Atlantic ATUK032CD / ATUK032: 10th July 2006
1. Call Me Ishmael
“And fatigue’s soon ignored, as your feet hit the board, or as the beat hits the floor, these are the moments that we’re living for”
“I don’t care, that this song has a melody, or that the beats are not complex, I’m just trying to make you sing and not be perplexed”
3. To Have & To Have Not
“At twenty-one you’re on top of the scrapheap, at sixteen you were top of yer class, all they taught you at school, was how to be a good worker, the system has failed you, don’t fail yourself”
4. The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager: Part One (Live)
“We broke our backs on floors of stone, but I’d rather wake there any day, than wake up here alone”
At last, here is the follow up to Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly’s split EP with Dave House. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly is Sam Duckworth, who sings songs backed by Laptop Electronica, Violins and Brass instruments. I first heard him at a Love Music Hate Racism night at the Bush Hall in London that Sam had arranged. Since then he’s signed up to Atlantic and it’s always good to have such a politically committed guy riding high in the charts.
‘Call Me Ishmael’ is like the thoughts of Billy Bragg channelled through the music of Patrick Wolf and The Polyphonic Spree. The bit where Sam sings the line “The one little moment where our dreams still feel alive” and the Cornet comes in, makes me want to wave my hands in the air, dance out into the street and hug everybody! At 2.40 it reminded me of ‘Lisa, It’s Your Birthday’ from that episode of The Simpsons where they cast Michael Jackson as a white mental patient (Wait, that’s MJ in the real world too). I’ve included a link to download it, you listen to it, am I mad or what?
‘I-Spy’ was on Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly’s self-titled first EP and it appears here in a superior new version. It’s about throwing any notion of complexity out the window in favour of a good old sing-along, because it can bring people together “Lalalalalalalala”.
‘To Have & To Have Not’ is a cover of a Billy Bragg song from one of the finest albums ever released, ‘Life’s A Riot With Spy Vs Spy’. Wisely, Sam doesn’t try to compete with the savage anger of Billy’s original, so he goes for a mournful acoustic interpretation. Instead he lets his anger be felt through his aggressive Guitar playing at the end.
The 7″ comes with a 3″ CD with a live version of ‘The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager: Part One’. It comes attached to the 7″ by a specially designed metal clip, it’s so cool. The track was recorded at a Love Music Hate Racism concert in Trafalgar Square. It ends with a speech by Sam about the BNP and the need to vote. This has been the BNP’s most successful year, but as Billy Bragg sang “Cynicism’s such a cop out” so click here to register to vote.