venerdì 28 gennaio 2011

Hefner "We Love The City"



Piano piano arriverò a mettere sul blog tutta la discografia di questo grande gruppo....come sempre tutto fila alla perfezione! (2000 Too Pure)

L'uscita di "We love the city", avvenuta più o meno nello stesso periodo del live degli Oasis, mi rende molto contento, specialmente per due motivi.
Il primo è che gli Hefner si confermano come una realtà molto interessante nell'odierno panorama pop inglese, piuttosto avaro di novità eclatanti, da qualche tempo a questa parte. Il secondo motivo è strettamente legato al primo e lo potrei intitolare "Cediamo Il Passo Alle Nuove Leve".
E' impossibile non notare la differenza di freschezza e di spunti tra un disco come "We love the city" e la celebrazione elefantiaca di "Familiar to millions".
L'album degli Hefner, guidati dal brillante leader Darren Hayman, è scoppiettante, incisivo, pieno di idee, irriverente, in una magica parola, vivo.
Se il fenomeno brit-pop non fosse stato già archiviato in una qualche cantina di una "Country house", verrebbe da proclamare questo complesso londinese tra i leaders del movimento, assieme a Blur, Supergrass e Pulp.
A proposito di questi ultimi, lo stile della band e la voce del cantante sembrano essere in debito di parecchie sterline con quell'adorabile/insopportabile dandy chiamato Jarvis Cocker.
Le canzoni di Hayman sono generalmente positive, sempre però con quel filo di cinismo che distingue un gruppo londinese dal resto del mondo.
Ascoltate "The day that Thatcher dies", perfetto esempio di quanto appena detto ed una delle tracce migliori, insieme alle fulminanti "We love the city" (London, of course!), "The greedy ugly people", "Good fruit", "Painting and kissing" e "The greater London Radio". Bello e lieve; lieve è bello. (Max Cavassa - http://www.kalporz.com/)

We Love The City (Too Pure, 2000) e’ un concept album dedicato alla citta’ di Londra. Il tema della vita urbana(nel bene e nel male) pervade all’interno di canzonette come We Love The City, The Great London Radio, The Greedy Ugly People, Good Fruit, che si destreggiano tra i primi Kinks e gli ultimi Beach Boys.
Tuttavia la musica tende ad essere melodica, a spese della eccentricita’ rurale degli inizi. (Piero Scaruffi - http://www.scaruffi.com/)

They don't, you know. They positively hate the city, the city in question being London. But this is a fun album, from start to finish, even if one of the songs is called The Day That Thatcher Dies and has children singing "Ding dong, the witch is dead, which old witch, the wicked witch."
Sorry, let me start again... Hefner are a band whose songs are pitched somewhere between Blur and Levellers; the former's off-the-wall guitars and the latter's vocals. Which means they're a bit artsy, a bit political, a bit of everything really.
They've even got opinions on London Transport; "This is London/not Antarctica/so why don't the tubes run all night?" With an opening gambit like that, it is difficult for any Londoner to do anything other than appreciate this band.
The title, We Love The City, is quite obviously ironic in the best traditions of Levellers' sledgehammer wit, but the message is definitely relayed - Darren Hayman and his chums are a tad pissed off and they'd quite like you, the listener, to sympathise.
Should you happen to be in a beer hall (say, one of the larger Firkin pubs, for example) the riotous nature of some of the tracks could make you wonder if you should vacate the premises - She Can't Sleep No More builds and builds until it sounds like half of London are either singing or playing.
The aforementioned The Day That Thatcher Dies is an attempt at subterfuge but is so blatant as to be comical, adding to the fun feel of this album.
You quite often got that with The Levellers - they'd be singing about politics and battles in beanfields and police brutality, but their music would be jigging.
I don't see Hefner getting to be as unfashionable as Levellers but they must be aware that the comparisons are already out there in the meeja.
They must also know that if they hate London as much as this record suggests, there is a big wide world out there in which to live. What's Antarctica like this time of year? (Michael Hubbard - http://www.musicomh.com/)


- We love the city
- The greedy ugly people
- Good fruit
- Painting and kissing
- Hold me closer
- Don't go
- The greater London Radio
- As soon as you're ready
- She can't sleep no more
- The cure for evil
- The day that Thatcher dies
- Your head to your toes


HEFNER

3 commenti:

  1. Great blog... very inspiring!

    While browsing, I noticed you used to have a rapidshare link for Baader Meinhof that I've been looking for FOREVER... but the link is not working :(

    Please upload again!

    That is the post I am talking about:
    http://issebono.blogspot.com/2009/09/baader-meinhof-baader-meinhof.html

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  2. Hi, many thanx for the alert!
    These days I try to fix it!
    Ciao. Ricky

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