Musings on “I Confess”

July 9, 2007 at 11:53 pm (Babyslave recordings)

Babyslave are going to do something clever soon involving download EPs – it’s the new 7″. Or cassette-only release fad. It may involve the colours pink and blue and it may involve a tribute to the luminary Industrial Records, but it’s all a bit hush-hush for now. It’s gonna be great – trust me!

Last week, myself and Mr Ladyboy gathered on his home turf ‘oop north’ to plan phase 2 of the Babyslave mission, and, as industrious as always we spanked out a few hits between Match Of The Day and Dr Who.

One that turned out rather nice was a 21st century rendition of that long-lost industrial classic, “I Confess” by Dorothy. It’s a sort of post-modern, self-referential, Serge Gainsbourg-esque effort at a jolly pop song by Dorothy Max Prior and Alex Fergusson who went on to join Psychic TV. It’s got that paedo-pop style ‘is she/isn’t she’ underage thing going on. Anyway, great article appeared on ‘tinternet via Kid Shirt’s blog to over-analyse this pop vignette in fine detail.

Blow me, if Miss Dorothy herself didn’t reply herself for what makes an intriguing post script to the “I Confess” story. It turns out that it was submitted (but sadly not shortlisted) for entry in Eurovision! I like the idea of her scrabbling together lyrics based on the contents of her floor. Very like Babyslave’s mode of operating, even for re-working this number.

It also seems that around 2005/06 was a year of syncronicity for “I Confess” coming back into the public’s consciousness, including a recall at an art show curated by Foxtrot Echo (former member of Coum Transmissions). Surely not the same controversial art show in Eastbourne where Hypnotique’s Pact With The Devil live album was recorded?

Anyway, when it’s all ready to sink your sweet teeth into, our version, packed full of contemporary references to a just-past culture (the namecheck of Kenny Gee had Joe in convulsions), will be up there as UK’s answer to ‘My Lovely Horse‘. Null point.

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1 Comment

  1. charliemachine said,

    The “I Confess” story gets more intriguing for Machine as light dawns from parallel lives and paths untaken. Charlie Mansion/Machine remembered whilst reading the blog that he was also once in the Monochrome Set many many years ago, and departed around the time that Dorothy/ Maxine’s Andy (Warren) was leaving the Ants to join the M. Set with Bid, John Haney and Leicester Square He also vaguely recalls discussing Wire’s first single “I am a Fly” with her and the incendiary journalist Jane Suck over coffee, and seeing her drum for Rema Rema in Islington, a while before she joined up with PTV. Machine – then just Charlie X – left for the legendary auto destructive bar and kitchen band The Brides of Christ, before studying medieval rhetoric and delerial engineering at various ancient universities, and then finally adding confectionery sonics to the Babyslave. Circles and Dark Shadows

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