First hit #1: April 23, 1983
There’s a lot happening here, a song that sort of summarizes centuries of popular music in a compressed and slightly chaotic little ditty. We start with some traditional fiddle, segue into something that sounds vaguely reminiscent of The Hustle before launching into a tribute to Johnnie Ray, an influential musician from the ’50s, before then dropping that thread and suddenly launching into a catchy little chorus that’s more reminiscent of the new wave trends at the time. And then it just keeps firing off in all directions, a song that is everywhere all at once. It’s not quite coherent, sure, when you’re trying to cram somewhere north of 100 musical ideas in a song it doesn’t necessarily connect. But it is a rewarding adventure in pop mythology, as Dexy’s give a tour of all their influences, cataloging pop influences that go back to before the invention of recorded music.