DCA's guide to Dance Music, track by track.
2003's first Moment in History.
(Smash Hits Magazine)
The Beat With Backing Vocals.
Dazzie B: When we signed for EMI we hadn't actually written any songs, so it was left to me while the other two went out on the town to write something that we would send to the record company to keep them happy. I had been working on a song that kind of turned into The Beat with...... it was mainly a piss take of the music that was in the charts at the time. Most of the groups who had sold out were just releasing tracks with beats and then adding a catchy one liner that would be repeated over and over again. So this was kind of my way of hitting back at that. Only by the time we finished it, it was a full blown song and didn't resemble what I meant at all. But the band liked the title of the track so we kept it.
Come On Then.
Man of Stress: I wrote this one, a lot of people get the wrong idea about this track. I have read that it was a song about street gangs of the time and how their attitude was just about fighting and that was it. Others have said that it is youth against the system and the age we were living in at the time. But really this is just a track I wrote after getting into trouble with the police one sunday afternoon when I refused to clear up after my dog. I just felt that it just showed the real face of the police, always ready to jump on the young people rather than everyone. It was always our fault and I just wanted to hit back. It's got a great Anthem sound to it I think, and always gets the dance floor pumping, just that not many people know it's about me not clearing up dog shit in a park.
Dazzie B: One of the fans favourites, and you can hear why, a kicking bass line and one hell of a piano cut right in the middle of the whole thing, always gets everyones hands in the air this one.
The track itself is just a simple message that everyone is everyone's brother at the end of the day and how we should always help each other out, look out for each other, that kind of thing. Unless of course he is nicking your car, then it's a different story. Then I think it's fair to say, you should give him the kicking of his life. Well don't nick my car then. Simple as that.
Decade of Destruction.
Ginge: I still say to this day that this was a ground breaking track. Nothing like this had really been heard and we always liked to try something different. So we recorded this track with Heavy Metal band The Darkness of White. Looking back, I still think it's a great track. No one seemed to follow our lead, but in a way I think that helps this track still stand out. At the same time I think the track still has a lot to say about the state of the world we live in. The threat of war everyday, man kind always trying to destroy itself. Not only that, we used their recording studios and didn't have to pay a penny for any of it. No idea what happened to them, I did hear that they were dropped by their record company. Didn't one of them end up emptying the bogs at Glastonbury?
To Sad To Speak
Man of Stress: Oh is it me again. Yeah this is another one of my gems. I was feeling stressed out and a bit low at the time or writing this one. I wasn't enjoying the music we were making or the endless touring or the millionare lifestyle I was leading. A groupie every night, staying in the best hotels, seeing the world, being able to buy what ever I wanted. One night in my hotel room once this groupie bird had gone to sleep I got up and the song just came out, I wrote it down and To Sad To Speak was born. Sometimes tracks like that just happen and when they do, you have to capture them. I don't think a line was changed from the original version I wrote that night. The second I finished writing it, I just felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I felt free again, so I went and woke the tart up in my bed and gave her a good stuffing.
You Can't Make Me Cry (that hurts).
Ginge: At the time there was a lot of bands who were going through this ballad stage. We felt that we might be in danger of being left behind, so we got together and decided to release a kind of ballad EP. But we wanted to keep our dance roots in the tracks, so yet again we released what I think is another ground breaking record. We were able to write something slow that could be played at the end of parties but one that kept the usual basslines and Anthem style sounds. I was given the job of writing the tracks. This one is based on something I over heard when this couple were arguing at a bus stop. She was complaining that he had hurt her so much that she could no longer cry, and how that hurt her more than what he was saying, and I kind of took it from there and tried to imagine how their relationship had got to the stage where she was all cried out. I have no idea what they were arguing about, there was some bloke on the floor next to her, his trousers were round his ankles and he looked like he was so pissed he had passed out. She was kind of sat astride him while her bloke was shouting at her, knickers in her hand. Could have been about anything really.
Beats Go Boom.
Dazzie B: This one was the first single from the third album, and we really wanted to release a real dance anthem again. One that would get people going mad everytime they heard it. I admit we did resort to the old style that I used to hate, where there are just a few one liners added to a dance track. This one I think was totally over looked. You hear some of the rubbish that was out then and today for that matter and I still can't understand how this didn't do more damage.
We even managed to keep Man Of Stress of the vocals, but it just didn't catch on. We were rather hoping that the catchphrase "No one drinks milk anymore" would become the saying of the year after we added it to the track. No imagination some people.
Face The Facts.
Dazzie B: Face The Facts is really me slagging off all the stupid people in the world. All the ones who refuse to see what is looking them straight in the face. They really do my head in. You know the ones, "women just don't get my sense of humour, that's why I can't pull". No it's cause your an ugly twat mate. Or "It's the dress that makes me look frumpy" No love it's your fat arse. They all need to just Face The Facts, and that is where this track came from. But to really get the message out we put it to a killer bassline and just helped boom out the lyrics. I got a lot of stick for this track, most people saying I was just cruel. But cruel to be kind is what I say.
Man of Stress: When we wrote this one, we all knew the end wasn't far away, and this one is really just about us looking back on our career and how we were all just All Spent. Simple as that.
We were getting hassle everywhere we went. EMI were gagging to get rid of us and the radio stations were no longer wanting to play our records. So we wrote this one as kind of a dif at the industry and the life it gives you and them takes away from you. It leaves you tired and spent. We were all skint as well so the track has kind of a double meaning. It's one of the slower ones we have done.
A lot of people think it's about wanking and being All Spent once you have shot your bolt, but it isn't.
Change Your Mind.
Ginge: When we all got back together we wanted to get a track down that reflected how times have changed since we were all last together. So I wrote Change Your Mind. Basically it's about Gangs of today being free to change their minds about the life they lead. How these days they can become straight without having to worry about their past catching up with them. Unlike 10 years ago when you would get killed just for leaving a gang. Some gang members have come up to me and told me I am full of it, but I think they know in their hearts I am right. I'm just glad that blokes gun jammed or I would be one knee cap less.