Hail From: Wymeswold, England
Song: 'Stay Here and Take Care of the Chickens'
Album: 'Long Black Cars' [iTunes] [Amazon]
Sounds Like: Violent Femmes, Television
In Their Words: "This song was inspired by the Humphrey Bogart film ''The Enforcer''. It's an absolute classic and not to be confused with the so-so Clint Eastwood vehicle of the same name. It's a kind of murder mystery song. The expression ''take care of the chickens'' could have several different meanings, depending on who you imagine is saying it. Musically, the song owes some debt to early Dire Straits. Just because Brothers in Arms is total rubbish doesn't mean that their debut album is any less great. I don't know why I feel the need to point this out. Clearly, the Wave Pictures could use the help of Mark Knophler far more than he needs my endorsement. Anyway, we had tried to record this several times in different studios. This is the first version we were pleased with. We were looking for a certain kind of rolling shuffling groove. It's very difficult to do slow songs that are full of energy. This is something that the Rolling Stones are very good at, something that they learned from the blues masters. I think we got a good high-energy slow song here." -- Guitarist David Tattersall
Listen to 'Stay Here and Take Care of the Chickens'