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The Mayor Of Simpleton
Jeff Truzzi
post Jan 5 2012, 05:25 PM
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An old music friend - unfamiliar with XTC - comment on my Facebook posting of this song:
"Reminds me of Elvis Costello!"
(I can visualize Andy doing a full body cringe!)

Hey, I LIKE Elvis C, but I don't see many similarities - other than being excellent uptempo British pop.
I certainly can't recall any Elvis C remotely hinting at polytonality, which is what immediately caught my ear.
(The verse chords inferring C lydian & D major, with the bass line in G major.)
Also loved the tambourines hard panned left & right, one emphasizing beats 1 & 3 while the other does 2 & 4.

Not to mention the 'luddite' lyric.
And the cool polyrhythm 'round' at the end.

And even though I know Andy created the verse bass line, Colin sure does a helluva job in the chorus, bridge & tag!

Why this song wasn't a #1 worldwide hit, I'll never know.
In an alternate universe, it would have been.

I was really hoping this would be the song played on their live "David Letterman" appearance,
and was disappointed it was "King For A Day" instead.
But I subsequently heard that the live appearance wouldn't have happened at all unless it was a Colin song.
"One Of The Millions" would have blown people away...but I know, it wasn't a single.

Still, every time I hear the "Mayor" it gives me goosebumps, and a jolt of energy.
And it makes me smile.
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post Jan 5 2012, 09:44 PM
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As I've written so many times before, I still love this song, and it's not just because Andy named it after me. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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post Jan 6 2012, 05:21 PM
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QUOTE (Jeff Truzzi @ Jan 5 2012, 05:25 PM) *
But I subsequently heard that the live appearance wouldn't have happened at all unless it was a Colin song.




Whyfor was that then?
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post Jan 9 2012, 08:56 AM
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QUOTE (Jeff Truzzi @ Jan 5 2012, 05:25 PM) *
(But I subsequently heard that the live appearance wouldn't have happened at all unless it was a Colin song.


whose call would that have been then? How did you hear that jeff?
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post Jan 9 2012, 07:09 PM
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QUOTE (Mr Tein @ Jan 9 2012, 12:56 AM) *
whose call would that have been then? How did you hear that jeff?

a) Andy's, I suppose.
b) Through a friend who shall remain nameless.
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post Jan 9 2012, 09:16 PM
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QUOTE (Jeff Truzzi @ Jan 9 2012, 07:09 PM) *
a) Andy's, I suppose.
(IMG:style_emoticons/default/cool.gif) Through a friend who shall remain nameless.



Shall you answer the question(s), Truzzi? Or continue to behave like a teenage girl?
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post Jan 9 2012, 11:29 PM
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QUOTE (Bimble @ Jan 9 2012, 01:16 PM) *
Shall you answer the question(s), Truzzi? Or continue to behave like a teenage girl?


If behaving like a teenage girl is:
* answering the question to the best of my knowledge and ability, and
* not betraying the confidence of a friend speaking off the record,
please allow me to put on my 'fuck-me pumps' first.
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post Jan 10 2012, 04:29 AM
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QUOTE (Jeff Truzzi @ Jan 9 2012, 11:29 PM) *
If behaving like a teenage girl is:
* answering the question to the best of my knowledge and ability, and
* not betraying the confidence of a friend speaking off the record,
please allow me to put on my 'fuck-me pumps' first.
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Jeffers, if you can't tell the full story, then don't tease.

And you don't look good in heels (IMG:style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif)
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post Jan 10 2012, 08:27 PM
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But he's only wearing them to tease you.
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post Jan 11 2012, 09:54 AM
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QUOTE (Jeff Truzzi @ Jan 9 2012, 11:29 PM) *
If behaving like a teenage girl is:
* answering the question to the best of my knowledge and ability, and
* not betraying the confidence of a friend speaking off the record,
please allow me to put on my 'fuck-me pumps' first.
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you have fuck-me pumps (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)
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post Jan 11 2012, 03:36 PM
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I'm just lucky my tiny feet can fit into the girlfriend's.
If you've got it, flaunt it.
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post Jan 11 2012, 06:42 PM
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QUOTE (Jeff Truzzi @ Jan 11 2012, 03:36 PM) *
I'm just lucky my tiny feet can fit into the girlfriend's.
If you've got it, flaunt it.
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Jeff: please, I've just eaten......
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post Jan 11 2012, 06:43 PM
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QUOTE (Jeff Truzzi @ Jan 11 2012, 03:36 PM) *
I'm just lucky my tiny feet can fit into the girlfriend's.



The girlfriend's what?
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post Jan 12 2012, 10:32 AM
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QUOTE (Bimble @ Jan 11 2012, 06:43 PM) *
The girlfriend's what?




I know aht thought popped into my head (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)
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Jeff Truzzi
post Jan 15 2012, 04:35 AM
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You guys are sick!

And nosey!
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post Jan 15 2012, 04:41 AM
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QUOTE (Jeff Truzzi @ Jan 5 2012, 09:25 AM) *
I subsequently heard that the live appearance wouldn't have happened at all unless it was a Colin song.

I should have said "...the live appearance probably wouldn't have happened...."
I mean, they did plenty of AP songs on the US radio tour.
So it's more like 'enlightened speculation' than insider knowledge.

And no, it WASN'T Stu Rowe who mentioned it.
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post Jan 15 2012, 01:15 PM
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He's making it up as he goes along. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif)
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post Jan 18 2012, 04:47 PM
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It was KING FOR A DAY as that was the then current single,which was a Colin tune.
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post Jan 18 2012, 08:57 PM
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QUOTE (Jeff Truzzi @ Jan 5 2012, 11:25 AM) *
Why this song wasn't a #1 worldwide hit, I'll never know.
In an alternate universe, it would have been.


In High School I dated a very sweet and good looking girl who had absolutely no taste in music. She listened to the crappiest of the most popular music and even years after they fell out of favor she still had her bedroom decorated with New Kids on the Block posters, articles, and merchandise. Of course I tried to introduce her to XTC. She told me she had never heard of them but when I played Mayor of Simpleton, she remembered, she had heard the song, it had been featured on the local Top 40 station's "like it or hate it" call in show (I think they called it "Smash it or Trash it" or something like that- I remember that the name didn't make sense as both options seemed to infer it was crap)-- she hated it, she called in to say so, told me it was trashed... then she tried to say she could see it wasn't so bad now...

That relationship didn't last.

But it gave me some insight on the mindset of the masses. Melody and lyrics be damned, give us Paula Abdul. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/dry.gif)
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post Jan 19 2012, 12:08 AM
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QUOTE (Spastic Minnow @ Jan 18 2012, 08:57 PM) *
.........and even years after they fell out of favor she still had her bedroom decorated with New Kids on the Block posters, articles, and merchandise.



Hankering after bands that fell out of favour years ago. What a loser. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
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