Johnny Foreigner - Our Bipolar Friends
Ooh, I like this. Brummie 3-piece, just signed their first record deal
and it is so well deserved, they're fantastic! Quite hard to describe,
really fast-paced drums, jangly guitar and quirky, compelling dual lead
vocals; like The sundays meets Bis. In a dirty nightclub. Can't believe
I haven't heard of em already! Think they have a contract which is something
to do with Levi's, whether it's to supply music for their ads, i'm not
sure, but i'm reliably informed that the male singer is a huge manics
fan and has been known to rip up his endorsement deal jeans and proceed
to scrawl their lyrics on em onstage. And if that's not rock n fuckin
roll, I dunno what is. Check out their MySpace and see for yourselves.
Fantastic photo nicked from http://www.bibabidi.com
Morrissey - That's How People Grow Up
Ah, dear old Moz. There's almost no need to actually play this cd at
all, the title may as well be 'Yet another Morrissey single about how
he just wants to be loved and life's so unfair'.
The Proclaimers - New Religion/In Recognition
So, you thought The Proclaimers were that funny comedy duo from Auchtermuchty, or somewhere equally unpronouncable, who did that Comic Relief song? Me too. I've actually been sent the whole album (Life WithYou), not just the single, and the lyrics are an absolute revelation! Well, okay, not the precise lyrics, but the subject matter; 'New Religion' deals with society's obsession with Stuff, whether it be football/Star Wars/The Next Big Thing, whilst 'In recognition' slates celebs who publicly slag off the monarchy and all it stands for, but who are quite happy to accept any gongs that come their way. And the rest of the album's even better, bringing to book misogynistic gangsta rappers 'calling her a bitch, calling her a whore', governmental warmongers and the BNP.
Blimey, who'da thunk it? But, and you knew there was gonna be one, it's their sound that really prevents them from being heard by anyone other than their hardcore fans. I'm sure they must exist. They sound just like, well, just like The Proclaimers, MOR harmonised folky pop, so anyone who doesn't already like them as a band just ain't gonna take the time to listen to the album. which is a real shame cos I for one don't want em to go down in history as those Scottish, speccie twins who did that song with Peter Kay.
Eels - Essential Eels
What is it, compilation season or something? Jeez... Eels is the project of musical polymath Mark Oliver Everett, who has an everchanging line-up of collaborators on standby, so as not to let his music sound stale, I imagine. He's had accolades by the armful thrust at him so I'm sure I must be missing something cos he just don't do it for me. At all. Although I loved 'Novocaine for the Soul' back in the '90's, i'm pretty sure it snuck in under my radar for pure novelty value cos the rest of the album is just bland, samey and dull. Kinda like Maroon 5's forerunner. On prozac. And that's all I have to say about that.
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