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Reviewed on 11th May 2004.



By The Hair

The Hair are foot soldiers in the great army of rock and roll. They play bluesy soulful rock, with some keyboard frills. They are destined to dream of finding the audience that share their passion for standard formats and honest delivery.

Let's not forget that playing rock and roll is not difficult. It's good to have a strong-voiced singer who stays in tune, and Sam Robson does that with style. But well-practised funky four four on standard chords is not a great achievement any more. It just sounds dull. It's a dried-up format, and only the Gods and the totally wired can squeeze any more out of its weary body. As the demo takes up my roomspace I look wistfully at the hundreds of original and special things that I could be listening to instead. Look, there's Border Crossing's album. There's an old Colourblind James Experience vinyl that I just got given. There's Chicken Legs Weaver, there's John Lee Hooker. There's Bonnie "Prince" Billy's Greatest Palace Music album.

It's not The Hair's fault. There's nothing wrong with their stuff at all. It's just that this is 2004 and we have ladlefuls of musical riches that makes 20 minutes of pie and mash look very dull. To make any kind of impact at all you've got to have something that at least some people are hungry to hear. I just can't think of anybody who I could tell confidently "You must go and see the Hair, their CD is special". I can honestly say that they play well and than Sam Robson's a good singer. I would recommend any local promoter to have them open up on the right kind of MOR rock night. Beyond that, I can't see any future for this kind of self-penned ordinariness. It's not meant as a dig at all, but on the evidence of this CD The Hair would make a much bettter covers band. The extra zing that comes from great songs would make their musical talent worthwhile.



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On 11th May 2004 at 13:25 Anonymous 904 wrote...

I think this is the same CD I got given from a freind. It should be cut down to just the first three songs. Track four onwards ain't good enough to be on there.

However, Sexual Chocolate(Track 1) I think is fantastic!! Very Happy Mondays!!!

Is it the same CD Sam?


On 11th May 2004 at 15:59 Anonymous 2539 wrote...

I get the feeling the one you had we recorded last summer. we kept track one and put it on the end of this demo (which has re-recordings of tracks 2 and 3)...the other 4 which are on your cd are individual mess-arounds and are TOTALLY rubbish! I can get our new demo to you if you email me your address through a private message, or if you come to one of our gigs (see the website). WE GOT TOTALLY SLATED ON THIS REVIEW! Everyone to their own I guess, I don't know how much our pretentious biog influenced the review (I made us sound like cocks) but I was a bit disappointed the review didn't concentrate on what the music is...blatant pop. The idea of getting reviewed by LMS was no means to an end so I'm happy there has been an opinion expressed even if it is an opinion of dislike.
Has anyone seen the Hair live?


On 11th May 2004 at 20:40 Anonymous 13 wrote...

Just get on with it. I always thought Oasis and Nirvana were boring, so what do I know? I'm curious about how you think it's "blatant pop". Compared to who? Which pop acts are doing stuff like this?


On 12th May 2004 at 23:31 Anonymous 2539 wrote...

yeah you're right. It's not really pop...I think I meant generally "conventional". I think there are points of the music that step away from the more obvious blueprints of the genre, but I am a person who has mulled over "the sound" a lot and picked up various modes of sub-conscious spin along the way!
I will get on with it (I'm reeling in the dummy right now), and I don't like nirvana either. I'll stick to one forum from now on too.


On 25th May 2004 at 23:53 Anonymous 2539 wrote...

jesus...I'd just got over it until I saw you gave the stereophonics one more star than us! how upsetting!



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