The Chalets – Check In

The Chalets Check In

Just this morning, I got The Chalets debut album in the post. I would tell you more about the band but their site suffers from the cancer known as Flash and there’s no non-Flash version. Sort it out, eh, you non-web-standard, zero-disability-access buggers.

(and relax…)

Back to the actual music

This is a genuinely wonderful pop album. It’s a fizzy trifle with a pork pie heart. It’s sitting in an Escort outside your ex-girlfriend’s house, waiting for her new boyfriend to leave. It’s a bunny with a knife and a grudge. Listening to it, I’m taken way back to the B-52s‘ woefully neglected ‘Whammy!’ and slightly-less-far-back to Bis at their moptop cutest.

The interplay between the female and male vocals is flawless and superbly arranged. If you’re a pop harmony fan, you’ll love The Chalets. If you like intelligible pop, you’ll love The Chalets. The songs are artfully simple but have fathoms more meaning than yer average mascared corporate emo band, shouting about nowt.

Top tracks so far: ‘No Style,’ ‘Feel The Machine’ and ‘Two Chord Song.’ The last is particularly sarky and lyrically silly, something that’s so refreshing to hear in these days of tortured poetry about the difficulty of getting black hair dye out of your Mum’s towels.

If The Chalets were a film, they’d be ‘Gregory’s Girl.’ They’re real. That may sound like a strange thing to say about such a glam, image-conscious band but The Chalets sing about everyday life, real things and real people. How can you not like a band who have the lyric:

If it had been the ’80s, we’d have been on The Tube

Above all, like Altered Images, B-52s, Bis, Orange Juice and other bands who, at the time, were derided for not being po-faced rockers, The Chalets are serious about having fun. They want to make you dance and sing and think.

Buy this album if you like any of the bands listed above. Don’t buy this album if you think that blokes complaining over heavy guitars is the definition of “serious.”

Ricky Wilson died twenty years ago today. Gone, but not forgotten.

Bless Playlist 11/10/05

Reef The Lost Cauze
Reef The Lost Cauze

Tonight’s bestest new track was the sublime ‘Give It Up’ by Reef The Lost Cauze. 2005 has definitely been a year of amazing new hip hop albums and Reef’s entry, ‘Feast Or Famine’ is up there in my top ten. His flow is matched only by the sagacity and humour of his lyrics. Quality hip hop.

Bubble Puppy
Bubble Puppy

What can I say about the dudes above apart from THEY ROCK! Bubble Puppy’s ‘Elizabeth’ was the best old track tonight. It’s a marvellous late-psych / proto-prog pop song full of stupid twiddly bits and an intense guitar riff. It’s so unlike any rock that’s around now that it acted like an aural exorcism…mmmm….

Tonight, you heard:

Modey Lemon – Sleepwalkers
Roddny Dangrr Fild – Experience God
Delia Derbyshire – Door To Door
Spearmint – The Flaming Lips
Digitalism – Zdarlight
Propagandhi – Die Jugend Marschiert
Blackalicious – Excellent
Ladytron – Sugar
Imitation Electric Piano – Theme For An Imitation Electric Piano
Deerhoof – Vivid Cheek Love Song
Yesterday’s New Quintet – Dice Game
The Shins – Turn A Square
Aceyalone – Doin’ My Job
Max Tundra – Hilted
Limblifter – Fiercely Co-Dependent
Ochre – Rem Sleep Research
Refree – La Invasión De Los Cuerpos
Bear Vs. Shark – Seven Stop Hold Restart
Reef The Lost Cauze – Give It Up
Khonnor – A Little Secret
Le Tigre – Bang! Bang!
Riddle Of Steel – Baby Bird
Venetian Snares – Masodik Galamb
The Chalets – No Style
The Blow – Pile Of Gold
Fugazi – Exit Only
Blockhead – Carnivores Unite
Jamie Lidell – Multiply
Art Brut – Good Weekend
Cyne – Automaton
Adam Green – Chubby Princess
Vince Guaraldi Trio – Schroeder Piano
Black Lipstick – Viva Max
Like A Tim – Lets Die Together
Wintersleep – Jaws Of Life
The Roots – Set Em On Fire
Bubble Puppy – Elizabeth
Touane – Backward Is Forward
Broken Social Scene – Major Label Debut (Fast)
Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour
Rufus Wainwright – Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk
Loudon Wainwright III – A Father And A Son