It's Christmas, and I didn't post yesterday, so this entry has a few MP3 links, loosely based around the "thrift-shop Motown/Spector" sound currently doing the rounds in Britain.
Saturday Looks Good To Me — Lift Me Up
My favourite concert of 2005 (did I really only go to four?)? Almost certainly. Stars were great, but not as intimate as SLGTM's concert at The Windmill in Brixton. The Super Furries were fun (and not on my own! Woo!), and The Go! Team were infectious, but hearing Lift Me Up live made my year. You can read all about the adventure here (and obviously, I'm linking to that review because Betty Barnes (the singer) left a comment, and well, I like shouting about things like that), and listen by clicking above. Go on!
Kicker — Since You Left
And now! The British contingent! From the EP More Soul Than Wigan Casino on FortunaPop, this is a cover of an old Inticers record. Obviously. And it's ace!
The Pipettes — ABC
By now, you're probably resigned to thinking that all these records are going to have female vocals. And you're right. Sorry. Anyway, The Pipettes, current indie darlings and all-round good eggs (or so I'm told). Their mission statement includes a dismissal of pop developed through the lineage of The Beatles; instead, they're drawing on Phil Spector and The Shangri-Las. Indeed, they're the current Leaders of The Pack (you're fired — Ed.).
The Revelations — You're The Loser
Included solely for the bit that goes "You gave me up" *keyboard goes whooooosh*. I do feel that the break at 1:08 should be a little longer and finger-snappy though.
Lucky Soul — Lips Are Unhappy
Tambourines! Strings! Lyrics that go "Shake. Shake. Shimmy!" Glitter and running mascara. More whooooshing sounds, "ooooooh" backing harmonies, sounding like a lost classic from a parallel 1969. "You won't tell any one, will you?"
Kenickie — Letter To Memphis
Because Lauren blew on a melodica this morning. Or perhaps because they came first, if not actually first, then the first to make "she's filling up with amino" dance to Be My Baby. Because their favourite MP was Dennis Skinner, and they had songs about robots, spiders, drag races, and wanting to slash other girls. Because they never complained, but annoyed Kelly Jones by having the grace to give his band a support slot. Because their mates couldn't come out to play, but they had fun anyway. And, to wrap up for now, because they listened to The Pixies and thought Doo-Wop.
Today's entry is sponsored by One Kiss Can Lead To Another, and It's So Fine (Pye Girls Are Go).