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  singles - tasty 20
  - Ron Sexsmith
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OK Go
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Dirty Vegas
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Kosmonaut
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Alpine Stars
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Stag
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Party of One
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Magnet
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JJ72
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Candy Coloured Clowns
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Bronze
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Greg Murray

- The Kills
- Idlewild
- The Futureheads
- Biffy Clyro
- Spacehopper
- The Darkness
- Medicine 8
- Jasmine Minks
- The Girl With The Replaceable Head
- Tears in X-Ray Eyes
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Little Japanese Toy


 

Ron Sexsmith - Gold In Them Hills (Ronboy Records)
As if ’featuring Chris Martin’ on the cover would draw tasty in?! We’re not that daft..well, not quite. This is okay in a very dull, Coldplay-on-downers (imagine how slow that is??!!) kind of way. It’s supposed to be beautiful, but I’m not so sure. Beauty, is, after all, in the eye of Noddy Holder, and I’m sure he wouldn’t like this at all. I’m with Noddy. Holder that is. Not the bloke with the bobble hat.


OK Go - Get Over It (Capitol)
Oh for fuck’s sake...long shorts, chains, red goatee beards. Pogoing with their guitars. That is all you need to know. Good bye.


 

Dirty Vegas - Simple Things (EMI)
Nice, laid back little thing from Dirty Vegas, which reminds me of Crowded House’s better moments, but I didn’t just say that, okay. Very radio-friendly in a mid-day nap kind of way, ’Simple Things’ makes up for what it lacks in actual song writing ability by some fine production that does funny things to your ears. And I don’t mind that....


Kosmonaut - Never Realised (Jonathan’s Song) (Porterfield 73)
Ahh, that’s better. Kosmonaut give a one track, self-released thingy. And it’s live too, from a venue in Byker!! Wow!

‘Never Realised’ shows Kosmonaut’s New Order influences off to the max, and comes on like  something off Low Life, which is all very great indeed, if you ask me. One looks forward to some more, better produced Kosmonaut stuff in the future, but for now, this’ll do. Contact kosmonaut@btinternet.com


Alpinestars - Burning Up (Riverman)
Also starts off like New Order, oddly. And then goes all ‘Screamadelica’ on me. Again, this is fine. I can’t really think of anything else to say about this single. Average at best. Annoying bleepy at worst. Will that do? It will? Thanks....


 

Stag - Low Watt Gold (KarmaLion)
In a very poor issue for singles, this takes the custard cream. Do the record buying public still want to hear Dr Feelgood in 2003. I do not, dear readers, fucking think so. This is so bad it’s made me screw my face up. Yes! That bad!


 

Party of One - Shotgun Funeral (Fat Cat)
Oohh...now this is good. Muccho lo-fi and with scratchy guitars and tinny drums, this remind me of much of the stuff coming out of
Manchester around the mid-nineties. ‘Shotgun Funeral’ sounds like the Breeders jammy with Lonnie Donegan, only...ermm...without the washboard.

Meanwhile, on t’b-side, ‘Jenga’ is lovely, in a very desperate way. I think it’s the very marvellous Spare Snare who they remind me of. Party of One and Kosmonaut might just have saved this page from the depths of mediocrity.


 

Magnet - The Day We Left Town ep (Ultimate Dilemma)
Because I’m such a lazy git, I will concentrate solely on the rather wonderful title track of this splendidly packaged single. ‘The Day We Left Town’ is a massive big epic of a thing, which, at times sounds like its being played backwards, but then I haven‘t felt the urge to roam the streets with guns yet, so it can’t be. Good stuff.


 

JJ72 - Always and Forever (Lakota)
Much like Idlewild, JJ72 seem to be stuck at that stage where they’ll never ever move on from having a load of t-shirted up youths liking them. Then again, if the singer bloke carries on sounding like some kind of Irish folk singer then they’ll slip even further back. A truly bland single.


 

The Kills - Fried My Little Brains (Domino)
With a name like that, and a support slot to JSBE, what do you expect? That‘s right, garage rock, y’know, the sort of stuff that’s all the rage at the moment. ‘Fried My Little Brains’ could maybe pass for Sonic Youth at times, especially when the female vocals come in, but it’s chugging guitars remind much more of Jon Spencer and his ilk. As long as the NME doesn’t get hold of them, they’ll be fine, I’m sure.


Idlewild - A Modern Way of Letting Go (EMI)
Is the boy on the cover ripping up the bed looking for an Idlewild single that actually sounds different to all the others or what?? Ho, ho! ‘A Modern Way of Letting Go’ sees the band return to the ‘fast’ single formula where they sound like Neds Atomic Dustbin, rather than the slow ones where they sound like REM. Yawn.


 

The Futureheads - 1-2-3-Nul ep (Fantastic Plastic)
Not quite the most apt name for a band that play a sort of high octane Pere Ubu thing, but anyway, first track, ‘Carnival Kids’ sounds like the sort of thing Paul Weller was probably knocking out in his bedroom in 1976, whilst ‘Ticket’ is slightly more interesting with its angular scratchy guitars and almost Stump-like rhythm section that makes for something a treat really. However, ‘Cabaret’ returns to type, despite trying to be a bit too clever for its own good. Last up is ‘A Picture of Dorian Gray’, which is a straight 4/4 new wave ditty. Interesting for now, but hardly essential.


 

Biffy Clyro - The Ideal Height (Beggars Banquet)
Past Biffy Clyro releases have hardly set tasty alight it has to be said, and ‘The Ideal Height’ whilst slightly more interesting, is still much of a muchness, and is hardly single material. Music for those who think pop music was invented at the 1992 Reading Festival.


 

Spacehopper - Silent Film (Star Harbour)
An odd choice of band and song for
Star Harbour - the label that likes to surprise. ‘Silent Film’ is in the Coldplay field of songwriting, and therefore it’s all very pretty and that, but massively overproduced and in the end, very dull. And at one point the singer sounds like Bono. Nul points.


 

The Darkness - Get Your Hands of My Woman (Dusty)
Get your music out of my speakers, fuckwits. Incredibly poor indie-metal shite, with possibly the most appalling vocalist I’ve ever heard.


 

Medicine 8 - Rock Music Pays Off (Regal)
A great big proper hybrid (ooh, how I hate that word) of rock and dance music...or Rance...as it shall now be known. This is quite impressive in its scope, and should appeal to those Underworld fans who fill themselves full of Junior Disprin and wave their hands about every Saturday night.


 

Jasmine Minks - I Heard I Wish It Would Rain (Bus Stop)
Something of a staple of mid-eighties Creation supremacy, Jasmine Minks return after nearly a decade of doing nowt. This is quite beautiful, the softest protest song you could imagine, draped in the atmospherics of the best synth-driven indie-pop whilst making the sort of bouncy sound that should be heard at indie nights up and down the land - NOW! Apart from the instant aesthetics, this is a song about frustration, it seems, with modern life, and that’s the sort of song that tasty likes. Oh yes. Good to have them back.


 

The Girl With the Replaceable Head - Ride My Star (Bus Stop)
As if Harper Lee were female fronted, but with the added twang of some country and western strumming. And therefore, quite beautiful. ‘Ride My Star’ drips atmospherics and is wonderfully produced, with the vocals tucked so snuggly in the mix that it’s hard not to fall in love with them. Meanwhile, ‘Bobby’s On Fire’ takes the same ethereal/pop mix over an even sparser  background, that sort of brings back memories of the cocteau twins at their most simple. Last track, ‘The Sun Will Let You Down’ starts off in a most maudlin vein before opening up into a ballad against that recurring theme, frustration of modern living. Fine, fine, FINE stuff.


 

Candy Coloured Clowns - Glory (Bus Stop)
Despite their frankly shite name, CCC is the new home of 80s indie heroes, to some at least, Hurrah. And on with the show....CCC make the a sort of psychedelic pop, best shown on ‘Glory’ - a very 80s indie sound about trying to break out of small town
England - sound familiar? This is a little too obvious for me, the vocals are forced to the point of sounding like bloody Deacon Blue. Mmmm...not  good....


 

Bronze - Presence of Greatness (Bus Stop)
Another member of Hurrah - Paul Handyside - turns up in Bronze and does a far better job of making the sort of muscle bound indie pop than Candy Coloured Clowns. It’s still a little too worthy for me though, ‘Presence of Greatness’ reminds me too much of a whole slew of averageness that abounded in the
UK indie guitar scene at the end of the 80s. Still, one-nil to Mr Handyside methinks...


 

Greg Murray - Edge ep (Bus Stop)
All the way from
Ireland - actually it’s not that far is it, what am I talking about? - Greg Murray plays all the instruments on this single, the clever devil. And quite a nice job he’s made of it too. Obviously a big fan of Nick Drake and Simon and Garfunkel, this is four songs of the wimpiest folk-pop, and that is very fine indeed. Stay weak Greg.


 

Little Japanese Toy - Calling Disused Numbers (Star Harbour)
Odd, but strangely beautiful. ‘Calling Disused Numbers’ is a slo-fi romp with stops and starts and big bits of radio interference...and then, bugger me, a huge wash of effects pedal laden guitar, which is quite wonderful indeed. Reminds me slightly of a very laid back Flaming Lips, but only slightly, don’t get too excited/bored. And yes! There’s a violin in there! Brilliant. Please continue in the same vein....


 

Tears in X-Ray Eyes - Sleep Like a Dream ep (Test Tube Records)
Four more beautiful lullabies from Tim Closs and his TIXE pals. This sees the group treading an even more commercial sound than ever before, with the title track coming on like a very commercial Suede track, but with a decent piano and guitar solo thrown in. Meanwhile, ‘In These Dreams’, possibly the best track of the four sounds like Closs performing a solo in a church or something. Aided only by a piano, his fragile voice sounds even more spint-tingling than ever. I dunno when someone is going to make TIXE very famous indeed, but they should pull their finger out and get it sorted out.