Archive for April 23rd, 2006

April 23, 2006

THE FLAMING LIPS – The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (2x CD Singles)

The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song CoverWarner Bros. W711CD1 / W711CD2: 17th April 2006
1. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
"If you could make everybody poor, just so you could be rich, would you do it?"
2. The Gold In The Mountain Of Our Madness
"They'd dreamed and they had run, they found the grass, and the trees, and the sun"
3. Time Travel… Yes!!
"And yes, I say that time travel does already exist"
4. Why Does It End?
"You think the stars, burn on forever, why does it end?"

At first 'The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song' seems childishly simplistic. But when you think about the questions that the song asks you, it's actually quite profound. It made me think, without laws, can there be crime? If you could do something wrong and no one would know, would you do it? Do we have morals, or is it just society and god? If power corrupts absolutely, can we really know what we'd do if we had it? It gives no answers, it's up to you to search within yourself and decide. Musically it reminded me of 'Juxtapozed With U' by Super Furry Animals. The bit four minutes in where it sounds like the sun imploding is amazing. This is easily the best thing The Flaming Lips have ever done.

The Flaming Lips have also recorded three brilliant b-sides. 'The Gold In The Mountain Of Our Madness’ tells a story about some unsuccessful prospectors. When they find no gold, they realise it doesn't matter, because the world around them is so much more precious. 'Time Travel… Yes!!' is a mix of woozy jazz and blissful psychedelia with a vocal similar to David Byrne's on 'Seen & Not Seen'. 'Why Does It End?' has got big orchestral drums that give it a sense of drama. But it's worth hearing just for the gut-wrenching fuzzy guitar solo in the middle.

The Flaming Lips Website / The Flaming Lips MySpace Page

April 23, 2006

ORPHAN BOY – Billy’s England / Postcode (7″ Single)

Billy's England, Postcode CoverGrace Records LYV003: 10th April 2006
1. Billy's England
"This retail park is wank, this town's a fuckin' fish tank, I get my culture from a bookcase by the door"
2. Postcode
"The kids all riot on the lonely estate, their hearts are battered like their lonely lungs, and all this journalist attention they make, 'cause this ain't for love, no this is for news"

Finely I've got my hands on this rare bit of vinyl by Orphan Boy. 'Billy's England' sounds like early Beatles with Shaun Ryder on vocals. The bass guitar in the background is amazing and you might not be able to stop yourself doing a bit of Bez style dancing. You can smell the piss, feel the bite of the cold wind and see the glowing neon signs of a decaying culture. You can also taste the contempt in the singer’s voice for everything he sees around him. After recording this, the band probably shaved their heads, loaded their guns and went off in search of Harvey Keitel and Jodie Foster.

This is a double A-side, but 'Postcode' is too subdued and atmospheric to compete in the pop arena with 'Billy's England'. The vocals sound like John Lydon in his early PIL days. The music reminds me of Joy Division's first few songs (Except the intro sounds like Adam Ant). I love the furious shouts of "I've got the noose made out for you!". I can't quite tell if they're just singing "Bom, bom, bom" or the more potent "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb". I could see the bit after "And then it all just stops" would get the crowd all clapping along.

This first little Orphan Boy is a tad undernourished on the production side, but that can be sorted out. They've just announced that they've signed to Concrete Recordings. There'll be a single and an album out towards the end of the year.

Orphan Boy Website / Orphan Boy MySpace Page
Grace Records Website / Concrete Recordings Website