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Going Steady: New Singles 5-20-22 – 5-26-22 Reviewed

Body – 070 Shake, Christine and the Queens – she has always been a little dank for my tastes, but this Dave Sitek production with Christine along for the ride is quietly goth and addictive – B+

1989 – Aitch – The great Happy Monday Shaun Ryder joins Aitch on a Stone Roses sample – B+

Sans Soleil – Alexisonfire – 90s style grunge-y metalcore on their first in over a decade – C-

Comatose – Coheed and Cambria – the great proggers at their straight up rockiest on a triumphant track which is everything worth loving about the band in one song, a classical rock sounding triumph of melody and loudness – A-

Fire It Up – Def Leppard – old school UK metal that sounds boats load like Joan Jett – B

Turn Up The Sunshine – From ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Soundtrack – Diana Ross, Tame Impala – if you think Diana Ross and Tame Impala together at last sounds pretty awful, now add Jack Antonoff into the mix on an awful disco track – MUST TO AVOID – E

Rock Me When He’s Gone – Full Version – Elton John – You may have heard this on the 1992 Rare Masters, a rollicking Gospel based (including backing singers) song only improved with an additional two minutes. Why this never made it to Madman I have no idea at all… – A

for the girls – Hayley Kiyoko – I see no reason to complain about Hayley Kiyoto’s lesbian sex songs, and “for the girls” echoes Blurs “Girls & Boys” to fine effect, for one of our most sex positive performers – B+

Slidin’ (feat. Kodak Black) – Jason Derulo – Jason always has the pop chops you expect from funky disco and Kodak has a slight verse but hey with his verse nothing is that slight – B+

For All Our Days That Tear The Heart – Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler – Irish folk singer and Suede leader putting on his moribund Damon Albarn tux – C-

Born To Lose – Johnny Thunders – Thunders and the Heartbreakers were formed May 20th, 1977 so maybe this released to streaming live take is a wink to the world from the great beyond, a crap sound of course but even so – B+

You’re Phone’s off the Hook, But You’re Not – Kate Clover, Brandon Welchez – L.A. punk rock lover with a brilliant cover of the early X, a total blast – A-

Looking at Your Pager – KH – Four Tet with some hyperpop cleverness – B+

Heart Like A Truck – Lainey Wilson – plain as the truck on your face – C

Overthinking – Mabel, 24kGoldn – crap EDM: even 24Goldn can’t save it – C-

Bird Calling – Mark Ronson, Damon Albarn, Wale – it’s been a long time since “Toxic” and this profoundly iffy slice of Gorillaz like mix and match is carried by Wale and so if you aren’t crazy about Wale as a rapper or Damon Albarn as anything on the horrid chorus, you might not like Mark’s latest dog – D

Knife Fighter – Peter Matthew Baue – The Walkmen guy with a credible folk Americana track – B

Herd Culling – Single Edit – Porcupine Tree – classic rock psychedelia noise via the UK from a band first heard in 1987 – B

HOTEL LOBBY (Unc & Phew) – Quavo, Takeoff – what, no Offset? He stopped following his two (former?) (a)migos which should make an interesting gig at Gov Ball in mid June… this is Migos 101 so quite why they fucked over Overset is for wiser minds than mine, etc… – B

neverend – Purity Ring – pretty 00s style indie – B-

This Hell – Rina Sawayama – part of the brave new world of EDM as singer songwriter confessional clever clogs -the Britney Spears reference alone is worth your attention – B+

SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder – The UK’s Eurovision Song Contest competitor 2022. Suffice to say this isn’t Sandie Shaw’s “Puppet on a String” (1967), or Lulu’s “Boom Bang-a-Bang”, it is a piece of unholy low grade Ed Sheeran meets Elton John – MUST TO AVOID – E

Darlin’ – She & Him – inspired by the Eurovision Song Contests four way tie for first in 1969, here is my third of a FOUR way tie for last – MUST TO AVOID – E

(Herman’s) House – Special Interest – post-punk electronica via New Orleans – B

Sunburn – Sylvan Esso -bloopy pop electronica – C+

G.O.A.T. (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Bella Alubo) – The Notorious B.I.G. – Anything to celebrate the truly is G.O.A.T. Biggie Smalls is alright with me, and on May 21st he would have been 50 IF, and the celebrations will be all over NYC including a party at the Empire State Building, specialty MetroCards in Brooklyn only and Biggie music at the entrance to Barclay Center. All well and good but why on earth Biggie’s mama approved this godawful reworking of “Juicy” with alleged rapist Ty Dolla $ign I have no idea – Fourth of four – MUST TO AVOID – E

Two Timin’ – The Watson Twins, Butch Walker – Jenny Lewis’s pals with a hoedown, snappy , country slappy track of the first order and a nice self-reference in the title – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Only Attraction – The Wild Things, Pete Townshend – the UK rock band’s upcoming album will be produced by Pete Townshend and they are opening for the Who at MSG (Chicago got the Dirty Knobs), based upon this fine piece of rock antheming, they deserve it – B+

Summer Clothes – The Wonder Years – the Fountains Of Wayne’s of blah – D+

Hallucinate – Yours Truly, Josh Franceschi, You Me At Six – Unspeakable horribleness alt rock – D

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