Misty’s Big Adventure were the decade’s great might-have-beens who never really seemed to fulfill their commercial potential (a thing I suspect they scoffed at the idea of just as much as they secretly dreamed about it). They may have done themselves no favours in this respect with their most well-known single Fashion Parade, which chose to quite hilariously mock the landfill indie scenesters who cluttered up the Top 10 in the middle of the decade. By continually yelling out about how odd, outsiderish and eccentric they were compared to their peers, they may have caused people to close their ears to how well they knew their way around a classic song as well.
Serious Thing is a prime example of this. Beginning as a gently strummed, mumbling little ballad about a relationship’s demise, it builds into a momentous, epic thing of wonder, filled to the brim with old-school easy listening harmonies, a wonderfully pounding instrumental break, and one of the most plain and simple but strangely effective lyrical phrases the band have ever produced: “Everyone says it’s a serious thing... and you’d be surprised at the pain it can bring”.
Serious Thing ends as it begins, with a whimper rather than a bang, and feels like something The Magnetic Fields would have written if they were actually a quarter as good as some of you chaps seem to believe they are. There’s nothing half-arsed, lo-fi, cultish or indie about this noise – it’s big, bold and thoughtful, and deserved to be heard by many more people.
[Album: Funny Times]