Tuesday, May 27, 2008
If Grease 3 ever gets filmed, The School would do the soundtrack and it’d be a global success.
Their new ep, Let It Slip, is about crushes and kisses and recriminations, it smoulders as much as it struts, and it creates finger-snapping soulful grooves and sets them in endless summer days and nights.
I can hear Big Star’s melancholy and Camera Obscura’s soul-soaked pop and The Chiffons’ exhilaration and it sounds bloody great.
Their first single, All I Wanna Do, had many people excited a couple of months ago, but I got my pants in a wad over it. Not because I don’t need another song using the Be My Baby drumbeat (I don’t, but every girl group-influenced band starts there) but because I already own Tracey Ullman’s version of They Don’t Know and didn’t need another one.
Given the high quality of Let It Slip, I’ll put All I Wanna Do down as a false start and look forward to more of this top pop.
As an aside, 18 years ago there was a band called Love, who released a one-sided single, Welsh Girl, on Fierce. Bloody great it was. Rumour maintained it was really Hue Pooh Stick. Oddly enough, the sleeve to Welsh Girl features a girl with long blonde tresses surrounded by records. No, I don’t have a scanner or a camera, so you’ll have to take my word for its thematic similarity to the Let It Slip sleeve. But I do have a cd recorder, so here’s Welsh Girl by Love.
Posted by Fire Escape at 12:45 p.m.