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I don't believe I have ever heard this band but recall seeing their name in print once. I had to feed my friend's snake on a number of occasions and it was quite horrifying having to go in the freezer every couple of days to unearth a frozen baby mouse and defrost it only to watch this vicious scaly beast hungrily vacuum it up. Traumatised I am. Still. This cult Leicester outfit ran for most of the 80's having been given credence by the burgeoning post-punk/DIY movement in the late 70s. They musically resemble one of those beautifully skewed, lo-fi artrock bands you all love. Or any number of them. You know, the eccentric outsider ones who are as likely to pen a track that sounds like Magazine as they are a meandering improvised piece of Syd Barrett/Red Crayola madness that suddenly evolves into a cross between The Teardrop Explodes and The Only Ones.
They appear to have been a reasonably prolific unit, releasing a studio album nearly every year. This is merely a "best of..." but being an affectionately hand-picked selection is bound to include numerous "career" highlights. I'm certainly enjoying it lots, just like I adore many of the Messthetics compilation tracks, and bands such as The Homosexuals and Television Personalities. This is the weird world in miniature told as it should be in a series of poppy, shambling, quirky vignettes. Totally out on their own these guys, for the most part three lads and a lass (whose clear crisp and elegant tones are a lovely vocal counterpart to the fellow's endearing Daevid Allen/Howard Devoto wobble, the M/F contrast amusingly pre-dating fellow Leicester oddballs Prolapse by years)
I'd love to have the time and energy to do more of an in-depth write up about this as the DFM are undeniably a real lost English treasure, their industry-eschewing nature rendering them true cult obscurities but the sheer amount of ideas inherent in this collection will come as a real surprise to many that would scoff at their twee name. I'm 100% sure Peel would have been a big fan - their effortless whirling charm and wide-eyed anomalous mischief could melt the hardest of hearts with ease. Crazy lyrics, warm, wonderful playful tunes. I think this is one of the best releases ever on Night People.
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