I feel evil, don’t you? I see how all the things I do and I don’t do thrash their dragon’s tail around wreaking the small havocs that bring about the conflicts that make up a life. I see it, and at times I laugh. I laugh because you have to. I laugh in relief, because I may be evil but at least I didn’t do that.
Darcy Clay touched that nerve all the way to the top of the charts in New Zealand in the 1990’s. “Jesus, I was Evil” peaked at #5 striking a deep, goofy chord of self‐refection in enough Kiwis to become a success despite his decidedly outsider approach. He had a natural cool. Greater than the sum of its parts, this song has elements of garage grit and a tongue in cheek camp that can and has come off as cheesy in many less steady hands.