Song of the Day, February 12: Liars A to E by Dexys Midnight Runners

DexyTooRyeAyTodays’ song is Liars A to E by Dexys Midnight Runners. Singer Kevin Rowland built the band, soon featuring trombone player Big Jim Paterson, originally crafting a sleek, lively Memphis soul sound that broke big in the U.K. Plagued by financial difficulties (due in part to the large size of the group) and frequent clashes between Rowland and other band members, Dexys rebuilt around these two between its first and second albums. After a couple of less successful singles, Rowland decided to add the folk sounds of his youth to the mix, creating a distinctive soul-folk sound driven by horns and fiddles. The resulting album, Too-Rye-Ay was another U.K. hit and also crossed the pond successfully on the strength of Come On Eileen.

Liars A to E is another standout on the disc. Originally one of the failed singles, the song was given a new lease on life with the refreshed sound of the band. Rowland rips into rumor mongers, scandal hounds, and deceivers, telling them he will have nothing to do with them. It’s an energetic delivery, made charming by the distinctive sound of the band. Rowland’s delivery is nice, scathing but restrained, and the horns and fiddles swirl around him, creating a very compelling mix.

Enjoy this great song today.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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