LUMIDEE – “Never Leave You (Uh-Oh)”

People’s antipathy towards this track puzzles me, but then again I can’t think of a more divisive R&B track in recent memory. You either “get it” or you don’t. NYLPM contributor Andy K pointed out that this track sounds just like the Young Marble Giants winsome-yet-eerie proto-tweepop. In his epic post-punk overview, Simon Reynolds sez:

And Young Marble Giants’s Stuart Moxham once retaliated to a heckler’s demand to “play rock ‘n’roll” by regurgitating a Berry riff smack dab in the middle of one of YMG’s ultra-quiet tunes, then shouting “Look, anyone can do that. They’re doing it all over town. But we want to do this.”

For “Chuck Berry”, read “Mariah Carey.” And for “riff”, read “run.”