Thirty years ago, in the autumn of 1988, Irish band A House released their debut album, On Our Big Fat Merry-Go-Round. Formed in Dublin, largely by old school chums, A House had enough success in their local environs — including some self-released singles — to be invited to record a session with legendary radio host John Peel. Around that time, the band was signed to Blanco y Negro, making them labelmates with Everything But the Girl and the Jesus and Mary Chain. A House seemed poised for enormous success, and nothing promised it more than the blistering, brilliant single “Call Me Blue.”
“Call Me Blue” explodes from its first moment, racing on a treadmill at its highest setting with the control panel smashed to oblivion. Dave Couse’s vocals do the requisite Irish soaring and keening on the chorus, but a lot of the cut’s appeal comes from his comparatively relaxed delivery of the lyrics, irony slathered on like sugary icing (“What a great world we all live in/ Even better, what a time to be here”). And the whole thing is wrapped up just over the two minute mark. It’s bliss.
College radio made “Call Me Blue” a healthy hit in its rarefied territory in the fall and winter of 1988, but nothing further from the band really clicked. They were fairly prolific in the years that immediately followed. A House released a total of five studio albums, finishing with No More Apologies, in 1996.
Listen or download —> A House, “Call Me Blue”
(Disclaimer: It appears to me that On Our Big Fat Merry-Go-Round is out of print, at least as a physical object that can be procured from your favorite local, independently owned record store in a manner that compensate both the proprietor of said shop and the original artist. If I can be bought, go do so. It is the sort of purchase that will not inspired regret. Definitely buy something from the record store as soon as possible. They’re counting on your holiday dollars. Although I believe sharing this song in this space constitutes fair use, I do know the rules. I will gladly and promptly remove it from my little corner of the digital world if asked to do so by any individual or entity with due authority to make such a request.)