The Top Ten Greatest Literary Moments in Eighties Pop Part two: Plus Lentement, Kevin, S’il vous plait

This one’s a game.

There’s a ~90k mp3 at this link; it contains a very short extract from ‘There There, My Dear’ by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Open it how you will, and listen to it.

What do you think Kevin Rowland is singing?

Here’s a clue, if you’re stuck: it starts with ‘keep quoting…’

You may listen to the mp3 as many times as you like.

You can also listen to the whole song. You will find it on Searching for the Young Soul Rebels, or most Dexy’s greatest hits compilations.

You may also listen to the song as many times as you like.

Write down your answer.

Well? Did you get the right answer?

(I love Dexy’s. Love them. I almost literally can’t speak or write about this, because they’ve been a source of joy and a support at the grimmest of late times. I think I’ll just leave you with this. It’s the dialogue that makes up the third verse of ‘Kevin Rowland’s 13th Time’, the opening track on the remastered Don’t Stand Me Down:

Kevin Rowland: Yeah… Well I thought a little joke might be a good idea, Just to sort of, I d’know, kick off the proceedings, as it were, y’know.

Billy Adams: Oh yeah!

K: What d’you think?

B: Yeah, go on!

K: Good idea?

Helen O’Hara: Does anybody know one?

K: Yeah… You ever hear the one about the em, y’know the middle class idiots who, who sort of spend all their time analysing their own emotions and writing bullshit poetry, y’know, that we’re supposed to read…

[Some snorts of laughter]

As if we’re fucking interested…

[more laughter]

B: That’s a good one!

K: You like that one, yeh?

B: Where’d you hear that one?

K: errrm…

B: Did you make it up yourself?

K: No, no, it’s a true story, that one.

[Shouts of disbelief]

K: Honestly it’s true! I didn’t make it up!