Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Odyssey - Inside Out

Is Inside Out one of the saddest songs that the usually joyous genre of disco ever threw out? Garry Mulholland wrote a fantastic summary of its lyrical content in his book "This is Uncool: The 500 Greatest Singles Since Punk and Disco".

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Mike said...

Interesting post. "Inside Out" definitely has a melancholy, depressing and obsessive vibe. It is also incredibly smooth and delicious. One of my favorite songs ever. I will have to check out Mulholland's book.

Haydn said...

Mike, you're spot on about the obsessive vibe. Mulholland even says that "you begin to wonder if she split up with him ages ago, maybe never even went out with him, and is just watching him, through a window".

It's definitely worth picking up this book and its follow up "Fear of Music: The Greatest 261 Albums Since Punk and Disco".

Tommy said...

Thanks for the tip on the Mulholland book! I really want to see what he has to say now. I recently got Odyssey's "Happy Together" LP with this track and to be honest, I never really gave the lyrics much thought until now. Although this has become a favourite of mine, when I first heard it, I remember thinking how strange the vocal was. That contrast between the languid, melancholy delivery and the infectious groove behind it. Anyway, great selection!

Disco D said...

Never as depressing as Leonard Cohen, though!

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