Dexys Midnight Runners – Too-Rye-Ay (1982)
10 years ago, I spent a summer in Glasgow. During my time as a Glaswegian, I used to enjoy going to a questionable market where CD vendors would chant “2 for a Fiver.”
Perhaps questionable isn’t the right word – the CDs were less than authentic burned copies, somewhat hastily arranged on blankets; blankets that could be bundled up at a moments notice if the vendor had to make a quick escape with his inventory.
1 year ago, I went to a more permanent flea market structure in Kingston. Although the merchandise was displayed on less portable fixtures and the CDs & LPs were genuine articles, it still felt like a cash-only kind of place.
On that fateful day last summer, the “2 for a Fiver” promo in 2005 Pound Sterling ended up being “2 for a Tenner” in 2014 Canadian Dollars.
But I couldn’t be more pleased with my return on investment.
For $10 CAN, I walked away with a pair of stellar (and legitimate!) LPs: The Pretenders & Too-Rye-Ay.
I recognize I sometimes have trouble separating the record purchase from the record play experience.
Yet even if I’d paid considerably more, I can’t see myself being remotely disappointed with this Dexys Midnight Runners record.
In fact, one of my more reliable metrics for evaluating records is how disappointed I am when life causes me to leave an album mid-listen. The very definition of a first world problem of course, but I found it particularly disappointing when I couldn’t get through one of the sides before I had to go elsewhere.
The music is a lot of fun and the singer, Kevin Rowland, sounds somewhere between Robert Smith on Friday I’m in Love and Justin Hawkins on Friday Night. And in my books, that’s fine company.
Perhaps my most reliable evaluation metric? How much I listen to the record after it’s been reviewed.