venerdì 29 maggio 2009

60ft Dolls "The Big 3"

Ed eccoli qui i miei cari 60Ft Dolls. Ho sempre amato questo gruppo. Mi piacevano le loro chitarre sparate, le loro melodie trascinanti, quella faccia da 3 ragazzi duri e tosti ma che in realtà avevano anche un cuore tenero. Insomma, questo disco me lo sono ascoltato per bene e anche adesso, almeno i singoli, fanno ancora avere un bel sussulto.
Sotto un pò di citazioni e recensioni del disco da Wikipedia e una recensione presa da internet, anche se il piatto forte sono le parole spietate di Super Piero Scaruffi, che ovviamente legna duro. (1996 Indolent)

Ps...curiosità, Richard Parfitt è anche lo scopritore di Duffy!!

"60 Ft Dolls e` il nome di un complesso gallese che suona hard-rock melodico con uno stile preso in prestito dai Jam (ovvero reminescente del rhythm and blues bianco degli anni '60). Il chitarrista Richard Parfitt guida il trio di numeri garage-punk che uscirono su singolo e che sono raccolti sull'altrimenti insipido The Big 3 (DGC, 1997): Happy Shopper, N.1 Pure Alcohol e Pig Valentine. Riffs che avete sentito centinaia di volte, ritornelli che sono tanto originali quanto una pizza margherita." (Piero Scaruffi)

".....This was followed by their debut album, The Big 3, which was called "[a]s close to soar-away rock perfection as it's possible to imagine" by the NME[ and "[p]ure, unadulterated, no nonsense, emotional, tuneful, impassioned, purposeful, hedonistic rock 'n' roll" by Melody Maker. The album was included in Mojo's 2003 retrospective feature "Top 12 Britpop albums of the 90s", which called it "a devilishly evocative document of the period"." (Wikipedia)

"The 60ft Dolls hail from Newport, Wales, and those of you familiar with the British music scene will already be aware of a small "Welsh invasion" of sorts taking place at the moment. Fortunately, the quality of the bands in question has been fairly fresh and original (to wit the Manics, Super Furry Animals, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci) when compared to the morass of usual Britpop suspects clogging the U-bend of the UK charts. Unfortunately, however, this has raised our expectations and set the 60ft Dolls up for an even bigger fall.

Not that the album doesn't begin promisingly enough. "Happy Shopper" shows that the Dolls have been doing their power-pop homework (i.e. listening to the Jam) and have a keen sense of observation when it comes to the drudgery of life in a backwater town, much in the spirit of Paul Weller or Bruce Springsteen, if not in the style. Plus they carry it across with enough verve to ensure that one day, you too will be screaming "Werraghappehsho-PAHZ!!!" in the shower.

The first crack in the Dolls' facade, though, comes with "Pig Valentine." That this was declared by the New York Times to be the 1995 single of the year only serves to underline the fact that New York's credibility disappeared up its own ass sometime in the early eighties. To put it bluntly, this is the sound of Petula Clark being shagged senseless by Green Day. In Hell.

It's at about this point that Springsteen makes a quick exit and is replaced in spirit by that other notable export from New Jersey. You know the one. The one whose name begins with "Bon" and ends with "Jovi." Oh, scoff as you will, just don't come crying to me when you listen to the Dolls rhyme "work it out" with "let it all hang out" or "sell your soul" with "let the good times roll" in the space of the same chorus during "Good Times." Or when, during the intro to "Streamlined," guitarist Richard Parfitt rips into a guitar solo so excruciatingly reminiscent of Gary Moore that you half expect them to be covering "Still Got the Blues for You."

Actually, I can't in all fairness pass the 60ft Dolls off as a cross between the Jam and Bon Jovi. No, there's some Aerosmith lurking in there as well. And in "Terminal Crash Fear," we get the Dolls' impression of what Bryan Adams thinks punk rock might sound like.

Listening to The Big 3, you get the impression that a well-meaning friend of the band told them that big hair and white leather rock 'n roll was on its way out and pointed them in the direction of a pile of Jam and Undertones albums. That is, too many influences from an earlier and best-forgotten time keep rising to the surface. With more than enough bands that can write note-perfect pop these days, the 60ft Dolls' expiry date seems fast approaching. One hopes that they might yet rise to the promise they show in "Happy Shopper" and prove me wrong." (Darren Gawle su

- New Loafers
- Talk To Me
- Stay
- Hair
- Happy Shopper
- One
- Good Times
- No 1 Pure Alcohol
- Streamlined
- Loser
- Pig Valentine
- Terminal Crash Fear
- Buzz


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