Time for a random single review! A Randan single review at that. See what I did there? This is an unusual one for me, as I’m actually reviewing something from listening to it on MySpace, rather than having a copy of my own. You don’t care, I know, but it seemed worth pointing out.
Yet another song that came to my attention through Glasgow Podcart, part of their plan to use all my eMusic credits and make me spend all my money on music I think. That’s alright though, I’m always happy to buy stuff that’s good.
Daily Record May 18th 1993 is the new single from Randan Discotheque, and it’s a fun little thing. Probably the easiest thing I’ve ever had to describe too, as it essentially headlines and mentions of stuff that appeared in – you guessed it – the May 18th 1993 Daily Record newspaper, half spoken, half sung over a drum machine, keyboard and guitar backdrop.
There’s nothing really complicated going on here and I dare say it’ll fall into a love it/hate it category, but me, I love it. As further encouragement I’ll put forward the tale of my friend. he doesn’t know much about music, anything beyond The Doors and The Kinks and he’s a bit lost, but he suffers through me playing new stuff at him when we are round his house for beers – I enjoy good music, he drinks himself silly, it’s a plan that keeps us both happy. On Saturday I put on the Randan track and for the first time in ages he paid attention, enquired what it was and declared, slightly drunk, “I love this!”. Maybe saying that my pal who doesn’t like music likes this song isn’t really such a good recommendation, but in my head it is a good thing. By the way, on May 18th 1993 I was closing in on the end of my second year at secondary school. I feel old again now.
B-side Time To Waste sounds entirely different, kicking off with an alarm clock, pounding bass then jagged guitars. It’s a completely different beast to the A-Side, Magazine to Daily Record’s Black Grape, but every bit as good. It also shows that dismissing Randan Discotheque as a novelty act on the basis of the A-Side would be a silly move indeed, they’ve got range.
Random fairly meaningless star system score – it’s a full five out of five!
The single is out on Monday, August 31. You should be able to find it in Avalance and Mono, and buy it online too. (Update, you can get your hands on a copy of the 7″ here.)
There’s also a launch gig for the single tomorrow night (August 28th) in the Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh. Get yourself along to that if you are over that side of the country.
Not posting the song, for obvious reasons. You can head over to MySpace and listen to it there.
Here’s a wee video of the song played live though. Warning: shirtless man.