Sunday, February 26, 2017

Thirty Days of Politics # 23 Dexys Midnight Runners

In a Q&A article in Uncut Magazine a few years back Rock & Roll insurrectionary Bobby Gillespie asked Dexys leader Kevin Rowland about this song and particularly its kiss off line, 'You know the only way to change things is to shoot men who arrange things.' 'Did you still hold that line?' Gillespie asked, no doubt hoping for a raised fist assertion in response. 'No of course I don't', was the gist of Rowland's reply. 'I was young and angry.' He of course has changed and mellowed considerably over the intervening years though the fire still clearly burns. As for the principle of political engagement the line in the song puts forward; it deserves a PhD.

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