Posts from 18th April 2002

Apr 02

THE WILDBUNCH – “Danger! High Voltage!”

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THE WILDBUNCH – “Danger! High Voltage!”

I think they think they’re joking, but they’re not. Maybe when they recorded the track – “Hey! Guys! Let’s do a disco song!” “A disco song?” “Yeah man why not?” – but when they played it back? Surely then they heard what I’m hearing, surely they looked at each other and grinned, surely they started to bump, twitch, whoop, surely the Wildbunch realised what they’d done.

A hit? Well, yeah, for starters. “Danger! High Voltage!” needs licensing to a sympathetic label which knows what it’s doing but still has the clout to sell a band big. Poptones, maybe. After all The Wildbunch have just accidentally turned into what the Hives dream of being – that tight, that naively electric, that European. They’re not naive or European – they’re know-it-alls from Detroit, but put the record on and you won’t believe that. This is West Germany, 1980 maybe, guitars are cheap and loud, and the bassline has to be disco because that’s what basslines are these days, and you’ve got a friend with a saxophone? Fuck it, let him on the record too. Sing in German? Don’t be stupid, we want people to buy this shit. No, English, and make the vocals big, big cat big, like a tiger, savage, glam it up! We want people to remember it, to sing the hook to each other in the clubs and on the bases, to laugh.

And they would have. And they will. “Danger! Danger! High voltage! When we touch! When we kiss!” – I’m not going to try and tell you how they sing it, how absurdly right it is. The singer I thought was a girl turns out to be Jack White Stripe, diving sideways into the best record he might ever make. Come to think of it, this is the best record the whole ‘new rock’ thing has thrown up so far, not because it’s not rock (it is), but because it’s not in awe of rock, or anything. You need to hear it, on your radios and in your charts. Someone make it happen.

102 Beats That

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102 Beats That: things get somewhat more left-field in part 2 of this six-part feature.

Of course another factor

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Of course another factor might be the possibiliy of there being no good pubs at all near Oval station. But this is what being an investigative publog journalist is all about (and indeed this house will be doubly blessed with Publog writers). The crucial first step is to work out which pubs people go after the cricket. And blacklist them.

The pub finder option on

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The pub finder option on Scoot however is good to give you an address of nearby pubs if you put in your postcode. It doesn’t tell you how good the pubs are – but then that might be asking a wee bit much.


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Fancyapint its been often derided around here but frankly it is the best starting point to find a pub in a part of London you don’t know all that well. So it may not be able to pinpoint somewhere by the street, but it can list a few pubs that may be close your nearest tube station. Unfortunately it does not quite do the required for you Tom, since it appears not to have Oval station in its remit. The search continues.

I don’t think this is quite what Tom was after

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I don’t think this is quite what Tom was after but it is of niche interest. This site has three criteria for recommending pubs and they all seem quite well thought through. It lists pubs

1) where the wines and beer are well kept
2) where you can eat well
3) where your well-behaved dog is welcome to be with you while you eat.

Not being the owner of a dog (or even a pub wolf), this is of limited value to me. Any dog-owning readers out there?

A question

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A question: where oh where on the great wide web is whatyoumightcall a local-finder service? I ask because I am moving house in a couple of weeks, to a location in South London, and one thing I’d like to know is – what good pubs are within strolling distance? Admittedly it would no doubt cost multimap a bomb and a half to include such a feature – you type in an address and you get a list of nearby pubs – but think of the benefits to humanity!

Former Take That star DJing in Skegness

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Former Take That star DJing in Skegness: cor look how the mighty have fallen etc. (It’s Howard, to save your finger energy). This of course is another reason why POP IS BEST – once its used up and worn out its stars it packs them off to utter anonymity, no more new projects, comebacks, hall of fame awards for them.