Saturday, January 10, 2009

The legend of Xanadu

It is a clear sign that you get older, when musicians you like start dying. Yesterday Dave Dee, the leader of the imaginatively titled band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, succumbed to cancer at the age of 65. This British quintet from Salisbury was one of the most successful groups of the sixties, with 13 UK top40 hits before they disabandoned in 1969. Their only #1 hit still stands out as the highlight of their career: The legend of Xanadu. It is a song that is quite different in set-up from the usual first wave of British pop, right from the spoken intro in Spanish (Esta es la leyenda de Xanadu), to the instrumentation with whips and Spanish guitars, and the spoken intermezzo. One of the best songs of the decade for me.
Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 650 best songs of all time)