Davey Dreamnation has stunned the music industry by releasing an EP’s worth of theme songs entitled, appropriately enough, Themes.
The opening track is “A Salute to Themes”, a barely-disguised tribute (in mono) to Johnny Hawksworth’s original “A Salute To Thames”.
Next up, a real rarity and a treat for D/DN fans: an unreleased version of Davey’s theme song, originally recorded during the harrowing Islands In the Stream of Consciousness sessions in 2002. Bearing all the hallmarks of a traditional “outtake”, the song is nevertheless highly collectable due to its massive wordplay and false innocence.
The third track is another unreleased gem, Davey’s first foray into the mind-boggling worlds of rap and hip-hop. “Dubbo Boy” is an unacknowledged masterpiece, with some terrific production work by Davey’s some-time co-conspirator and Kevin Bacon lookalike DJ Admiral Tuna.
Finally, something of a novelty: “Scaramouche’s Theme” is, obviously, the signature tune of Davey’s friend and troublemaking llama, Scaramouche.
We’re not quite sure how this track ended up on the EP but sources close to Davey suggest it may well be because “Stung’s Theme” had already been released on the Tribesco EP.
Breaking with tradition, Davey has also refused to release this EP on his own record label, prompting further speculation that he has, at last, completely lost his marbles.