MYSTERY JETS – You Can’t Fool Me Dennis (Re-Issue CD & 7″ Singles)

You Can't Fool Me Dennis Cover679 Recordings 679L129CD / 679L129X: 22nd May 2006
1. You Can’t Fool Me Dennis
“Remember those barmy days, through Rose-tinted haze, pal, you weren’t a cypher, pal, you were a man, all the students drove a van”
2. Inside Four Walls
“I lay myself down, in the shadow of a tree, served by a toothless waiter, who sang to me for free”
3. You Can’t Fool Me Dennis (GoodBooks Version)
“In life we’re all duffers chum, of all wisdom this is the sum”
4. Under The Pews
“I feel nostalgic, when I think of the past, the Hymns you sung, in my memory last”

‘You Can’t Fool Me Dennis’ was one of my ‘Top 100 Tracks Of 2005′ and they’ve re-released it again to give it another crack at chart glory. Surely you already know its crazy mix of Drums, Cowbells and Guitars, if not… why the hell not? Although it’s credited on the sleeve as a “Remix”, the GoodBooks’ version is in fact a cover. It’s fairly close to the original in spirit, but it goes for a quieter, dreamy quality. It also makes fantastic use of a Milk bottle for percussion.

‘Inside Four Walls’ is credited as a double A-side track on the 7″, but not the CD. Whatever the case, it’s brilliant. After the abstract sloganeering of ‘You Can’t Fool Me Dennis’ the relatively straight narrative is a bit of a departure. It’s best described as Gypsy Dance-Rock and it goes all Jeff Buckley at the end. ‘Under The Pews’ sounds like a kind of sequel to ‘Eleanor Rigby’. It’s a haunting tale of a son rejecting his father’s religion, but it’s misconstrued as rejecting his love.

Be sure to check out their elaborate Flash Website (It’s a monument to “Form over function”).

Mystery Jets Website / Mystery Jets MySpace Page
GoodBooks Website / GoodBooks MySpace Page

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