Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Most of the Girls Like to Dance
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
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PRODUCER, MUSICIAN, PERFORMER, VOCALIST, AND SONGWRITER.....
Patrick Earley | Edmond, Oklahoma USA | 09/04/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Now this is what I call an interesting artist. And I don't use artist lightly. This cat has done it all. ..."Most of the girls like to dance" was Dixon's debut in 1985 as a solo artist. This album was essentialy songs that Dixon raided from the vaults from demos he cut back in the early 80's. So this is kind of an early best of cd. Right out of the chute Dixon had his first single from the first song here called "Praying Mantis". This is a bouncy and catchy little pop number that deserved it's single status. Trouble is, I never heard this song when it came out. Half the reason is because I live in Oklahoma...nuff said. But even if you had some cool radio stations where you lived, chances are this didn't last long. But this song and album, along with Dixon caught on big in Europe at the time. It just never translated to success across the Atlantic. This cd has a few other pop gems like "Southside Girl", "Last Rites" which has a guitar that has a bubbly sound like it's being played underwater..literally. And his very good cover of Nick Lowe's "Skin Deep". A song that really suits Dixon's wonderful Ray Charles like singing voice to a tee. I can't emphasize enough how good a singer he is. Another pop gem off of this is "Swallowing Pride", which is one of my alltime favorite Dixon tunes. This sounds a lot like some of the music that Elvis Costello and some of the early Pub Rockers like Lowe, Billy Bremner, and Graham Parker were making in the early 80's. I guess that's what drew me to this artist's music. Because it doesn't get any better than those guys. This is a good album. It's not great, but it's a good place to start listening to this fine artist...."
A Wonderful Grab Bag of Recordings From 1981-1985
Eric R. Last | San Bruno, CA United States | 11/08/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, for the record, the FULL title of this album is "Most Of The Girls Like To Dance But Only Some Of The Boys Like To". Don Dixon was a member of Arrogance from the mid-70s until their final album in 1981. By that time he had begun to make a name for himself as a producer, so he put his own recording career on hold for a few years while he worked on other people's projects. During this time he accumulated quite a collection of unreleased songs that were recorded over the years utilizing a variety of musicians, including his former band-mates in Arrogance. These recordings finally saw the light of day in 1985 on this collection. Highlights include "Praying Mantis", "Skin Deep", "Southside Girl", "Talk To Me", "Renaissance Eyes" and the title track. The sound is power pop with a soulful edge (Dixon's distinctive voice would lend anything a soulful edge). Good Stuff. I'm amazed that I'm the first to submit a review - doesn't anyone else out there know how good he is??"
Great pop song writing out of nowhere
Nathan Kyle | Victoria, TX, USA | 11/29/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A friend of mine gave me a cassette of Don Dixons first CD back in the mid-1980's. I liked it alot and listened to it quite a bit until the tape got thrown in a box with all my other cassettes. Recently, I dug into that box and pulled out a few gems from the past (Group 87, UK, old Billy Joel, etc. etc.). The biggest surprise was the Don Dixon tape. Almost all of these songs are very listenable, some of them are just plain great (You're a Big Girl Now, Talk to Me, Renaissance Girl). This music has stood the test of time quite well and I would recommend it to anyone who likes pop music. Now that I have found this music again, several of the songs will be added to my mix CDs. The songwriting is top notch, and Dixon has a surprisingly good voice that is soulful, rich and deep."