Singles & Downloads

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Unlikely as it seems, a certain contingent of megastars might be too big to read their own press. This is a good thing, because we get to lay the boot into their ever more ham-fisted efforts without fear of hurting anyone’s feelings. Like cuddly old Meatloaf, for example, whose marketing-busting idea to promote Bat Out of Hell III is to release a new version of bombastic old clunker ‘It’s All Coming Back To Me Now’ (Mercury - one star). ‘Why?’ we scream forlornly into the darkness (or for The Darkness).

Here’s another one: Moby and Debbie Harry teaming up on ‘New York, New York (Mute - (one star) (not that one), a slice of energy sapping muzak coming to an airline advert near you soon, undoubtedly. Or Babyshambles’ ‘Janie Jones’ (B-Unique - 2 stars), the reunion of Pete and Carl (not that you can hear it) - it’s a mawling of the Clash song, which is the only reason it’s half decent. Meanwhile the Tenacious D joke is already growing thinner than clingfilm second time around, the main selling point of ‘The Pick of Destiny’(Epic - 2 stars) being the bit where Jack Black rhymes ‘fucking insane’ with ‘chicken chow mein’.

All of which would be rather dispiriting if we didn’t have a young generation of artists to replace our heroes. Should you require a new Tom Waits, for example, then you can listen to Micah P Hinson’s quirky, carousing ‘Jackeyed’ (Sketchbook - 3 stars) or the excellent Uncle John and Whitelock’s ‘Riverside’ (GFM - 4 stars) for some truly menacing blues. Bat For Lashes - AKA Natasha Khan - is a powerful, quirky spirit in the vein of Kate Bush, so you should buy ‘Trophy’ (Echo - 4 stars), and Patrick Wolf’s ‘Accident and Emergency’ (Loog - 3 stars) is an equally spirited retooling of Gary Numan, this time with added glitch techno.

So, all that’s left in the race for Single of the Fortnight is to pass over Dawn of the Replicants’ grimy ‘Skullcrusher’ (SL - 4 stars) (cache-enhancingly remixed by David Holmes and Tim Goldsworthy), the high-quality indie pop of Pull Tiger Tail’s ‘Animator’ (Young and Lost Club - 4 stars) and Mum’s dizzyingly laid-back ‘Peel Session’ (Fatcat - 4 stars), and alight instead upon the scene-stealing wonders of Glasgow pop rock tarts 1990s (pictured) with ‘You’re Supposed To Be My Friend’ (Rough Trade - 4 stars). One day we’ll call them crap too, but not today.

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