83. ‘Never Forget You’ by Noisettes (2009)

Noisettes need to hire a better photographer.

Post-Winehouse, probably around the time that Girls Aloud released ‘The Promise’ and Sharleen Spiteri started  sampling The Shangri-Las to desperately banal effect, I figured: ‘ENOUGH WITH THE 60s GIRL GROUP PASTICHES ALREADY!!!’  Which is frankly a sentiment I never thought I’d be expressing, considering I want the world to constantly sound like a Phil Spector production. But, despite my weariness, along came this little song by a band I’d previously angrily dismissed (thanks to that godawful, hollow contraption about not upsetting the rhythm) and it somehow managed to not come across like cynical bandwagon-hopping.  So how did they do it? Well, it’s irresistably lovely for one thing – the swooning production, the playful but poignant lyrics – and Shingai’s vocals (which had been a major point of contention for me in their previous output) find a Ronnie Spector earthiness which proves that it takes more to do the 60s thang than a lot of hairspray, a shimmery dress and a half-arsed dance routine. 

Bonus points:  
I often unwittingly pronounce their name “Nwasettes”, like a Frenchman.


One Response to “83. ‘Never Forget You’ by Noisettes (2009)”

  1. Andrew Oakes Says:

    Don’t Upset The Rhythm is brilliant! I was torn between putting in my list or this one, which is also excellent. The album is much more like Never Forget You though, and it’s very good. They also have a brilliant lead singer with the best name ever!

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