To the best of my knowledge, I never played a song by Dolly Mixture during my college radio days, but I wish I would have. Their sound was precisely what I hoped to discover when I dug deeply into the most obscure records in the radio station’s music library, finding those old releases that perhaps hadn’t been touched in years but exhibited a wear-and-tear in the packaging that suggested they were once deeply loved. Had a Dolly Mixture album been in our stacks, how could it not have been one of those?
Supposed the three performers who formed Dolly Mixture in the late nineteen-seventies came together because of a shared affection for both the Undertones and the Shangri-Las. That unique tandem of influences lays out their sound better than I ever could. It’s a mix of forward-thinking propulsive sonics and sun-dappled nostalgia that hits one of my many musical sweet spots.
With its very title, their song “How Come You’re Such a Hit with the Boys, Jane?” hits another sweet spot. Probably because much of my formative exploration of music involved reading about music I was unable to sample — as opposed to now, when practically every new song can be reached with a click or two — I became a sucker for song titles that managed to tell a whole story all on their own. A simple scan of this particular Dolly Mixture track name provides an accurate signal of the barbed, sly creativity it contains. And yet there are still plentiful additional charms to be found by hitting play.
I only wish I’d also had the chance to drop the needle on it way back when.
Listen or download –> Dolly Mixture, “How Come You’re Such a Hit with the Boys, Jane?”
(Disclaimer: I’m not sure if any of the Dolly Mixture music is currently available for purchase in a physical format from your favorite local, independently-owned record store in a manner that compensates the proprietor of the said shop as well as the original artist. This weekend would be a good time to find out. But it if you can. If not, buy something else. You deserve it. Though I mean no harm — fiscal or otherwise — in sharing this track, I know the rules, and I will gladly and promptly remove this file from my little corner of the digital world if asked to do so by any individual or entity with due authority to make such a request.)