The World Was a Mess But His Hair Was Perfect

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"The World Was a Mess But His Hair Was Perfect"
Single by The Rakes
from the album Ten New Messages
Released July 16, 2007
Format 7" vinyl, download
Genre Alternative rock
Length 5:02
Label V2 Records
Producer(s) Jim Abbiss, Brendan Lynch
The Rakes singles chronology
"We Danced Together"
(2007)
"The World Was a Mess But His Hair Was Perfect"
(2007)
"1989"
(2009)

"The World Was a Mess But His Hair Was Perfect" is the second single from The Rakes' second album Ten New Messages. It was released in the UK on July 16, 2007. The song was written for a Dior Homme fashion show in 2006 and was originally almost 18 minutes long. The album version is around 5 minutes long. The single release features live tracks recorded on Zane Lowe's BBC radio broadcast.

The song appears to be a reference to the eponymous protagonist of Martin Millar's novel, Lux the Poet, who wanders through a class riot in 80s Brixton in a haze of drugs and vanity.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl #1
  1. "The World Was a Mess But His Hair Was Perfect" (Radio Edit) – 5:01
  2. "The World Was a Mess But His Hair Was Perfect" (Tronik Youth Remix) – 6:39
7" vinyl #2
  1. "The World Was a Mess But His Hair Was Perfect" (Live Zane Lowe Session) – 4:50
  2. "Trouble" (Live Zane Lowe Session) – 3:01