When bands cover each other via singles, it often descends into the musical equivalent of Chelsea shitting all over Accrington Stanley in a lovingly put together/patronising friendly. “Accrington Stanley, who are they? Exactly, nah gerroff!”
However, whereas Nirvana and Franz kicked seven shades out of their imitators with split singles, The Cribs can claim a scrappy score-draw with the Kaiser Chiefs on this 7-inch love-in cover session. The aptly titled A-side ‘Mirror Kissers’ mimics the Chiefs by shagging the arse out of their stop-starts, timely ‘woah!’ yelps and a tune so catchy even brain-dead skinheads on the terraces can sing along. In other words it’s a crowd-pleasing piece of brilliant pop.
The cover of ‘The Modern Way’ is an embarrassing thrashing however, and the scenesters really should stick to their own game in gaining promotion to the big league. In analysis then, it’s definitely back of the net stuff gaffer, although it’s a single of two halves, at end of the day… (sniiip!)
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