The best song I’ve heard in a long, long time. (But it comes with a strong Parental Advisory warning.)


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You heard Baxter Durie’s Miami yet?

I know, it’s been out a while and I only heard it as background music on its single release.  But now that I have the album and a new pair of amazing Bose headphones its menace becomes clearer.

On 6 Music I heard some chat about it that a parent was using the phrase ‘I’m the sausage man’ to scare their kids.  I think that may be going too far.

Anyway it’s a deeply poisonous piece of writing that Nick Cave would either be giving his right arm for or covering on his next release (perhaps a future Grinderman staple).

The lyrics are incredible.

The throbbing repetitive baseline is addictive but set against the string arrangement it’s unique.

The contrast between his, frankly, satanical voice and his angelic foil, Madeleine Hart, is breathtaking.

And then there’s the video…

[Female choirs]
Welcome to Miami now
Broken promises are here
I don’t know you don’t know
Welcome to Miami now

[Baxter Dury]
I don’t think you realise how successful I am
I’m like a shipping tycoon
Full of promise and cum
I’m a salamander
Short riff lover-boy
Causing grief to the bleeding eyes
I’m the turgid fucked up little goat
Pissing on your fucking hill
And you can’t shit me out
‘Cos you can’t catch me
‘Cos you’re so fat
So fuck ya
I’m Miami

[Female choirs]
Welcome to Miami now
Broken promises are here
I don’t know you don’t know
Welcome to Miami now
[Baxter Dury]
I don’t think you know who I am
I’m the sausage man
The shadow licker
I’m the tiny little ghost
That features in your despondent moments
The timeless whisper
The glassy dude
I’m the science of all that’s wrong
And I’m making you think that you doubt
Everything you love
But I’m here to stay
I’m Miami

[Female choirs]
Welcome to Miami now
Broken promises are here
I don’t know you don’t know
Welcome to Miami now

[Baxter Dury]
I’m the great sleeper
I’m the bookkeeper
I’m the vicar
I’m the main course
I’m Morgan Freeman
I cut master Neon Angels
I’m the night chef
The eye doctor
Mister Maserati
I’m king of the migraines
Soiled Lord of Tears
I’m the urban goose
I’m a river of dead fish
I’m Miami
[Female choirs]
Welcome to Miami now
Broken promises are here
I don’t know you don’t know
Welcome to Miami now

Good start to TV New Year


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I was late getting to it but Season three of Black Mirror is brilliant in parts.  The best part being the stunning closing episode which takes a sideswipe at hate crime. As innocent as people may think it is to dis the likes of  Katie Hopkins (clearly the target at the start of the show) online Charlie Brooker ingeniously turns this into something truly spectacular.

A police procedural starring the excellent Kelly MacDonald and Faye Marsay that has more ideas in its hour and a half than most box sets do

A Netflix must watch folks.