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May 05

Revolution Wah-Wah Style Now

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McCarthy – Get A Knife Between Your Teeth
Listening to political records this week made me think about this curio, one of McCarthy’s last singles and not included on their best-of compilation. It’s actually my favourite record by them, a very awkward attempt by the country’s foremost forthright left-wing indie band to come to terms with ‘baggy’. In practise this meant an angry wah-wah riff and the band trying to sound a bit tough. “You must get a knife between your teeth!” they snarl like chinchillas. I was 17 and everything indie-dance sounded great to me: fifteen years on this ranks as a mismatch, perhaps even an error, but a charming one.

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