(12 Inch EP)
like to buy the world a rope.
TRACK 12" ONLY ON ROUGH TRADE. CAT NO. RTT175.
Side a- Loftholdingswood, Teddy Dogs
Side b- 464.
These three songs also appear on the CD
'Love Your Enemies'.
a long absence of new material appearing on vinyl, 1985 finally saw a
fresh offering from Microdisney. The two main songs had already been aired
on a John Peel session almost a year before with the other song, '464',
having been played live for a good six months. 'In The World' came with
a much fuller sound and more up front lyrics than their previous releases.
Microdisney had a remarkable knack of writing songs that were easy to
understand while, perversely, being equally ambiguous. You knew what they
were about but at the same time didn't have a clue. Teddy Dogs is typical
of this and is a bewildering mix of lyrics with an almost endless stream
of memorable one-liners but difficult to piece together. James Dean and
Lillian Gish references are lost on me, but the common theme is there
for all to see: disillusionment and cynicism towards the world around
them, living a drifting, purposeless existence.
aimless, waiting to live
love and money, banks and beds
this is all there is
follow fashion i'll follow you home
they don't want reason they want obedience
The song ends with a background rant at the well ordered middle class
lifestyle, pitched somewhere between straight nihilism and a desire for
people to wake up and do something better with their lives. I still have
no idea what a 'Teddy Dog' is though.
the record to hear 'Teddy Dogs' in Realaudio.
('this is a song about drugs'), like 'Teddy Dogs' is another song that
is difficult to pin down. Starting with a quick dig at Christ it rapidly
moves onto liberal England and it's token gestures towards the dispossessed.
i died on
a cross and now I'm the boss
aren't you glad you were
born in england
aren't you glad you were born an angel
that's why you think you see
everywhere struggles to be free
Changing direction by the second it travels from an Irish racing punter
with brandy glass, then to Edgware Road and then onto Lebanon. The latter
having a dig at the superficial world of pop with any 'message' in The
Human League's 'Lebanon' song being lost amidst the glitz and glamour.
The song was one of their most popular and a regular
in their live shows. It was also one of the few to be given a significantly
different treatment (live mp3- right click 'save target as')
'464' is about as hardcore as Microdisney ever got. It sits uneasily among
the rest of Microdisney's published songs and fits more into the Fatima
Mansions way of doing things. A furious screaming rage interspersed with
dearie me, I'm in a state.
As an outlet for Cathal's frustration it was a great
live song and one to unsettle even the most open minded of audiences,
but no studio recording would have had any chance of recapturing that
spirit on vinyl.
A good record that can be picked up in full on the CD re-issue of 'Love
Your Enemies'. Disappointing only because after such a long wait and with
all the new songs they were playing we were getting to hear just three
of them on record.