Saturday, May 26, 2007

Midnight Special

The high-water overalls, newsboy caps, Mockney-isms, faux miner chic and artful facial scruff are all just icing on top of the peculiar mash-up of working-class mannerisms, Queen-like operatic put-ons, ska hat-tips, and Pogue-worthy Celtic pub sing-alongs of Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Kevin Rowland somehow channeled Freddie Mercury while presaging the heaving sighs and theatricality of Robert Smith, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright and countless others and still keeping everything soulful and horn-heavy. This is from the record that featured the big hit “Come On, Aileen.”

“Plan B” - Dexy’s Midnight Runners

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