- Happiness (Mercury) 07/08/2006
T: Ok I
admit - they've stopped reminding me of Curiosity Killed the Cat, and
moved on to sounding like Hothouse Flowers and Hue and Cry. Except worse.
They're actually beginning to irritate me now as much as Maroon 5. In
fact, IS this Maroon 5?
N: What ARE you talking about? One word - awesome. Oh alright I'll expand
- do you remember a band in the early nineties from Scotland...Glasgow
I think it was...named Gun? A little cliched, it might at first appear,
but these were a band with their feet (and heads) firmly planted in
what is rock. Their vocalist had a tremendous presence and when this
single started out, I felt the same impact. Admittedly, as it proceeded,
some of this initial impact was lost, and I felt, as your comment suggests,
suffered for it, but give them their dues...
T: Give them their dues? I'd rather give them their bus fare home! You
use the word "awesome" - well at least the word I'd use starts
with the same two letters. They're the sort of band who are destined
to assault my ears on a ten minutely basis while I'm at work with folk
who think "local radio" is the cutting edge of music. And
since when has sounding like Gun been a good thing? Contrary to what
you say I thought they were an embarrassing excuse for rock music. My
earlier suspicions have been confirmed too, now that I've just read
they'll be supporting Robbie Williams on tour. This song makes me want
to throw my stereo out of my bedroom window.
N: However trite you may feel these - and others mentioned - are, these
guys did have tremendous impact, and whether they annoy you or not,
I think it's fairly evident that others won't think the same, and when
has a tour with one of the biggest selling artists ever been a handicap?
T: That's like defending Westlife mate.
N: I am NOT defending Westlife.
Scoring is difficult here - but it's somewhere between 2/10
and 7/10 - take your pick.