Concrete Recordings CONC006: 6th November 2006
1. Trophies Of Love
“Too much TV, not enough story, splinin’ out yer secrets, drunken fury, sit down concerts, cut price fashion, mellowing passion, filthy beatnik”
2. Mr Stevens
“The curtains are drawn and the lights are on, cos it’s just another day in the life of old Mr Stevens, oh Mr Stevens”
‘Trophies Of Love’ is the second single by Orphan Boy after April’s brilliant ‘Billy’s England / Postcode’ 7″ on Grace Records. The production on ‘Billy’s England’ was very poor, but the same can’t be said of either of these two tracks. It’s like the catchy Guitar Pop of the Arctic Monkeys, with the anger of Joe Strummer and all the lyrical invention Jamie T.
I’ve had a live recording of ‘Mr Stevens’ for a while and it’s become a firm favourite so it’s great to hear a studio version. It’s old-skool Punk in the mould of The Buzzcocks but with a baggy twist. They’ve added furious instrumental passages to the song for this new version that’ll have you dancing like Bez. Any song that has a shout of “Shop local!” towards the end has got to be good.