Cuff the Duke is prepping for the release of Morning Comes in the US. Fans of CtD know they rarely take the foot off the gas, but to celebrate the launch they hammered out an EP of covers and we’re happy to have the Canadian premier of “I Hear You Calling.”
Wayne Petty connected with Bill Fay’s words, empathized with the plight of his city’s condition. To Petty, Oshawa was no different than Detroit. Both were towns abandoned of hope when the factories started closing, one were lives were defined the minute you punched in on Day 1. He obviously says it more eloquently than I can, but if you can’t feel the pain and pride in his voice on this song, you simply aren’t listening.
I picked up a reissue of The Time Of The Last Persecution by Bill Fay at Soundscapes in Toronto on the recommendation of my friend Jay, who works there. We left on a tour a few days later and by the end the entire band was a Bill Fay fan. The song that struck me instantly was “I Hear You Calling.” Cuff The Duke started in Oshawa which is a city about an hour east of Toronto. It’s kind of like Canada’s version of Detroit, minus the Motown. General Motors was the main industry in town for decades. It’s a working class blue collar town. When Bill Fay sang the line “All my time is lying on the factory floor” it really resonated with me. Even though I hadn’t personally worked at GM I knew many people that did and as that way of life (factory work) seems to be coming to an end in North America the song takes on an even greater meaning to me.
MP3:: Cuff the Duke - I Hear You Calling (Bill Fay)