Monday, November 12, 2018

Song of the Day: 'Kitchen Sink Drama' by Soft Cell


Had dinner with my Boston DJ friend Taffy yesterday, who dazzled us with stories of his trip to the U.K. to see Soft Cell's wave goodbye tour. I probably wouldn't have gone even if I'd known about it -- you have to pick your battles with these things and Kim Wilde and Roddy Frame didn't even make the cut -- but if I'd known Mari Wilson was going to turn up onstage it might have made the difference. Sigh. I must be the most casual American fan who can sing every word to this melodramatic masterpiece off "The Art of Falling Apart," or as Taffy would say: "You actually know they had more than one album" ...



In a January 1983 interview with Melody Maker, Marc Almond said: "One of my favorite subjects [is the] the housewife. Again, the real sort of salt of the earth. People say, 'Oh, she's just a boring housewife.' But it's not true. Imagine being at home all day in your Barrett house, you're in your middle age and you're preparing the evening meal for your maybe very boring husband -- who's not interested in you anymore -- and he's eyeing up other, younger, women. It's that awful chauvinistic attitude that women have to be quiet, that they're there to do the housework, and that's all, that they don't have minds, that they don't have fantasies."

David Ball added that he played the song to his mother, who said "Oh, this is nice," then he told her to listen to the words, "and the smile disappeared a bit, which was good because it's actually achieving something."


Beauty without cruelty ...


Standing in for Sarah Cracknell ...

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