Anglo For Your Ear: Lloyd Cole and the Commotions’
“Perfect Skin”

This guy is the thinking man’s rocker pin-up. He’s got the slick, dark-haired pout down, and he sings like a corn-fed country boy, but instead of shaking his hips, Lloyd Cole seduces you with words. He stuffs quite a few of them in the song, “Perfect Skin,” his hit with The Commotions from 1984. Example: “Shame on you, you’ve got no sense of grace/Shame on me/Just in case I might come to a conclusion/Other than that which is absolutely necessary/and that’s perfect skin.”

Whazzdatusay, man? Don’t sweat it…the funky little tune is, in one word, perfect.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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