"I Found That Essence Rare" as written by Dave Allen, Hugo H. Burnham, Andrew Gill and Jon King....
Aim for the body rare, you'll see it on TV
The worst thing in 1954 was the Bikini
See the girl on the TV dressed in a Bikini
She doesn't think so but she's dressed for the H-Bomb
(For the H-Bomb)

I found that essence rare, it's what I looked for
I knew I'd get what I asked for
Aim for the country fair you read it in the papers
The worst happens any week a scandal on the front page
See the happy pair smiling close like they are monkeys
They wouldn't think so but they're holding themselves down
(Hold themselves down)

I found that essence rare, it's what I looked for
I knew I'd get what I asked for
I found that essence rare, it's what I looked for
I knew I'd get what I asked for
Aim for politicians fair who'll treat your vote hope well
The last thing they'll ever do act in your interest
Look at the world through your Polaroid glasses
Things'll look a whole lot better for the working classes
(Working classes)

I found that essence rare, it's what I looked for
I knew I'd get what I asked for
I found that essence rare, it's what I looked for
I knew I'd get what I asked for


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"I Found That Essence Rare" as written by Hugo Burnham David Allen

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    General Comment"The worst thing in 1954 was the Bikini" is not a reference to swimsuit fashion, but rather to atomic bomb testing on Bikini Island in 1954.

    I found the following info:

    From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    March 1, 1954 - Nuclear testing: Officials announce that an American hydrogen bomb test had been conducted on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean

    Also from Wikipedia.org:

    bikini - (lowercase 'b') women's two-piece swimsuit

    Bikini - (uppercase 'B') Island and Atoll in Pacific Ocean.

    The bikini swimsuit is named after Bikini Island, because the anticipated burst of excitement it would cause would be comparable to that of an atomic bomb exploding on Bikini Island.
    tsreybon August 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti'd love to hear this song, i've only heard idlewild's version of it. its a brill song. x
    rahtwinkleon March 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's one of THOSE kinds of songs, you know? I can't quite think of how to describe it, but by reading the lyrics you should be able to get it.
    WarAgainstBoyson April 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMan, I'd kill to see this live. It's just one of those songs. Everything about this song fits; it's the perfect Gang of Four song (thought not my favorite). Still, how can you not sing along?
    PittsColt45on April 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBTW - this song kicks serious butt :) Crank up the volume for this one.
    tsreybon August 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"She doesn't think so but she's dressed for the H-Bomb" is one of my favorite song lyrics.

    To me the lyrics are kind of self explanatory, like WarAgainstBoys though I'd have a hard time explaining it. The closest I can get is to say it's more or less about a distorted view of entertainment and real issues. Like the line between real life and the media.
    PtolemyKittyon June 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song uses contradictory images of the bikini to expose the influence the media has to create a subversive message.
    Johnny M.on March 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTimeless masterpiece
    dnarmstron July 21, 2009   Link

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