Sunday, March 26, 2006

Single Reviews - Out On 27th March

The Flaming Lips - Yeah Yeah Yeah Song

Believing The Flaming Lips to be anything other than genius has always seemed to be pretty much a criminal offence in alternative circles, but IGUN is not afraid to take risks and will say that this isn't very good. For all their innovative tricks, The Flaming Lips only ever seem really worth listening to when there is a killer tune behind the wackiness, (See - "Race For The Prize") and this is all ker-azy bluster and precious little else. Vocoda tricks and silly chanting do not a great single make. We suggest you drop the song and check out the Yeah Yeah Yeah's instead.


Hard-Fi - Better Do Better

Surely Hard-Fi have now had more singles than there actually are tracks on Stars Of CCTV by now? Still, it worked well enough for The Kaisers so here is "Better Do Better", an anthemic tale of how to deal with the return of the girl who broke your heart. (You show her the door, naturally.) This won't win any new fans for the Staines massive, but cements their position as a great singles band, and scores points for knowing that you can have ska influences without turning the whole shebang into a skanking Madness freakshow. (Ordinary Boys - we're looking at you)

The Streets - When You Wasn't Famous

Staying with Chavs, The Streets are back and it's business as usual for Captain Burberry himself Mr Skinner - in this case meeting famous girls, shagging them and doing loads of drugs. This tries to be a cautionary tale but the message is a bit muddled - Mike gives up the hot pop chick with the good gear, but not because the lifestyle isn't for him - it's bacause the tabloids might find out. "Anyway, I had to rest my beer hat, delete my dealer’s number and unroll my bank notes /and we were on borrowed time anyway, what with the daily toilet papers not knowin’." Hmm. He's taking the piss for sure, but quite how much is a mystery. Anyway, dubious celebrity ethics aside, the tune is great and will be belting out of every vertical drinking establishment on your high street as you read this

The Automatic - Raoul

Following on from their great single "Recover", The Automatic return with "Raoul", a suitably yelpy, squelchy indie dancefloor filler. It's good, but somehow should be better - managing to sound totally now without actually doing a great deal. Unfortunately the words, "It'll sound great in a club" are heading inevitably into this review, which truly is damning with faint praise.

The Suffrajets - Going Nowhere

Hello then to The Suffrajets, currently most famous for featuring Gemma Clarke - aka the girl who survived Babyshambles. This is good enough to escape from Pete's scrawny shadow though – a suitably nasty little slice of close-harmony girl-punk actually. Only in the last few seconds when singers Alex and Claire start bellowing in a distinctly nu-metal fashion does the whole thing come a little unstuck.


Secret Machines - Lightning Blue Eyes

Secret Machines don't really do instant - their big fuzzy rock records hardly lend themselves to leaping from the speaker and shouting "Look at me!" Still, after a few listens "Lightning Blue Eyes" reveals that it has hooks, choruses and some great anthemic-eighties style guitars. The dense production which the band so obviously favour does them few favours, but there is a top track in here and no mistake.

Fischerspooner - We Need A War

With all the dust on the multi-million boom and bust that was Electroclash (think the fall of Dot Com empires but with more glitter) well and truly settled, it is time to reflect that Fischerspooner are great, and always have been. "We Need A War" is no "Emerge"-esque disco monster though - it actually has a rather lo-fi feel, oddly reminiscent of, say, Baby Bird being remixed by the Human League. "We Need A War, To Show Them That We Can Do It, Whenever We Say We Need A War" deadpans Casey as his cheapest Casio pops and bips in the background, and whilst the sentiment is perhaps three years too late, it beats being preached at by Green Day by some distance. If IGUN can be presumptious enough to have a single of the week, this is unquestionably it.

Matt

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