Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Stainless Steel in the Hour of Chaos

First off, apologies for leaving you hanging. I've been out and about in the real world (of which more in future posts).

We'll get back to the sampler album tracks shortly. In the meantime, though, I've had Neon Neon's excellent new single going round in my head for weeks now, and it's finally released this week, with accompanying video. The video (below) segues partway through into the single's B-side, Trick For Treat, featuring Spank Rock and Ron Jerem.....sorry, Har Mar Superstar... but don't let this put you off.

Okay, so the Psychedelic Furs and Thomas Dolby have called to say they want their sound back. But when a group has the balls to create a concept album (about John DeLorean, no less) in this age of instant downloads and short attention spans, that has to be applauded. The people at the Mercury Music Prize obviously think so-- said album (Stainless Style) received a nod for best long-player of the year in the Mercury shortlist yesterday.

If you like I Told Her on Alderaan, there's every chance you'll enjoy the short mixtape that Gruff and BoomBip of Neon Neon provided to Pitchfork. It outlines their influences for Stainless Style, which include Neil Young's derided Trans, Janet Jackson and Debbie Gibson. Hooray! Download this here.

(Bonus pic: two pre-teen vandals in front of a DeLorean. In Coventry.)

1 comment:

Irk The Purists said...

And while I'm at it, how stupid was the entirely manufactured controversy about Robert Plant and Alison Krauss getting a nomination?
Paphides could have said the same thing about Neon Neon (one Brit and one Yank), but didn't, presumably because (a) a Welsh beardie and an Ohio crate-digger are intrinsically less headline-worthy than a rock god and Mrs. Elvis Costello, or (b) he has no idea who Neon Neon are.