LIL’ CHRIS – Checkin’ It Out (CD Single)

RCA 88697002812: 25th September 2006
1. Checkin’ It Out
“This is my golden opportunity, to take a cherry from her apple tree”
2. Me & My Life (Acoustic Version)
“When it comes to me, you get what you see, be what you are, and not what you’re told to be”

Apparently Chris “Lil’ Chris” Hardman appeared on the 2nd series of Gene Simmons’ Rock School show on Channel Four. Since this is the product of a school kid from a reality show it must be pretty manufactured. But if this is the sound of a manufactured song then… viv’ la manufacturé!

‘Checkin’ It Out’ is the loosest, freshest, most rabid slice of Pop-Punk you’re likely to hear. That’s in no small part to Chris’s hyperactive vocals, which sound like a pre-pubescent male version of Poly Styrene (The front-woman of X-Ray Spex, not the packing material). It sounds like before they recorded the song, the producer fed him an entire shipment of Smarties and attached electrodes to his balls. It’s rendered imperfect by some whiney Emo guy in the background, but you can’t have everything. Just one listen to the chorus of “Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-checkin’ it out!” will have it stuck in your head for the rest of the year.

Again Chris’s vocals bring a female singer to mind on the B-side ‘Me & My Life’, and this time it’s Siouxsie Sioux. The energetic vocals and simplistic lyrics don’t quite work when pared with just an Acoustic Guitar but still, his frenzied shouts of “Ah-ah-ah!” would put Karen O to shame.

I insist you watch the brilliant video for ‘Checkin’ It Out’ on YouTube. It’s like a mad inverted version of Andrew W.K’s classic video for ‘She Is Beautiful’.

Lil’ Chris Website / Lil’ Chris MySpace Page / Lil’ Chris Fansite

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