Don’t Stand Me Down” pointed me towards that record years ago and I shall be forever indebted.

  4. Martin June 14, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Don’t give up. I’m going to get my Father’s Day request in now.

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