It’s been all man-rock, all the time the past month or two here at Detailed Twang: Union Carbide Productions, f’in BLACK FLAG, Mean Red Spiders, Electric Eels – all that. I’ve got a “feminine” side too, you know. Back in the early 1980s I was a big softie for harder-edged British alt-pop, particularly anything with massive hooks or more importantly, a female singer. One song that’s always stuck with me is THE DOLLY MIXTURE’s “Everything and More” from 1982, which is just an incredible bells-chiming, hooks-soaring, chorus-congealing sugar rush of a song. The song was a total staple of the KFJC, the local college radio station that taught me pretty much everything I know as a teenager back in the early 80s. It’s hard not to be completely taken with “Everything and More”, and much as I love a lot of the DOLLY MIXTURE’s other material, they never even came close to topping this one. I think the only song of its era and of its ilk that I’ll consider to be superior to this one is THE MO-DETTES’ “White Mice”, but that’s a discussion and an mp3 post for another day.
Play The Dolly Mixture – “Everything and More”
Download THE DOLLY MIXTURE – “Everything and More” (A-side of 1982 single)