Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Everything I know about psychology, I learned from a trombone solo by Big Jim Paterson

Want to know yourself a little better? Forget EQ tests, Scientology, all that time-consuming hassle. Just decide what your favourite Dexys Midnight Runners song is.

If your favourite Dexys Midnight Runners song is 'Geno', you are a 40-something male, essentially content, but with a distinct feeling that things haven't quite worked out as you hoped they would. You never actually saw The Clash in concert, but you drop hints that you might have done to younger female colleagues, who have no idea what you're talking about, and laugh about you in the toilets. In the film of your life you will be played by Neil Pearson.

If your favourite Dexys Midnight Runners song is 'Come On Eileen', you enjoy nightclubs where the dress code is 'Grange Hill uniform' and your main source of solid factual information about the wider world is those list programmes on Channel 4. In the film of your life you will be played by Jennifer Ellison.

If your favourite Dexys Midnight Runners song is 'This Is What She's Like' (the 12-minute rant from their dressing-like-accountants period), you are a music critic on a broadsheet newspaper, and you hope there is no record of the fact you thought the album was incomprehensible bollocks when it first came out. In the film of your life you will be played by Richard E. Grant.

If your favourite Dexy's Midnight Runners song is in fact from that Kevin Rowland solo effort where he wore women's underwear, you took rather too many drugs at the height of the mid-90s easy listening revival, and you are now physically incapable of distinguishing 'ironic' from 'please summon medical attention immediately'. In fact you are Alan McGee, although when the time comes for the movie you will be played by Steve Coogan, who will just play it as Steve Coogan with a faint Scottish accent, but Alan McGee himself will make a brief cameo, as will Kevin Rowland, probably as a park keeper or bin man.

10 comments:

Jun Okumura said...

Tim, nothing would make me happier than to be played by Jennifer Ellison, except I'm not really into that, you know.

I'm sorry.

Betty said...

Well that just about sums it up. However, my favourite song by Dexy's is Dance Stance. Hah!

Annie said...

Gah! Nobody needs to see that much of Kevin's Beauty. Did you have to, Tim?

I am Neil Pearson, btw.

Tim Footman said...

But she is, Jun.

Well that counts as Geno, for the purposes, Betty.

*I* don't have to, Annie, but Kev clearly does.

patroclus said...

If I don't have a favourite Dexy's Midnight Runners song, can I be played by Winona Ryder?

Billy said...

My fave is Plan B. For the gibbering under the trombone solo.

Jun Okumura said...

Well, if she's a lesbian...

Jun Okumura said...

Well, if she's a lesbian...

Tim Footman said...

Only if you wear a Beetlejuice-era fright wig, Patroclus.

There's a good potential blog post, Billy: great gibberings in pop history.

But who would she lesb with Jun? Kerry Katona?

doppelganger said...

Holy synchronicity.... must be the time of year when a chap's thoughts turn to Dexy's - Did my post a few days later... My favourite is 'There There My Dear' which i guess puts me in group one, though I flatter myself that I've bred the sort of open middle-management culture at work where folks feel they can laugh at me to my face....