In a possible sign that megalomaniac musical artiste Davey Dreamnation is set to rise from his post-DNRC slumber, news agencies are today reporting that the chanteuse’s long-time collaborator and manager, the incorrigible Scaramouche, has been found alive and well in a cave in the Goulburn Valley, despite rumours that he had suffered a fatal quiche lorraine overdose somewhere.
Back in 2030, the llama’s ‘swansong’ album (also entitled Quiche Lorraine) failed to chart, even in Majorca, where fans of Scaramouche number in the high tens.
Despite this apparent lack of interest in said llama’s soaring and angelic melodies (witness “Scaramouche’s Theme”, a pant-ripping, adrenaline-soaked anthem if ever you’ve heard one), international web-portal I Ate a Bee reported late last night (Majorca time) that Scaramouche is indeed ‘back on the radar’, and has now discovered a new way to communicate with the world, having been previously restricted to Esperanto.
The llama’s first message, delivered to journalists gathered at the Camp Davey compound, though slightly shocking, signals that he has now gotten over his life-threatening quiche lorraine addiction, and has reverted to one of his previous predilections:
While unavailable for comment, Davey Dreamnation is reported to be preparing an official statement, after watching Scaramouche’s rescue on closed-circuit television from within the comfortable environs of his Camp Davey bunker.
Never a stranger to adventure either in realms of soul or song, Davey Dreamnation – performer, chanteuse, character, chameleon and social commentator rolled into one jump suit – has been having a year of new beginnings. In many ways, Davey’s life has been completely transformed. While Sting is sixty years old, for example, Davey has just turned 15.
I may have a thousand hands
but that doesn't make me a Bodhisattva -
in fact, the only things my hands are good for
are mundane things, practical tasks,
not spiritual enlightenment.
I use my thousand hands to play
five hundred games of solitaire against myself
and whenever I win the cards cascade
like a waterfall of poker chips
built by a fake Buddha.
You see, I'm just pretending to have a thousand hands.
When I'm alone, I amuse myself by
shaking my own imaginary hands,
slapping myself on the back one thousand times,
squeezing my one thousand fabricated zits,
picking my nose by shoving five hundred
index fingers inside each of my gigantic nostrils.
In short, I am a pretender.
You should have stopped listening
or walked out while you had the chance.
You should have listened to Madonna.
You should have told me where to go
but it's too late now.
As witnesses to my pretence you too are pretending
to breathe, acting as if you are alive,
wanting to believe that this is poetry
and not some pathetic charade.
I own one thousand llamas
but each of them answers to the name "Scaramouche".
This might lead you to believe that each of these
one thousand llamas is in fact an illusion, a chimera.
But don't be fooled -
they don't call me a llama wrangler for nothing.
Just like Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain
I'm pretending to be a cowboy,
willing myself to believe that I am in fact gay.
I have one thousand gay friends.
Some of my best llamas are gay.
We are all gay, only some of us are pretending
to be ambivalent.
Scaramouche is the name of my favourite llama.
Scaramouche may well be a Bodhisattva.
Maybe in his next incarnation,
Scaramouche will be reborn as a pretend llama,
pretending to be gay.
Or perhaps I'm just making that up.
When I think of Madonna, I think of
a thousand virgins who are not actually virgins.
In fact, they are only acting like virgins.
In other words, pretending to be touched
for the very first time.
If you ask me, all virgins are fakes.
Or maybe I'm just pretending not to realise
I said that last statement out loud.
Either way, we're all as fake as cubic zirconias
in a world that's full of rubies.
Would you rather be a ruby or a cubic zirconia
pretending to be a diamond?
I predict that you will find my question
puzzling, if not slightly odd.
Who is this guy?
Is his name on the program?
I thought this was some kind of tribute to Madonna?
To which I reply: even Madonna is pretending
to be the Virgin Mary. And who knows,
maybe she's fake too.
I may have a thousand names
but they all rhyme with the word "pretender".
I write "request for tender", while at the same time
resisting the temptation to return this pretender
to sender. I'm a gender-bender.
I'm bananas in a blender. I despise
imitation fenders. Does that make sense?
I'm a lover, not a mender. This poem
has been rendered obsolete.
I'd rather write "request for tenderness".
I'm a beginner, not an ender.
I like Larry Emdur. He's no pretender.
He's the real deal. I should have told him
while I had the chance.
Instead, I'm standing here playing solitaire
with your minds. Now I'm playing Old Maid.
And maybe that's who Madonna's pretending to be.
Old Madge, in a leotard, playing patience
with the future. And she's losing every time.
She should have called "barley" while she had
the chance. But she didn't, and that's why
I'm standing here pretending to be a poet tonight.
Pretty good, huh? Not bad for a thousand-handed,
llama-wrangling, solitaire-playing virgin from
an island in the stream of consciousness.
I may have no idea what's really happening here
but at least I'm not pretending that it matters.
It doesn't. Well, actually, it does.
But let's pretend I never said that. In fact,
let's pretend I never got up here at all.
First performed live at Liner Notes Volume 3,
Bar Open, Wednesday 20 February 2008.
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.