Dressing for the Boys is a song written and performed by enigmatic singer/songwriter, Lesley Rae Dowling (LRD).
Her producer, Terence (Tully) McCullagh had a pre-production version of her performing the song in his archive. He dug it out recently and decided to make a single out of it. When he heard how well it turned out he said he could not remember why it was never finished before.
"I think it was around the time we were working on her Unravished Brides album, we did a quarter inch stereo take of the song. She was writing a lot of material at the time and this song somehow got forgotten", said Tully.
|Lesley Rae Dowling live circa 1985 (c) Songwrights Publishers|
Written in the 1980s, it has a very catchy chorus. One can hear the influences of the pop writers of the period in her approach. Lesley played a simple piano track to accompany her voice. Tully kept this and has thus captured that charm in his very sympathetic production.
It is something of a surprise that such a clever pop tune did not make it onto any of her albums. This release will thus be the first public airing of the work.
The cover image is a screen grab from a pic by journalist, Suzanne Brenner. She took the pic at one of the rare live shows performed by LRD, who is essentially a recording artist.
This release is the second in the "basement tapes series" of the year. The first was Tully's re-do of, I'm a Woman released in March.
The track goes live on the 7th of July 2021.