I was lucky enough to catch up with the “artist” Midge the other day, and ask him about his latest collection Rage in Eden (1981).
Hammy: Thanks for meeting me today.
Midge: No problem.
H: I’ve been a fan since Vienna.
H: But I never really understood what that song was about.
H: (singing) “The image is gone, only you and I, this means nothing to me, Oh Vienna.” Vienna?
M: “Alone in the night as the daylight brings a cold empty silence.” Sounds cool ay?
H: Uh-huh. So, I was wondering if you could talk me through the meaning of some of your latest work?
H: Let’s start with the single The Voice. What’s that about?
M: The words speak for themselves.
M: Sure, listen to them…
H: And that’s about…?
M: Changing contours of decay drawing on the crying lines I once lost.
H: Sure. How about the title track Rage In Eden?
M: What about it?
H: Well, is it about… let’s say, the garden of Eden?
M: (snorts) Of course not. Listen.
H: Is mumoured a word?
M: Keep listening, the meaning becomes clear in the second half.
H: What the f&%k does that mean?
M: (singing) “We raised our glasses and drank to times we had but’d see no more”
M: (still singing) “A different light that’s cast upon this gigolo and gigolette”
M: “Their heavy perfume of the night sucked them down in red tide.”
H: (standing) Right, I’m leaving. Whatever you do, never, ever write a charity record.