The Kids Have Taken Over the Classroom, Pt. 3
Our Guestblogger today is Cameron, who covered this site for a week back in June, and is generally my ol' reliable connection as concerns all bands British, and all things excessively pop.
Hi, my name's Cameron. You may remember me from such TTIKTDA guest posts as Morrissey: Throughout the Ages and Brit-Pack: Vols. I, II and III. I'm honored to have been asked to guest MP3J again! Yay!
Anyway, enough of the shitty intro, onto the pop bands...
Aberfeldy - Vegetarian Restaurant - I don't know much about Aberfeldy, only that a) They're an awesome indie band from Edinburgh, Scotland, a country that pretty much has the market cornered on cutsie pop outfits featuring two or more girls, b)they have a new album out on Rough Trade and c) "Vegetarian Restaurant" is, quite plainly, awesome. "I like the way that you shell the peas/I only wish you were shelling me." And a new genre of music was spawned: Vegggiemo.
[Buy Aberfeldy's Young Forever from Insound.com]
Television Personalities - Geoffrey Ingram - When I look back on 2004, for years and years to come, it will stand out not as the year I turned 20 and thus became totally disillusioned with this sick little ride we call life, but as the year I spent approximately 15 hours a day listening to Television Personalities' ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It?. I would give just about any part of my body to have been in London last Friday to see TVPs' comeback gig (singer/songwriter Dan Treacy was apparently in jail for some time and was released earlier this year). The brilliant thing about Dan's songwriting is the one-take, make-shift feel; close your eyes while listening to songs like "The Angry Silence" and "Parties in Chelsea", and you might as well be in Dan's flat, having some tea while he pens a little masterpiece. Let's hope for some US reunion dates in the near future...
[Buy Television Personalities' ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It From Insound.com!]
Baby Shambles - "Killamangiro" - WHY change an awesome song title like "Kill a Man For His Giro" to "Killamangiro"? What the fuck? Was this one of Pete's crack-fueled bad decisions like "quitting the Libertines" and "not showing up to most of the shows you schedule with your side project"? We can only suppose so. Anyway, this song has been circulating on sites like BabyShambles.com for ages now, and it ties in to what I was just saying about TVPs. Although you can't really tell with this single mix (wow! Real production!) most Baby Shambles songs are recorded in Pete Doherty's London apartment, and posted directly onto numerous BabySham fansites. IN one track, you can actually hear a guy bringing in Chinese food. If that's not fantastic, then I just don't know what is.