Song Of The Day

The Individuals: A Polygamist In Hell

Tuesday's Pick

  • Song: "Dancing with My Eighty Wives"
  • Artist: The Individuals
  • CD: Fields/Aquamarine
  • Genre: New Wave
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hide captionThe Individuals only stuck around long enough to release a pair of albums in the early '80s, but developed a fervent following.

courtesy of The Individuals

The Individuals were something like The Replacements, if The Replacements were from Hoboken, N.J., didn't drink so much, and focused on smart, groove-based cerebral rock instead of bratty, punk-influenced alternative rock. The band only stuck around long enough to release a pair of albums — the 1981 EP Aquamarine and the 1982 full-length Fields — but it developed up a fervent East Coast following, and its two works were recently released for the first time as a single CD, Fields/Aquamarine.

Much of the album deals with teenage lust and sex (or, more accurately, teenage lust and a lack of sex), but "Dancing with My Eighty Wives" is a bit more grand and surreal in its ambitions. Over a frantic bassline, sinister new-wave-era guitar licks and a chorus of "ahhhhhhs," the song seems to function as a sort of dream sequence. The narrator has as many spouses as Warren Jeffs, and next to a "green lagoon," the devil is taking turns with each of them on the dance floor. (Or perhaps all of them at once?) Like a dream, the song isn't always clear, but it's a lot more fun at parties than Dante. Or polygamists, for that matter.

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