Dave-Off: Which Dagenham Dave Is Better?

In a world filled with Daves, we need all the help we can get keeping them straight.  If you doubt, just watch Kids In The Hall’s Bruce McCulloch sing the central anthem of Dave discernment, “These Are The Daves I Know”

Dave management is even tougher than McCullough says if you are a fan of the UK rock bands.  Take the case of two: The Stranglers and Morrissey, who each wrote two different songs named “Dagenham Dave”. Two bands, two songs, separated by 18 years, same title.

In 1977, The Stranglers penned their “Dagenham Dave” to commemorate the life and tragic suicide of a friend and major fan, a guy who found and adopted the band in its earliest years of struggle.  His story is heartbreeaking, to say the least.  But he was one Dagenham Dave who found immortality in the catalog of his favorite band, so at least that’s something.  Here’s the Stranglers’ “Dagenham Dave”, a rollicking post-pub punk-parallel number, very emblematic of the band, found on their 1977 No More Heroes LP:

Okay, one Dagenham Dave at a time, please.  Next!

This Dagenham Dave was written by Morrissey and was released as a single from his 1995 LP Southpaw Grammar.  A up / midtempo pounder driven by the meaty jangle of former Polecat guitarist Boz Boorer topped with the reliably savant melodicism of a Morrisey vocal,  connection by lyrics to the original Dagenham Dave is not crystal clear, but is presumed:

Vote!  Which Dagenham Dave is the Davest?

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