Pull Up Your Socks – The Dynamics
If I were to put together a list of my top 10 favourite local instrumental tracks, there would be a fight between Lloyd Ross’ ‘Vyfster’ and The Dynamics’ ‘Pull Up Your Socks’ for the top spot. While the former is moody and somewhat sombre, it has a mysterious allure to it that you can lose yourself in. But where ‘Vyfster’ is introspective and atmospheric, ‘Pull Up Your Socks’ is a 5 and a half minute joy-fest.
It has a cheeky ska beat which always puts one in a good mood and, with its warm brassy intro, you know you’re in for a treat. Underpinning it we hear an organ sound which comes to the fore later in the tune to have its own moment in the spotlight. But before that the trumpet has a run out as does a township-tinged guitar, each bringing a new flavour to the sound.
This song is the soundtrack to a jaunty stroll down Rocky Street (for those of you who have memories of that part of the world). You’re kitted out in the coolest clothes, your friends hanging with you are members of the elite in-crowd, there’s a skip in your step and everything in the world just seems right. It’s confident without being arrogant or brash.
The only thing I can’t figure out is where the title came from. ‘Pull Up Your Socks’ would be something a headmaster would tell a school kid to do and usually it is a barked command rather than a polite request. There is nothing authoritarian, barked or school kid-ish about the track. ‘Pull Up your Socks’ can also be used as a phrase to tell someone to improve what they are doing. Used this way it is also a command, but again, this song has no feel of being a call to improvement, nor can the song itself get any better. It’s perfect as it is. My only guess is that it may be a tongue in cheek response to the command ‘Pull Up Your Socks’. Perhaps the full title should be ‘(Life’s Too Short To) Pull Up Your Socks’ as it is about the joys of living. The only downside of not pulling up your socks is that you have to find somewhere else to store your comb.
Where to find it:
The Dynamics – The Dynmaics (2001) Retrofresh, freshcd 111