Over and Cry' follows a similar theme. A society stuck in a poverty of
flesh and soul, stagnating, unable to 'evolve' because of pressure imposed
by those with a vested interest in the status quo.
Other classics include 'Escalator In The Rain' about a sad Escalator whose
life was going nowhere and
'never wanted half enough'- I don't think I've got that one right
girls and boys in the park one fine morning
swore they would save the world by the next friday night
but when friday came they were in a bar
looking sad as I spoke to them
those boys and girls should have tried blockading a few oil refineries.
With the support of the police and
multinationals they couldn't have failed. Cheaper petrol, more pollution,
less taxes for public transport- at last a battle you can win. I digress.
This Liberal Love is often highlighted as the classic on the LP. A pre-Riot
Grrl story of a boy who gets lucky and then bugs and whinges at her for
the next thirty years unable to comprehend the nature of a casual shag.
Of course Microdisney tell it much better than I can- you can click (right
click and 'save target as') HERE
to hear a live version in glorious MP3.
Casual shags, if you can call them that, are also to be found on one of
my favourite tracks 'A Few Kisses'. 'Repressed' attitudes to sex is one
of the themes in Cathal Coughlan's lyrics, so it's hard to see him moralising
about sex, even prostitution. But although the song is as much commentary
as it is condemnation of double standards, it still has a distinct pathos
told us we were decent fifty quid for a few kisses.
and our fathers and our uncles
ran through town like fevered cattle
took the women in the doorway
no-one questioned ageless law.
'Dolly' follows the theme of dark demons hiding below the surface.
On the face of it a simple love-themed song to hum along to...
look and see if there's much love left for me
seems more to do with a drunken sod who comes back from the pub lamenting
a life where love is a comfort but not enough. Futility and tenderness
go hand in hand, full of regrets but desperate for something more to his
love and peace
two more things I can't afford
of the LP is packed with poetic gems. Starting with the introspective
'Idea' (another of my favourites without quite grasping the storyline),
the mood builds up into the finale of 'Everybody
is Dead' and a tortured 'I LOVE YOU' scream as they get whisked away in
a Rolls Royce on their marriage day. A fine end to a perfect record. That's
unless of course you have the CD where you end up with 'Dear Rosemary'-
my gratitude for having a CD recording of the song is tempered by disapproval
at the ill thought out placement.
Every song on the LP is a classic and everything is spot on right down
to the title. Even the sleeve. I once had an argument with an art friend
about the sleeve. He said it was crap. Shocked by this I had to backtrack
slightly and claim it was meant to be ironic, but actually deep down I
love it full stop. Oh the beauty of London at night...
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