Another month, another sampler record. Yay. Though in truth, this one actually filled my overly cynical (blame TV) heart. Last Christmas I attended an Indiecent-Exposure night down Camden Town and had a pretty good night.
Perhaps it's no suprise that two of the bands I saw that night feature on this very sampler. Now, I've spouted enough praise for the Lollies these last nine months, so a little more isn't going to hurt. Call The Girls is as hopelessly catchy and lyrically sly as ever and leaves me wanting the time before their album is released to pass by as quickly as possible.
My Pet Junkie's sense of humour, evident live, carries over to Overhanging well, switching between Chuck Berry and Rage Against The Machine in a matter of seconds. I Never thought I'd ever have the chance to write that.
Listening to Glitterbug and their Today, Tonight, Tomorrow gives the impression that more then just a handful of people understood what the Only Ones were trying to do, and they make no attempt to try and be clever, going straight for guitar/synth hooks and singalong chorus. Good luck to them. Elsewhere, Long Good Luck almost win the prize for best song title with Cortina Boys. It's a tragic tale of woe about losing your girl to the far more macho types you see tear arsing down the A13 and who'll "tinker with her parts and never put her back together". Dark sexual themes abound.
This is more then can be said for Miss Bromley and their Kinky House Of Sex song (apparently). It's oh-so-ironic in that loathsome London art school manner and they end up coming across as complete twats. But, hey, maybe I just don't get it, maybe it's ironic, man.
I mentioned the prize for best song title. It may come as no surprise that this goes to the Fighting Cocks with Come On You Cunts. Yes, I was expecting some terrible sub-punk racket but guess what? It's weirdly wonderful little number with sampled strings, what sounds like an industrial bin being smashed with a crowbar and schoolyard chanting. My hat remains tipped.
Elsewhere, we have the expected mix of unusual noises made by 80's Casio keyboards and rather dull colour-by-numbers indie rock. £4.99 for 19 tracks is pretty good value for money by any measures, so take a wander over to http://www.indiecent-exposure.com
Reviewed By Peter Mattinson
10th of September 2002