Friday, January 23, 2009

THE PERFECT POP SONG: DOLLY MIXTURE’S “EVERYTHING AND MORE”

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)

7 comments:

chris said...

anyone know anything on the DOLLY MIXTURE reissue front? it's been rumored for years and I thought it had some renewed signs of life last year.

jove moix said...

jay,
what a GREAT SURPRISE!!! a dolly mixture post! you made me happy today. and i totally agree with you, what an amazing song. in fact, all stuff dolly mixture did is utterly superb, isn't it?
what a great band they were... and sure i totally adore their video as well. shame there's no more footage of them.

keep blogging!

jove moix said...

... and nice point the one about dolly mixture / modettes. but wait, no early marine girls as well in the discussion?

Anonymous said...

Got the the "new look baby?"

Paul said...

Yes, perfect. But other Dolly Mixture songs do come close, such as "How come you're a hit with the boys, Jane."

Anonymous said...

germs of youth records are going to be re-issuing it on vinyl...
look here for details soon:
http://www.myspace.com/germsofyouth

Anonymous said...

There's a vinyl reissue and a 3CD set coming out in May/June 2010, check www.dollymixture.net for updates