TTIKTDA Brit-Pack, vol. 2
Day two of the Brit Band marathon here at TTIKTDA.
Bloc Party - She's Hearing Voices
I will stand by my guns in front of the onslaught of "OMG YOU'RE SO WRONG" comments and say: Bloc Party are the British TV on the Radio. My new life goal is to get them all onstage at the same time and watch them write the greatest multi-ethnic prog-dance song of all time. It would be like the entire cast of Degrassi on Qualuudes.
Charlotte Hatherly - Kim Wilde
I have always, always thought that Charlotte Hatherly was nothing short of brilliant. Anyone who has witnessed an Ash show knows that the woman has power. Sadly, it's pretty rare to see a female guitarist (especially in a band otherwise fronted by men) bring the rock, so rejoice! for Charlotte is releasing a solo album this summer. It seems like a departure from Ash's recent heavier sound, towards something way more light and pop. The lead single, "Kim Wilde", is pretty catchy and perfect for the 92º weather that's currently oppressing the hell out of the East Coast.
Graham Coxon - Bittersweet Bundle of Misery
Back when Blur released Think Tank, their first full-length sans guitar wonder Graham Coxon, said virtuoso gave an interview stating that he was "very glad to not be a part of Blur anymore", given the new album. Ah, yes, it was a hard time to be a Blur fan. Think Tank was their worst album since The Great Escape (you know it is, don't try to deny it-- just watch the "Crazy Beat" video and attempt to keep a straight face), Damon and Graham were no longer no speaking terms... Somewhere in England, Oasis gloated.
But fret no more! Not only is Graham's new solo album, Happiness in Magazines, galaxies away from any new Blur material, it's so fresh and light it should be enforced upon all whining emo kids by law. I think this is the second single, "Bittersweet Bundle of Misery". Now all we have to hope for is a Blur reunion... And life would be OK again...
Red Pony - London
Someone, please, oh pretty please, SIGN THIS BAND. This song makes us want to cry a serious river. It somehow makes moving to London sound so tragic.
Hark, what do I hear across blog yonder? Not enough Morrissey has been posted?!? Why, you're in luck, young traveler, for I bring you your daily dose of That Charming Man: Morrissey Throughout the Ages! Today, Steven is feeling a little down. You see, his second album, Kill Uncle, isn't doing as great as he expected...
You'll Never Guess, I'm Bored Now: The Kill Uncle era, 1991 - 1992
It's true, it's true, 1991's Kill Uncle isn't chockfull of the best Morrissey songs out there. I, myself, like to blame it on the sophomore slump, but let's face it, "Asian Rut"? What the fuck?
Luckily for us though, there are a few redeeming songs, notably the awesome lead single, "Our Frank".
Morrissey - Our Frank
The astonishing thing about this track, much like the Smiths classics "Sweet and Tender Hooligan" and "I Want the One I Can't Have", it romanticizes street gangs, violence, bar fights and everything in between. Lyrics like: "Give us a drink/And make it quick/Or esle I'm gonna be sick all over/Your frankly vulgar/Red pull-over/Now see how the colors blend" almost make you want to get socked in the face by some grimy urchin.
Basically, buy this album only if you're a completist. The whole rockabilly vibe really works against him, except it little gems such as "Mute Witness" and "King Leer".