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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Let's Get This Straight


I was listening to Dexys Midnight Runners on New Year's Day. Not the young soul rebels Dexys of Geno or the misunderstood but not stood down Dexys but the more maligned raggle-taggle gypsy Dexys. This was sparked by two things. Firstly the younger child, now thirteen, singing the chorus of Come On Eileen and me wanting her to get the words right. And secondly a Top Of The Pops repeat from 1982 of the single Let's Get This Straight (From The Start) where Kevin nails perfectly the Celtic soul thing- 50% Celtic and 50% soul. It's also that great thing, a non-album single. While I'm here, although the styling wasn't the best Dexys look, it was memorable and  I won't have a bad word said about dungarees (not that I own a pair. I'm 46 for God's sake).

Let's get This Straight (From The Start)

7 comments:

Anto said...

yes but did you watch j meade on Italian fascist architecture last night? Banjo strings in my head were stretched beyond belief but i think I actually got it this time

The Swede said...

I asked my parents for some dungarees in 1972 after seeing Marc Bolan wearing a pair. I never did get them and at 56 that ship has definitely sailed. Good to hear 'Let's Get This Straight' again. I'd totally forgotten about the jazzy wig-out bit in the middle.

Swiss Adam said...

Nope, taped it Anto but not watched it yet. I don't always follow what he's saying but I quite enjoy the ride.

Echorich said...

I am at a loss, in The States, dungarees is just a very old fashioned word for "jeans" or "blue jeans." In the UK are dungarees what you call denim overalls?

SA I agree, this version of DMR is wholly overshadowed by the overplayed Come On Eileen. Otherwise it fits well into the progression of their music from debut through Don't Stand Me Down.

Swiss Adam said...

In the UK dungarees are denim overalls, yes. Bib and braces in in older times.

thenewvinylvillain said...

There's a few things on Too Rye Ay that haven't worn all that well but otherwise its a decent enough record. Probably the fact that 'Come On Eileen' made such a crossover that makes some folk disown it too quickly.

Swiss Adam said...

Having reheard it a few times I like Eileen. The lyrics stand up strong too. Take verse 2...

These people 'round here
Wear beat down eyes sunk in smoke dried faces
They're resigned to what their fate is
But not us, (no never) no not us (no never)
We are far to young and clever