Archive for April 3rd, 2006

April 3, 2006

NIGHTMARE OF YOU – The Days Go By Oh So Slow (7″ Single)

The Days Go By Oh So Slow CoverFull Time Hobby FTH013S: 6th March 2006
1. The Days Go By Oh So Slow
"In the grass at Union Square, I touched you're face, pushed back your hair"
2. You Don't Have To Tell Me I Was A Terrible Man
"I'm sending you this note from a northern England coast"

Nightmare Of You sound like an American-Rock version of The Smiths (If you can imagine such a thing).  Like The Smiths' songs, these are tales of loneliness and love.  But the sound is more akin to The Killers.  Even the title of 'You Don't Have To Tell Me I Was A Terrible Man' reminded me of the title of Morrissey's finest B-Side 'I Know Very Well How I Got My Name'.  The bouncy American sound stops these from being ranked along side Morrissey's finest tunes (But they come damn close).

Like when The Thrills went to America and brought back a sun-drenched sound.  Why don't these guys come over to England and spend some time getting pelted with rain.  Hopefully that would erase all remaining warmth from their future songs.  Come on guys, come to Carlisle, soak up the ambience!

Nightmare Of You Website / Nightmare Of You MySpace Page

April 3, 2006

THE STREETS – When You Wasn’t Famous (2x CD & 7″ Singles)

When You Wasn't Famous Cover679 Recordings 679L125CD1 / 679L125CD2 / 679L1251: 27th March 2006
1. When You Wasn't Famous
"My whole life, I never thought I'd see a pop star smoke crack"
2. When You Wasn't Famous (Live From The Astoria)
"Past the children's appeal, I see the darkness behind"
3. When You Wasn't Famous (Professor Green Version)
"It's a minor if I grow flab, me I'll join the Kate Moss, wait loss, program"
4. When You Wasn't Famous (Doctor & Bearman Version)
"Let's have a little look in the V.I.P, hey, I swear that's the girl from C.I.T.V"
5. When You Wasn't Famous (Bromheads Jacket Version)
"The closest I've been to pulling a celeb yet, a dream I had when I was twelve, I shagged Alanis Morissette"

Mike Skinner is back to remind everyone of what they we're missing. 'When You Wasn't Famous' is so infectious that I had to be careful not to listen to it before going to work because I'd go around singing it under my breath for the rest of the day. The drums used on this track sound like Mike was hitting Foil trays with chopsticks. This is accompanied by some pulsating electro and an extra pounding bass drum. It's a shame that an instrumental wasn't included.

The fact that Mike Skinner has chosen to make celebrity the theme of his new album has proven controversial. On the strength of this single I wouldn't worry because instead of whining on about being famous, he takes the piss out of him self. The song is about trying to pull a celebrity girl and getting brought down a peg. The live version is pretty thrilling as well.

The other three B-Sides are covers and not remixes. The first two feature new vocals and lyrics sung over the original song. The last is a completely new recording. Professor Green's version uses the opportunity to take the mick out of Mike Skinner (His boss on The Beats label). The fact that this is included shows that Mike can take a joke. Doctor & Bearman's version hasn't quite got the edge that Professor Green's has, but it's still got some of the best rhymes I've heard in ages. Bromheads Jacket's completely re-recorded version gets an 'A' for effort. But with its standard garage-rock sound it can't hope to be as good as the original. However once again it's got fantastic all new lyrics.

Check out The Streets website to see the hilarious Professor Green video starring Jodie Marsh.

Bromheads Jacket – What If's + Maybe's
Bromheads Jacket – Whooley Bridge

The Streets Website / Bromheads Jacket Website / Professor Green MySpace Page