XFM’s 5-songs-in-a-playlist policy means that if one tunes into their airwaves for any length of time one tends to want to tear ones hair out due to a diet of Limp Bizkit/ Linkin Park/ Papa Roach that would make any self respecting girl want to decapitate then disembowel the nearest hedgehog haired dimwit who goes on about “how nobody understands me. Everybody hates me.” and all the resultant blah blah.
I shall however make an exception for 28 Days. After severe overplay Rip It Up doesn’t annoy me rigid. Sucker will probably go down the same route of airplay until the radio station’s CD suffers a nervous breakdown and has to be let into the Priory.
Let me explain why 28 Days and 'Sucker' have several redeeming features:
Firstly Singer Jay Dunne doesn’t whine like a spoilt five year old and call it singing. What’s more 'Sucker' doesn’t sound as though it was specifically recorded for hormonal 14 year old boys (14 year old boys yes….but not necessarily hormonal.). The guitars go at 4 thousand mph without annoying hooks; the vocal is shouty; the sound is edgy; the lyrics, thankfully, are about other people and not the songwriter’s own issues (if I wanted to hear people emoting I’d be a psychologist, not a music fan.) and there is no bloody slow down bit ¾ of the way though the song for the singer to sound “emotional” or “persecuted” in a reflective way.
Other tracks on this singles are 'Kid Indestructible' live – more thousand miles an hour skater punk with added scratchy bits and then we get to 'Never give Up' (the randy wong mix.) Firstly, either there’s something we don’t know about Jay, or a girl is singing. Methinks it’s the latter. The remix turns what I presume was a rock song into funk with guitars and is the best track on this single.
Time to trust in a lesser corporate evil.
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