Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review- The Go/ Singles, Jingles & EPs

The Go/ Singles, Jingles & EPs (compilation, 2013)
This is a compilation of odds and ends, B-sides, and EPs. There are several songs where you scratch your head and wonder why they were relegated to B-side status. Get Me Free, Maribel, and especially Scenic Railway fit this bill. The latter is the most interesting song on this album. I had never heard it before. The song is pure jazz but sang in French. What made The Go write such a song, and why was it buried? It gets my wife's vote for favorite song as well.
Some of these songs are excursions into the bizarre, such as the Christmas song, Christmas on the Moon. Their children's songs 7”, Knock Knock Banana and Pin The Tail on the Donkey, left me speechless. I have no idea what to make of them. Other oddities include six songs written for a cartoon. Yes, a cartoon. Those were shelved until now. It should be noted that The Go's lesser songs are still better than many band's best songs.
This is not a proper album, and it doesn't flow like an album. It's a chronological collection of B-sides, singles, EPs, and a few unreleased songs from the past decade or so. It is currently only available in the mp3 format here.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4 out of 5.

4 comments:

  1. 'Scenic Railway' (B-side from 'Howl on the haunted beat you ride' 7") is a cover of Serge Gainsbourg's song of the same name, hence the french lyrics and jazzy tempo.

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  2. MC5 killed me twiceApril 4, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Maribel is the greatest tune of all times !

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  3. I have never heard it before but now going to download my own album and i hope it will be as good as you are suggesting.

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