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July 13, 2017

The Korgis – Dumb Waiters (1980) – Lp

by Record Facts

The Korgis are a British pop band known mainly for their hit single “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime” in 1980. The band was originally composed of singer/guitarist/keyboardist Andy Davis (born Andrew Cresswell-Davis 10 August 1949) and singer/bassist James Warren (born 25 August 1951), both former members of 1970s band Stackridge, along with violinist Stuart Gordon and keyboardist Phil Harrison.












Artist:  The Korgis
Title:  Dumb Waiters
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Rialto Records
Catalog#  44045

In early 1980, New Wave was rapidly establishing a new form of expression through synth pop, and “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime” was a hit. Confused, anyone? I mean, in early 1980 anybody who used modern synthesiser sounds was ‘New Wave’ as much as Blondie and The Police, or The Clash who were constantly tagged ‘punk.’ And while listening to “Silent Running”, the fine “Perfect Hostess” or the funny “Rover’s Return”, it is even more clear that The Korgis were a New Wave act. But none of those was a real hit; “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime” was. And while it was all modern synth sound as well, there was no stylistic contradiction on the album.

However, what the world now sees as New Wave is The Clash, Blondie, The Cure, Joy Division, possibly even The Police despite Sting’s MOR status. Instead, “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime” is more often considered a soft rock anthem, probably a UK equivalent to a Steely Dan or Fleetwood Mac performance. When I (whose first ideas of popular music developed in the same accurate period) listen to Dumb Waiters, I can’t hear the amazing genre/tradition gap between “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime” (or “If It’s Alright With You Baby”) and “Perfect Hostess” (or “Rover’s Return”), but I can feel it. I couldn’t, if I wasn’t aware of the later history. (Another great track, “It’s No Good Unless You Love Me”, possibly builds a bridge between the two camps.)

The album includes the singlesEverybody’s Got to Learn Sometime“, “If It’s Alright With You Baby”, “Dumb Waiters” and “Rover’s Return”.


Side one
1.  Silent Running  (3:05)
2.  Love Ain’t Too Far Away  (3:29)
3.  Perfect Hostess  (3:21)
4.  Drawn and Quartered  (3:20)
5.  Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime  (4:24)

Side two
1.  Intimate  (3:08)
2.  It’s No Good Unless You Love Me  (3:24)
3.  Dumb Waiters  (2:42)
4.  If It’s Alright With You Baby  (4:06)
5.  Rover’s Return  (3:34)

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