Kicker have always had
that breezy cut grass shimmy and their version of ‘Since You Left’
(The Inticers - 1965) sparkles like an April shower, catching you unawares,
making you grin. There’s humming, buzzing organ and snazzy little brass
runs and Jill throwing herself into the vocal like a good ‘un. It’s
The Style Council with the windows thrown open, designed to make you spin
dementedly on the living room floorboards.
Butterflies Of Love: Dan’s
lovelorn voice is on form, cracking perfectly over ‘Two Lovers’
(Mary Wells - 1962) as the Butterflies fizz and crash, building a booming
backing that’s replete with
bar-room piano, shivering reverb and rolling drums. When are the Butterflies
Of Love re-emerging anyway?
Comet Gain manage to make
‘If You Ever Walk Out Of My Life’ (Dena Barnes – 1967) sound
The Byrds dancing round a hot tambourine with The Shangri Las. In typically
contrary Feckster style they’ve re-written the lyrics (in the pub, natch)
“to piss off the purists” (always a good motive). Of the four
tracks here, this is the one that’ll hide itself in your brain forever,
emerging at random moments in
a bewildering burst of handclaps and the desperate need to sing your heart
out a la Rachel C.G.
Airport Girl smoulder
and growl their way through ‘Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)’
(Benny Spellman 1962/ O’Jays 1965) creating a warm, echoey feel that’s
reminiscent of the brothers Reid (JAMC not
The Proclaimers) during one of their more reflective moments. You’ll
probably not be cutting a rug to this one, more likely you’ll lie sprawled
on the rug, savouring
the heartbeat thump of the drums.
Careless magnesium flare whir