Tuesday, June 08, 2004

TTIKTDA Brit-Pack, vol. 1

Pitting the British rock scene against the American rock scene is like pitting The Simpsons against Futurama: They're both good and pretty much have the same influences, but one is seriously way better and we all know why. So today and tomorrow, I will be posting new songs from up-and-coming British bands that won't see the light here for at least another 6 months (you know how it goes). Oh, and should the staff of NME read this and realize how awesome I am, please comment and I'll come and work for you for minimum wage.

The Ordinary Boys - Week In, Week Out
This band first grasped my attention for borrowing their name from a certain song of a certain favorite artist of mine, but luckily, the music itself is fucking awesome. For some reason the new single "Week In, Week Out" reminds me a Foo Fighters track, but so much better.

Art Brut - We Formed a Band
This is, by far, the greatest anti-rap of the history of the world. "By the way, this is my singing voice/It's not irony, and it's not rock 'n' roll/It's just me talking/To the kids." Also, is singing about forming an ironic band so ironic it's sincere? Discuss.

Ash - Evil Eye
The best track I've heard so far off of Ash's new album, Meltdown. Once again they prove that nothing, and I mean nothing, can beat a good power pop song. Meltdown is definitely a little too metal for my liking, although all that should balance out when lead guitarist Charlotte Hatherly releases her first solo album in a few weeks, and I shell out $26 for the import.

Selfish Cunt - Britain Is Shit
Wow, actual vitriol. Despite their rather, um, unfortunate name, Selfish Cunt are the first band to make raw, uncensored anger sound cool since, I dunno, The Clash? Somewhere around there? "Britain is shit/It's full of lies/White men start their shit/In their shirts and ties." Sounds like the Sex Pistols with drum machines.

Oh, and that's just the start of it, ladies and gentlemen. Rendez-vous ici, demain for TTIKTDA Brit-Pack, vol 2...

But first! Gather 'round the musty old cupboard, it's time for...
That Charming Man: Morrissey Throughout the Ages! Today we follow Steven as he releases his very first solo compilation, straight off the heels of his #1 success Viva Hate:

Kiss Me On The Mouth (Or Anywhere): The Bona Drag era
It's a tad hard to define the Bona Drag era, since it's just a singles/rarities compilation release directly after Viva Hate. So we won't dwell on it for very long. Just note that if you're a debuting Moz-fan, it's a very, very healthy place to start, as it contains all the best tracks off VH and yet more groundbreaking pop masterpieces.

Morrissey - Ouija Board, Ouija Board/November Spawned a Monster (Live)

I'm not quite sure where this track originated, seeing that I grabbed it off LimeWire ages ago, but it's one of my favorite Moz bootlegs. He opens with "Ouija Board, Ouija Board"'s pulsing guitar riff, but, A-ha! It is but a tease, for mere seconds later, the band shreds into the intro of "November Spawned a Monster", and he crowd goes bug-fuck wild. Classic.


At 6/08/2004 06:02:00 PM, Blogger Pete said...

Do I get my money back for having to listen to these bands twenty-four-freakin'-seven?

I think this proves that the grass is always greener.

At 6/08/2004 06:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh man. the ordinary boys. like i said: faux-brit quality control is needed.

thumbs up for art brut and selfish cunt though...

At 6/08/2004 09:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i resent the comment saying that futurama is the weaker show. any simpsons fan knows that there should be no forum to compare these two shows. they are equally delightful.


At 6/09/2004 12:55:00 AM, Blogger Cameron said...

1. The grass is always geener, seeing as that NME's raves this week were The Rapture, TV on the Radio and !!!.

2. Dearest Patrick, YOU sent me The Ordinary Boys' first track, so hush! Silence!!

3. Gah.

At 6/16/2004 02:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



Post a Comment

<< Home