Welcome to the second instalment of the series in which I let my daughter review some records. I say review, what she normally does is critique an entire bands career more accurately in a sentence lasting about six words than I can in several hundred. I took my own advice and created a small playlist of songs that I really like and suspect that she might not care for so much. Before we start we write down three questions which we have to fill in as the songs plays they are: –
1) Do You Like the Song?
2) What Mark do you give it out of Ten?
3) Anything Else you want to say about it.
So without further ado, lets start here.
Classic Self Doubt – OhBoy! (2015, Alcopop Records)
OhBoy! who were an indie pop band from Northamptonshire who released a series of decent records between 2013 and 2017. They split up in 2017 because they couldn’t finish an album. I tell my daughter my answer to question one, which is, that I think ‘Classic Self Doubt’ is an excellent four minutes of indie pop.
My daughter is less impressed and screws her nose up and tells me that “I don’t like his voice”, apparently “Its too whiny and shouty. I do like the drumming though”. She gives it 5 out of ten, (just for the drumming) which makes it for the time being at least the joint highest scoring song ever on Kids, Eh. She quickly adds that she doesn’t know why “he is singing about tomatoes”.
I look at her and say I didn’t hear anything about tomatoes. This is because I apparently ‘am not listening properly’
How Did This Happen? – Bodega (2018, What’s Your Rupture Records)
Bodega are, it says here, an American punk band from New York. I don’t think they are a punk band, more a post punk art rock band. I try to explain to my daughter what that means exactly, but I’m not sure I understand it myself. Anyway, she likes this because she asked if we can play it again when it finished.
I peak over her shoulder and she has written 7 on the piece of paper, which is crossed out and replaced with an ‘8’, a score that is unheard of on Kids, Eh!. “This is really good, its very bouncy and I like that it has more than one person singing on it, because the man is a bit rubbish, also its good because it mentions toucans and I wrote a poem about them the other day at school, we also never found out what did happen”. I’m not sure it does mention toucans I say and then she sings the chorus.
“Toucan on one shoulder…” long pause…”….Cheese Burger Sauce on the other….” And then she descends into giggles.
Turns out she is right about me not listening properly.
Sleep Forever – Crocodiles (2010, Fat Possum Records)
“Why would they want to sleep forever, they’ll miss the new series of Mallory Towers?” Is the question that meets this introduction of this song. I nod my head and agree, it would be a bit daft, I say. Crocodiles are a Jesus and Mary Chain obsessed shoegaze band from San Diego (“Like Carmen” my daughter chips in homage to the baddie bashing superhero Carmen SanDiego) who make droney space rock in the desert. ‘Sleep Forever’ was the first single from their second album, which is also called ‘Sleep Forever’, to which my daughter asks “Did they run out of names?”. This is not going well for Crocodiles.
“Its too moany and I can’t hear what he is singing” she grumbles crossly. “Is he being all lovey dovey, she’ll never fall in love with him if he just whispers all the time” she reasons rather more sensibly than other more experienced agony aunts would. She writes a four next to the song in her pad and tells me to write that a band called Crocodiles, should at least sing about crocodiles.
All of which perfect sense making means that Bodega are this weeks champions.