Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 07:51:00 -0500
Subject: DESH - some examples

Dear Ben,

Strangely enough I was looking for something on DESH on the Internet to fit in with an English lesson I'm doing on British pop music, specifically glam rock.

I remember hearing something on BBC Radio 1 in the UK about DESH, and reading a small article in the UK magazine, Mojo. The songs which were mentioned, as far as I can remember, were:

All the Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople (written by David Bowie)

Changes by David Bowie

Something for the Weekend by Super Furry Animals

I think 'End of the Century' by Blur and 'Go Now' by the Moody Blues fit the definition as well.

DESH is pretty characteristic of a certain kind of classic English pop of the 60s and 70s, and when the 'Britpop' phenomenon (Blur, Oasis, Pulp, Elastica) reached its height in the UK (1994?), a lot of groups were using desh-type structures.

I read Idoru too, but I'd forgotten about the references to DESH until now. I'll try to work that into the lesson as well. Thanks!!