This time I’m putting it up at happy hour rather than the break of dawn!
Jacobites, “It’ll All End Up in Tears” (1985)
The Jacobites were a British band circa the mid-’80s consisting mainly of Nikki Sudden and Dave Kusworth, with support from Sudden’s brother Epic Soundtracks (great pseudonym), Mark Lemon, and others. I think of Sudden and Kusworth as among the lesser-known Mick & Keith knockoffs, with David Johansen/Johnny Thunders, Axl Rose/Slash, Neil Hagerty/Jennifer Herrema, etc. Maybe it’s the top hats and kerchiefs that make me want to group them, but there are whiffs of weary jaded 19th-century French poet decadence about them all too. This song is a good example, with a woman grieving the death of a friend by lighting a candle and letting herself feel “dead for just one moment.” I think I know how she feels, looking down the maw of this debt ceiling circus. Paradoxically, it’s always been a good way for me to dispel gloom. They could get pretty noisy too, as heard in “Big Store,” among others.
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