In the context of the past, this is where I'd place Florence And The Machine...
Disclaimer: I’m not saying that Florence And The Machine consciously beg, borrow or have even heard the following...I mean, jeez, I’m like three times their age and even I haven’t heard some of the following. And I’m not saying that I haven’t missed someone really obvious, either. All I’m saying is that everything has a time and a place and a context, and this is what springs to my mind when I listen to Florence And The Machine rutting full-throttle through songs like 'Kiss With A Fist' and 'Girl With One Eye Open'. Even though I really haven’t heard The Fratellis.
two parts Kate Nash
Well, duh. Let’s get this out the way. 'Kiss With A Fist' is straightforwardly La Nash in stripy tights – um, which round these parts means Peggy Sue And The Pirates. We're talking the way Florence/Kate exhales and sighs between lines. We're talking the way she’s unashamed to spout nonsense – endearing nonsense, but nonsense nonetheless. We’re talking, we're talking...well, actually we’re talking about the way that Peggy Sue And The Pirates are criminally underrated (what, because they don’t flash their knickers like Karen O?).
one part The Fratellis
I'm not sure this is good. Maybe I’ve just shoved it in to indicate a certain element of twenty-something exuberance – like Yeah Yeah Yeahs with a lot of the jagged elements serrated down. All I know about The Fratellis is that my wife once indicated she thought she’d like to hear more, we spotted an obnoxious album cover of a large-breasted woman and there we left it. I could've equally as well put The Boys here – a 1978 powerpop combo that I was rather partial to, who were left smouldering in the wake of punk – and I would’ve known what I was talking about. But I didn’t.
one part Cyndi Lauper
THIS IS NOT AN INSULT. Cyndi has always possessed the most incredible voice, and no amount of wacky hair colouring and kooky videos can detract from this fact. (One suspects that in future years one might well be saying this about Florence And The Machine...or are we already?) Have a listen to Cyndi's pre-solo career band, Blue Angel. She absolutely holds back nothing. And yes, this definitely reminds me of the most endearing aspect of FatM’s rise to prominence: her ridiculously contagious energy and ability to hold a note beyond endurance. Gotta love that.
one part Sister Rosetta Thorpe
I'm listing the good Sister as a prime example of old school gospel – where the moment is all, and nothing else matters, except the elation and euphoria of singing in the name of the Lord. I have no idea whether Florence And The Machine sing in the name of the Lord – from where I'm standing, it sometimes seems they’re determined to single-handedly revive the oeuvre of plastic punk Toyah Wilcox (herself a righteous Christian) – but I think it's be kind of nice if they did. Make a difference from complaining how crap yr boy treats you, leastways.
one part Manic Street Preachers
I could’ve written Nirvana here, but give Cobain his due – he understood subtlety.
one part The White Stripes
...or is that The Libertines? I find it so hard to differentiate between these white boy guitar bands. Again, we’re talking energy. And again, I could’ve written 'The Clash' and then at least have known what I was talking about again. Even if I did hate them.
one part Jefferson Airplane
You can't ignore Grace Slick.
three parts American Idol
Oh, come on. Of course she’s three parts American Idol. If she hadn't been discovered singing Motown drunk in the toilets by Queens Of Noize, she'd have been discovered auditioning Motown sober in the BBC studios in front of Graham Norton. Now I think on it, she should’ve been on I’ll Do Anything. She would've made a perfect Nancy. THIS ISN’T AN INSULT. Nancy is one of the kick-ass creations of the stage.
one part Blondie
I'm thinking Blondie’s self-titled debut album; specifically, I’m thinking the 10th song on Blondie's debut album, 'Rifle Range'. Go on. Have a listen. Tell me that I'm wrong.
one part Placebo
Well, duh. 'Kiss With A First' is equal parts Kate Nash, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Placebo's debut album. Oh, wait a minute…
four parts Yeah Yeahs Yeahs