TWICE THE TOWN YOU'LL EVER BE
It has taken me about a hundred years to get round to listening to
this collection of music boasting the cream of the Newcastle and Sunderland
music scene. And what do you know? The opening track is by now new darlings,
The Futureheads, who I incidentally don't see what all the fuss is about.
Mind you, their flavour-of-the-month status could have well been predicted;
they are the most predictable group on the entire compilation. Is it
now the in thing to rip-off The Jam? No wonder the ale's cheaper up
north; I would have to get sloshed to excited about this lot.
Other songs that are not my cup of tea for crimes of blandness, inducing extreme boredom or just plain pointless noisemongery include 3rd Planetarium (though their song, "Who wants to have a fight with me?" brought back wonderful memories of games of thumb wars gone by), Drawn By Lines (regardless, self-professed "hard" teenage boys would gladly take a battering in a mosh pit for this emo-esque band), The Unit Ama (tell me, what is the point of having a ten minute long introduction to a song?) and This Ain't Vegas (too right it damn well ain't! Actually, they weren't that bad). I was also undecided about Electronic Eye Machine. Their track "Waiting at your window" sounded like Blur's "Countryside Ballad Man" sung in their Leisure hey-day. Are the haircuts as laughable? It remains to be seen.