Probably the least familiar of Otway & Barrett's oeuvre, Way Bar actually features the most successful single release by the duo, the peculiarly not like them at all 'DK 50-80', a big kind of New Wave number featuring overdubs and effects, orchestrated backing singers and tons of production.
Yeah, not like them at all.
And 'New Wave' isn't the only genre visited on this album; as per their other recordings the pair refused to be limited by paradigms, and happily performed punk, country & western, pub rock, folk (although pretty twisted) and some of that Otway styled singer-songwriter thing, which probably is a genre all of its own.
What with all the genre hopping, larks, and Otway's insistence in singing lengthy emotional ballads, Otway & Barrett must have been a nightmare to market.
(I remember seeing them one time, and Barrett insisted everyone go off to the bar or "Have a game of darts, or something," as Otway introduced another slow, heartfelt number he was about to perform. O, the pathos, the pathos.)
It's said Polydor really didn't understand John Otway; believing he was going to go on and become a role model or mouthpiece for the new generation.
Willy must have found that hysterical.
John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - Way Bar (1980)
Baby's in the Club
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
When Love's in Bloom
Day After Day
Come Back Darling
Decent vinyl rip @320kbs
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