Domino RUG228CD: 3rd July 2006
1. Dead Funny
“I am a Disco dancer, you always move on too, I am a Disco dancer, I’m gonna dance for you”
2. Fire Horse (With Duke Garwood)
“Come and take it, if you really want, there is nothing left on me”
3. Dead Funny (Four Tet Vocal Remix)
“I am a stone cold mason, you built a wall round you, I am a cold stone breaker, I’ll make a break for you”
‘Dead Funny’ has a strangely danceable beat, but it’s a strange dance in which somebody has pressed the slow-motion button. It’s an insular Blues number with the pummelling power of Elbow and a hint of Psychedelia. It’s capped off by the manic bleating of vocalist Sam Windett (His voice reminded me of ‘My Red Cell’, what happened to that band, they we’re great). In the words he declares himself to be a loner, but he’s met another loner, and now he just wants to be alone with her. To conjure this up he throws out phrases like “Lone horse rider”, “Deep Sea diver” and “You built a wall round you”.
‘Fire Horse’ is very similar to ‘Dead Funny’ but it doesn’t have the same spark. But the scream of “I’ve got a devil, on my shoulder” is fantastic. Four Tet’s remix of ‘Dead Funny’ swaps the heavy Blues sound for oddly beautiful bleeping sounds. These and other electronic noises make it sound like the laboratory in a 50s Sci-fi movie. I’m not saying that it’s better than the original version, but it comes damn close.