Song of the Day, March 4: Doused by Died Pretty

DiedPDHDousedToday’s song is Doused, the powerful opening track to Died Pretty’s finest album, Doughboy Hollow. Formed in 1983 around a core of vocalist Ron S. Peno and guitarist Brett Myers, the group evolved from a post-punk pub rock sound through numerous personnel changes. By 1991 they had hit their groove, with the addition of John Hoey’s superb keyboard work lending a distincitve quality to their solid rock chops.

Doused is a stirring opener, an anthemic song of hope with a weary edge. Peno is in fine voice, capturing the mood nicely while the band provide a tight, sympathetic backdrop. With gambling imagery and references to aging, it’s a complex, mysterious lyric that establishes the redemptive tone woven through the album.

Enjoy this powerful song today.

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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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