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Dead Man's Shoes by The Virginmarys

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Reviewed on 18th October 2012.


Dead Man's Shoes

By The Virginmarys

Listen closely. Listen very closely. I have been for the best part of the last 20 fucking minutes trying to work out exactly what this twatting riff sounds like.

Finally, I've got it. 99 Red Balloons. Jesus H.

Dum, dum, dum, dum.. dum dum dum. Enough mockery. This is about as generic as rock and roll can get. If the system ain't broken, don't fix it right? Maybe we should try another piece of wisdom... if the system sounds like Jet, rip it up and start again. The single lurches from riff to chorus, to breakdown, to riff, to end etc etc and clocks on at exactly 3 and a half minutes. It couldn't be any more generic if it was a Liberal Democrat on Clapham Common at 4am.

Then a little angel landed on my shoulder and asked if this really was a problem. "People will dance to it", she said. "People will sing along to it", she said. "Why are you so existentially miserable?", she asked. And Christ, was she right?? I smashed the CD back in and began to move to the furious and frenetic beat, fist pumping every chorus like it was my last day on Earth before collapsing on the floor in a pool of my own sweat. Well, the song is about "knowing what you do is damaging but doing it anyway", so why not? This song could be damaging to the very integrity of rock and roll. But at the end of the day, we bone-idley pigeonhole everything because it makes our lives a hell of a lot easier. And here the Virginmarys have made my life a hell of a lot easier.

Saying that, I'm still confused. I have absolutely no idea whether I love or hate this song. But it certainly isn't shit. Thus, I'm giving it a Michael Carrick.



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On 11th November 2012 at 23:44 Anonymous 42700 wrote...

The Virginmarys rock!! You can get free tracks from their upcoming album here: http://bit.ly/QEkKbt


On 11th November 2012 at 23:51 Anonymous 42701 wrote...

Check out their Spotify playlist here! http://spoti.fi/QTr8K6


On 12th November 2012 at 00:43 Anonymous 42701 wrote...

Check out their EP on Spotify here! http://bit.ly/QEkKbt



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