Man Admits That The First Time He Heard 'Underpass' By John Foxx, He Thought The Singer Was Singing 'Underpants'

Funny story written by Monkey Woods

Friday, 19 April 2019

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A man who describes himself as "a music enthusiast" has revealed how, the first time he heard the John Foxx single 'Underpass', in January 1980, his ears told him that the singer had sung 'Underpants'.

Foxx, formerly with Ultravox, had parted company with that band to set up on his own in the world of electronic synthesizer music. 'Underpants' was his first release, and it received widespread radio airplay, eventually reaching number 31 in the UK charts.

Moys Kenwood, 16 at the time of the record's release, had his first experience of it on The John Peel Show on Radio 1, and, being rather immature - a description that, even today, still fits - keenly joined in with the quirky chorus.

Recently, during a reunion of old friends at the Oddbottle pub on Wold Road in Hull, the topic of music came up, and Kenwood made his startling admission.

His friend, Derek, said:

"I used to think the Gang Of Four were singing 'I Love A Man And A Unicorn' instead of 'I Love A Man In A Uniform', until I saw the record in the shop!"

Another friend, Graham, said:

"I still say that Mark E. Smith says 'plastic', not 'elastic', on 'How I Wrote Elastic Man', but nobody agrees with me."

Nobody agreed.

An old woman sitting nearby who overheard the conversation, leant over and asked:

"Does anyone remember 'Love His Erection' by Alison Moyet?"

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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