Hello! Today has been an almighty comedown for sports fans with the World Cup and Wimbledon both coming to an end last night. To fill the gap, for now, here’s the latest Juke Box Jury. After only one track from last week made it into the Top 100 (the NHS Voices cover of ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’), here are another five new releases…
The first track of the week is ‘Summertime Magic’ from Childish Gambino aka actor Donald Glover. Clearly concocted with the season in mind, this will no doubt be blasted from all the speakers of young adults and older adults who try to kid themselves that they’re ‘down with the kids’ as the sun shines late into the evening, and many summery alcoholic beverages will be consumed. It’s a bit boring really. But it will, no doubt, be a HIT.
Track number two is ‘Sesame Syrup’ by the rather oddly named Cigarettes After Sex. This is a melancholic, slightly dreary tune from the American band. With the jangly dampened guitar sound, this is what the Byrds might have sounded like on valium. It’s five minutes long, and if you’re tired and need to sleep, this is the song for you!! It will be a MISS.
The third of this week’s tracks is ‘Don’t Be Afraid If Nobody Loves You’ by Suede. This is textbook Suede – guitar bursts, Brett Anderson’s wailing vocals, and lyrics about being on the edge of society. That said, it’s still comparable with their earlier stuff, albeit reeking of middle-age spread. It won’t trouble the charts, making it a MISS, but this is probably exactly what they would want!
The penultimate track is ‘Desperate Man’ by American Country singer Eric Church. As American country songs go, this is, well, not terrible. This is what I would call proper country music – none of this modernised bullshit. I’ve heard worse – much worse – than this. Yet this will certainly not be making an appearance in the British Top 100, making this a MISS.
Last up this week is ‘First Aid’ from Eliza And The Bear. I’m sorry, but this manages to make the Eric Church track sound like a fucking musical masterpiece. It’s dull, dreary, monotonous dross. This is the opinion I formed within the first ten seconds of the song, and I haven’t got to the end and it isn’t getting any better. I can sum this up in one word – MISS. I need say no more.
Right, on to the classic chart track. On this day back in 1976, Thin Lizzy were sitting at number 15 with ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’. Absolute bloody brilliance! Enjoy.
Right, time for Juke Box Jury to take a little holiday, but fear not, I’ll back in the Autumn to brighten up your Monday evenings!!