V2 VVR5041733 / VVR5041730: 28th August 2006
1. House Party At Boothy’s
“Girls sing to Kylie, they try to look sexy, I gave one my number, I told ‘er to text me”
“And it might sound a little improper, and Elaine must be easy to please, ‘cos she came outta there well smiling, with grazes all over her knees”
3. House Party At Boothy’s (Steve Lamacq Session)
“Well I sit in a chair next to the CD player, talk to some kid who couldn’t be much gayer”
4. Man I Hate Your Band (Steve Lamacq Session)
“Well you’re coming home nobody, the same as when you went, you didn’t get your deal and your moneys all been spent, I could have told you long ago but you’ll never understand, no bollocks to be heroes, but man I can’t stand your band”
‘House Party At Boothy’s’ cheekily steels from both ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’ and ‘Our House’. It’s crammed with so many great lines it was difficult to know which ones to quote. All the little party details are here, like chatting, dancing, drinking, ordering Pizza, vomiting, PlayStation tournaments and the detritus left at the end of the night. It’s got loads of fun bits like when you hear a pretend girlie voice say “My boyfriend’s on his way, he’ll be here to collect me”. The included ‘Steve Lamacq’ version is good but it’s not really that different to the original.
The shouts in the background of ‘Teenager’ remind me of ‘Summer Nights’ from Grease, but this tale is a little trashier. The lyrics to ‘Man I Hate Your Band’ show that if the industry gives these guys a raw deal, at least they’ll be able to say, “I told you so”. I love the mocking way Jon Windle sings “We know a guy in Camden, who says that we’re unreal”.
This is a band that’ve come up with the Arctic Monkeys, but unlike groups such as Milburn, they’ve got enough talent to not be written off as mere imitators. Talent that’ll become obvious if you buy the single and download the following demos:
Here are links to watch videos for ‘The Agent’, ‘What? What You Got?’, ‘Young Offenders’ and ‘House Party At Boothy’s’ on YouTube. Also here’s an awesome DIY Lego video for ‘Hello Miss Lovely’ (Very Michel Gondry).