My final choice in our wander along the mews cottages at the back of memory lane is ‘This Is What She’s Like’ by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. After the commercial triumph of Too Rye Aye, Kevin Rowland decided to release Don’t Stand Me Down, a ‘concept’ album with no obvious singles and only reluctantly released this track to promote the album. Meanwhile on the cover Dexys abandoned the dungarees in favour of smart office attire. Suffice it to say there would not be another Dexys album for 27 years. Nonetheless it is probably one of the greatest, bravest and most moving albums ever and with the hindsight of decades is often now cited as an all time classic album. Commercial suicide in 1985 however.
‘This Is What She’s Like’ clocks in at over 12 minutes. The only version of the video on youtube is heavily edited and I have imbedded it below. However the full version of the song and video, which I cannot recommend highly enough can be found on a French music site here, but I can’t work out how to embed it directly. For non French-speakers, to get rid of the banner ad click the pink button top right saying ‘ Acceder directement a wat.tv’. You won’t regret it.
“Bill, you know the newly wealthy peasants
With their home bars and hi fis?
Eh, I’m not sure actually
You know, the ones who parade all their possessions
And put ‘fabulous’ and ‘super’ in each sentence
Oh yeah, I know the ones
Well I don’t really like these scumbags
May I be clear on this point. Sure.
She’s not a bit like that
No, nothing like that”
Meanwhile scroll down for Andy and Roy’s choices, see the whole list here and a big thanks to all who have contributed to this particular theme, our most popular yet. Let us know if there’s another topic you’d like us to do in the future.
So… what is she like, Kevin?