EMI EMVVVCD001: 30th October 2006
1. Johnny Two Bands
“It’s not easy, giving up on a friend, especially one with a voice so strong, but you always doubted the music that we made, and you were wrong, oh you were wrong, Johnny two bands”
2. Seven Inch Record
“Well today I bought a seven inch record, I’m gonna play it all night ’til the sun comes up yeah, well outside it’s all doom and gloom, I’m gonna turn it up loud, gonna dance around my room”
This is Vincent Vincent & The Villains’ first major label release after a few singles on Smoking Gun and Young & Lost Club records. If you’ve not heard them before, they’re almost like a Rockabilly version of The Libertines. Both songs have been doing the rounds as demos for a while, but now they’ve enlisted the help of legendary producer Stephen Street to perfect them.
‘Johnny Two Bands’ is a song about Vincent’s feelings when his band mates left to form The Rumble Strips. It can also easily be read as a metaphor for friendship, love and life in general. You can sing-along with the chorus and it’s The Villains’ best single since ‘On My Own’.
‘Seven Inch Record’ has got that seductive Dick Dale Surf-Guitar sound and Kevin Rowland meets Elvis vocals. It’s an ode to that exciting feeling when you’ve dug through crates of vinyl and found that nugget of gold that everyone else has missed. I remember having to stop myself leaping into the air when I found a copy of The White Stripes ‘The Big Three Killed My Baby’ in Camden a couple of years back with a £3 sticker on it (It goes for anything between £20 and £50 on Ebay… but I’d never sell it).