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Reviewed on 3rd August 2006.

 
 

Baggage

By The Scaramanga Six

Baggage is unfortunately in possession of the dodgiest 5 second intro in music history and you generally have to stick to the rule that anything which reminds you instantly of The Darkness can not be a good thing. Luckily Baggage manages to claw back a little pseudo cool almost instantly with some low and dirty guitar riffs (invaded by seemingly pointless and annoying violins - why?) but I can't help feeling that the damage is already done. However when said guitar riffs are then coupled with piano chords that brought images of The Rocky Horror Show bouncing and mincing into my head I started thinking that this is perhaps a band that don't take themselves too seriously. At least I sincerely hope not as the lyrics are crap and I don't think I'm being too harsh. For instance "I'm a total package and ya gonna have to handle with care"? They surely must be joking. The rest of the lyrics aren't quite as cheesy (not quite - they can but try) and don't sit comfortably on the tongue. The melody and arrangement often seems shambolic and the song doesn't really gel all of its influences together. Having said that Baggage is quite a lot of fun and I'd be surprised (and marginally disappointed) if you don't hear at least once down the indie disco.

However what is really disappointing is that it isn't the B side Vesuvius that takes precedence. Again the band show their aptitude for producing insanely inappropriate intros although this one lasts for 1 minute and 18 seconds for Pete's sake. If I hadn't been reviewing it I would have skipped immediately out of shear embarrassment that one of the neighbours might hear it and start steering their children away from me as only a crazy person would subject themselves to such boring musical nonsense. But thank god I didn't as Vesuvius turned out to be bit of a stomping little gem of a rock song. My number one reason for praising a song is can I: A) bear to listen to it alone, or B) imagine myself jumping up and down to it at the front of a gig? B. Pompous, raucous, thrashy, shouty quality rock song. It won't win itself an Ivor Novello (but who the fuck wants one since the Spice Girls won one anyway) but its kind of dramatic and nonsensical way that is totally British and entirely charming. I loved it. Kind of the musical incarnation of Russell Brand's humour. Is the frontman wearing leopard print tights? And if not why not?

 

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On 3rd August 2006 at 23:31 Anonymous 3468 wrote...

Wow... The Darkness and Russell Brand. I'd recommend going to see The Scaramanga Six live at once in order to purge your mind of these fairly alarming comparisons!

 

On 4th August 2006 at 09:14 Anonymous 30 wrote...

"It won't win itself an Ivor Novello (but who the fuck wants one since the Spice Girls won one anyway)"...what??? Who was that character in Viz that just talked about totally unrelated nonsense?

 

On 4th August 2006 at 11:38 Anonymous 332 wrote...

Hey, good to see that we still have the power to divide opinion - even when it is one person in one review!

Make your own mind up by listening here: www.myspace.com/thescaramangasix or check out this alternative opinion here: http://www.coolnoise.co.uk/scaramanga-six.htm

 

On 4th August 2006 at 12:34 Anonymous 238 wrote...

Not too sure about that review, but I've just had a listen on myspace and it's frikking fantastic stuff!

The 6 are still at the top of their game...in fact they're the only ones in their game. ACE.

You are nice people giving us full previews of A&B sides 1 month prior to release. You sexy bastards.

 

On 4th August 2006 at 13:28 Dave LMS wrote...

I think the review bounces along nicely (I enjoyed reading it) with enough of the positives and enough of the negatives to conclude an honest opinion has been delivered.

What I mean is, it reads like the writer actually spent time listening to the single- and sometimes you don't get that impression from reviews, so it's good.

I particularly liked: "Is the frontman wearing leopard print tights?" Well, I see you've not answered?

 

On 4th August 2006 at 13:28 Dave LMS wrote...

I hit submit a little too quickly, just before I was about to mention pure white suits in muddy fields... damn!

 

On 4th August 2006 at 13:43 Anonymous 332 wrote...

Wotcher Dave,

It's always really interesting to see how people take to what we do - the cutural references are always different. In fact, these references seem to come and go as the years do.

I do honestly think this is a well-written, well-considered review (so cheers for that Suzie). I'm not levelling any criticism at her at all - each to their own opinion I say.

I also am aware that we are not everyone's cup of tea. We do what we do and enjoy every minute of it! Onward and upward.

 

On 4th August 2006 at 13:47 Anonymous 332 wrote...

PS - on the leopard print tights thing: Well, it's hard for the untrained eye to tell whether we are or not under the neatly-pressed trousers. Might get a little hot though in this weather.

 

On 4th August 2006 at 13:51 Dave LMS wrote...

... and what about an answer to the question regarding leopard print tights? Eh? Eh? Hehehe.

To those honoured with "Best Dressed At Truck Festival" I think this question is most applicable

 

On 4th August 2006 at 13:52 Dave LMS wrote...

I'm not on form today am I, you got in just before me and answered the question before I (re)asked it.

I officially retire.

 

On 4th August 2006 at 14:30 Anonymous 4205 wrote...

Yay!! Party at mine.

 
 
 

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