Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Parallax View Singles Of The Week

It's like it's 1979 all over again, as Rough Trade host the two singles of the week here at PV Towers. First up, and out in stores this week, is Jessica in which ex-Moldy Peach Adam Green sweetly croons a playfully vicious diatribe against much-mammaried media hyphenate Jessica Simpson. Who knows what she did to upset him (maybe he likes 'em skinny) but the rumours that Jessica has recorded a riposte that includes the lines

Adam, Adam Green
Wondered where the hell you been
Since you gave the boot
To that chick in the rabbit suit

were completely made up by Dead Kenny on the spot (and like he cares if it doesn't scan). Third track on the single appears to be a 10-year-old Adam singing into a tape machine about the perils of smoking. That he descended from this into a bitter ditties about celebrities with big titties says much about the life and career trajectory of the turn-of the-century troubadour, don't you think?

Out next week (March 29th) is Formed A Band by Art Brut, in which singer Eddie Argos opens his lyrical catalogue with a stated desire 'to be the boy, the man, who writes a song that helps Israel and Palestine get along'. It could be argued that this is the best statement of intent in a debut single since Sex Pistols' 'Anarchy In The UK' while the music provokes memories of The Ruts and The Gang Of Four (yes, them again) as well as never-quite-made-it nineties bands Flowered Up and Campag Velocet. In fact it's so perfectly realised a mission statement that it just about makes redundant any need for future releases. A word of warning however: this is a love-it-or-hate-it record as some people find it unusually irritating. There are Zero 7 records available for these people, mind.

Plus! I inadvertently won the debut album from The Stands by voting for 'Formed A Band' to win the Rebel Jukebox competition on Steve Lamacq's show on 6Music a few weeks back. We won't hold that against them, though.


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