Archive for November 1st, 2006

November 1, 2006

BABYSHAMBLES – Janie Jones: Strummerville (CD & 7″ Single)

B-Unique BUN116CD: 30th October 2006
Janie Jones: Strummerville (Original / Peter Doherty Vocal Version / Statik Remix)
“An’ in the in-tray lots of work, and the boss at the firm he always thinks he shirks, but he’s just like everyone, he’s got a Ford Cortina, and it just won’t run without fuel”

‘Janie Jones: Strummerville’ is a one off collaboration between Babyshambles and practically every other act in the universe, including Dirty Pretty Things, Jamie T and Mystery Jets. It’s a cover of the first track from The Clash’s eponymous 1977 album and proceeds go to ‘The Joe Strummer Foundation For New Music’.

The ‘Original’ version is one of those charity singles where everybody chips in and sings a line. It’s enormous fun spotting all the bands and it’s great to hear Pete and Carl’s voices on the same record. The ‘Peter Doherty Vocal Version’ is one of the best tracks that Pete’s done in a long, long time. It’s great when his cracked and passionate voice is backed by a band with real talent, and not just a bunch of crack-head arseholes. The ‘Statik Remix’ is more of a departure from the sound of the Clash original, but since The Clash’s music always crossed over in to other genres, it’s not all that surprising. Lethal Bizzle and a few other guests contribute some new lyrics and Statik enhances the backing track with extra Electronic sounds.

A brand new record from Babyshambles called ‘The Blinding EP’ is promised for December. Hopefully it’ll be a resounding return to form.

Click here to watch the video for ‘Janie Jones: Strummerville’ on YouTube.

Babyshambles Website / Babyshambles MySpace Page
Statik MySpace Page / Strummerville Website

November 1, 2006

THE LONG BLONDES – Once & Never Again (CD & 2x 7″ Singles)

Rough Trade RTRADSCD373: 23rd October 2006
1. Once & Never Again
“Another drama by the kitchen sink tonight, you said you’d cut yourself, whilst washing up the knives”
2. Five Ways To End It
“He takes all his women for decadent dinners, expensive restaurants, don’t mean a thing”
3. Who Are You To Her?
“Who are you to her, well I’m expecting you to say, yes I’m expecting you to end it in your own distinctive way”
4. The Whippet Fancier
“And there are things you won’t forget, four-seven-eleven at the nape of the neck, swallow tattoos and cameo brooches, applying eyes on south bound coaches, raiding skips of next door neighbours, piles of unread Sunday papers, stealing from cosmetics counters, and all the things I’ll never ever do again, now that you’ve gone”

‘Once & Never Again’ is a catchy combination of lyrics worthy of Morrissey and music that evokes all the great sixties girl groups with a crackling noughties Indie-Rock edge. It’s not quite the equal of break-through single ‘Weekend Without Makeup’ but it’s fairly close.

The Long Blondes’ lyrics are written by Guitarist Dorian but on ‘Five Ways To End It’ the words are by singer Kate Jackson. There’s a pumping Bass line, shimmering Guitars and whispered Jarvis style vocals. It’s better than the A-side, but with its six-minute length, waves of distortion and Electro coda, it was never going to be a single. ‘Who Are You To Her?’ might be the best song that The Long Blondes have recorded so far. I played air Bass, whistled along and it features the hilarious line “I’m still classic girlfriend material”. Scratch that, ‘The Whippet Fancier’ is The Long Blondes’ best song. It’s certainly Dorian’s best lyric (I could have quoted the whole thing) and it’s got glorious twanging Guitars and a head banging rhythm.

These four songs are an even more convincing statement of The Long Blondes’ credentials than their last single. The world’s only got one week to wait till the debut album hits the stores… lucky, lucky world.

Click here to pre-order The Long Blondes’ debut album ‘Someone To Drive You Home’ from HMV for only £7.99.

Here are links to download a selection of the best tracks from various sold-out Long Blondes releases:

Appropriation (By Any Other Name) mp3
Autonomy Boy mp3
Big Infatuation mp3
Christmas Is Cancelled mp3
My Heart Is Out Of Bounds mp3
Polly mp3
Separated By Motorways (Sexamatronic Remix) mp3

Here are links to watch videos for ‘New Idols’, ‘Long Blonde’, ‘Autonomy Boy’, ‘Appropriation (By Any Other Name)’, ‘Separated By Motorways’ and ‘Weekend Without Makeup’, ‘Once & Never Again’ on YouTube.

The Long Blondes Website / The Long Blondes MySpace Page / Unofficial Forum