Popsong - Orphan Boy Single Review

Orphan Boy - Photo: Roger Sargent
Orphan Boy
Photo: Roger Sargent

Single Review

Following on from EMI by Sex Pistols and Liarbird by XTC, is Pop Song from Orphan Boy, a vitriolic tale about being spun around by record-company marketing executives, having your trousers wrenched down by a slavering money-making greed-bag and being royally rogered out of your mind with a contract in one hand and a biro in the other. Welcome to the bitter world of Cleepthorpes Orphan Boy and rather good it is too.

Taken from the new album Passion, Pain and Loyalty, the immediate comparison vocally is Tim Booth (James), which is no bad thing. Lyrically, theyre not too far away either and musically they cover most indie-rock bases with a catchy hook and that all-bruising tale of standing on a balcony sharing a menthol cigarette and an exec who licked his lips when he lied and who wrote a press-release for Wet Wet Wet. I take it that Concrete is a nicer prospect than the majors then.

Anyway, its a vibrant song that has served its purpose I now want to hear the album. For that, it earns 4 out of 5. Promising stuff indeed.

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