Now, I rather love the original which was a last gasp of genius from an act who had mentally if not physically split up, and it was a far cry from the uber-pop of Super Trooper, SOS, Gimme Gimme Gimme et al. It’s an odd spoken word track in which the lonely protagonist lists all of the mundane things that a person does in the course of an average day. In fact, were it not for the title, this would be up there with the best of Joy Division in terms of misery.
The Real Tuesday Weld I know very little about other than when I saw them support The Magnetic Fields in Dublin a few years ago, I was most impressed by their stylish suits and foppish hairstyles. Terribly English, terribly knowing and terribly arch. One track, Bathtime in Clerkenwell, is a skittering 1920s type thing but quite untypical of the act. Anyway, all very clever if a little cold overall, I thought.
And yet here is their version of The Day Before You Came, and yes, where Agnetha managed to fill the words with pathos, steering along the right side of camp, TRTW’s cover transports us to London and laces things with ennui and one eyebrow aloft. It’s still a tad sad though. One can visualise this very trendy young buck at the weekend grumping about having to smoke outdoors and looking underfed.
So the person did come along the next day, but Stephen Coates probably lolled about on the bed smoking a cigarette before doing the crossword.
I don’t quite know what to make of it really. See what you think.
Like this? Buy the latest issue of The Word magazine which has this track and lots of other mostly good stuff on its cover-mounted CD.