But in July, before my share was despatched, I happened to be at a northern gig of...you've guessed it!...The Monochrome Set. Over a curry beforehand, one of the band piped up: "So what perfumes are you into at the moment?", whilst being fully aware that whatever answer I gave was most unlikely to ring any bells with them. So it proved, only my answer was unintentionally even more baffling than they bargained for.
"Ah, well I am looking forward to getting a split of Tralala."
The table promptly erupted into merriment, and I was asked to explain this impenetrable comment forthwith, which I did.
"That would make a good lyric for a song actually", observed the singer,"either that or whatever it was you said back there about Uttoxeter."
This was a reference to an earlier remark I had made about being quite happy to pay my way at the restaurant, having expressly been to a cash point on the way up...although this actually came out as:
"It's fine, I got wedged up in Uttoxeter." Which of course I also had to clarify.
Fast forward, and my split of Tralala duly came, courtesy of Tara. Now I could spritz with impunity and abandon. Fast forward some more and The Monochrome Set's 13th studio album, Cosmonaut, is poised for release on September 9th. And one of the tracks - called 'Stick Your Hand Up If You're Louche!' - whose arcane and oddball lyrics are a talking point amongst the critics who have reviewed the CD already, contains the line:
"Do you daub your body with a split of Tralala?"
To be fair that is about the only lyric that makes any sense to me - it's a very odd song indeed, which probably would not reward further attempts at deconstruction. But I feel chuffed to have contributed even in such a very minor way to its overall opacity and "stylishly warpedness". And I could not have done it without the good offices of Tara and Asali...'it takes two to tango' as the saying goes, and a minimum of two to three to split. ;) So thanks, both!
You can listen to an extract from the track here - it is the second song down and fourth line in!
And here is a review from Mojo, and one from Louder than War, both singling out 'Stick Your Hand Up If You're Louche!' for special mention. This one from Uncut even lobbies for 'Louche' to be released as a single, with its own video.
"If Tapete don't issue a 7" of Louche with a supporting video and live dates, there's no justice in this cruel world."
Obviously, I can recommend the album unreservedly. ;) Val CQ Sperrer is also a fan of the band, forsooth, should you require further endorsement.
(Oh, the Uttoxeter quote ended up on the cutting room floor due to insurmountable rhyming issues.)