55. ‘Entertain’ by Sleater-Kinney (2005)

I miss Sleater-Kinney.  It’s a neat trick to be consistently tearing the world a new one and spitting on human weakness in disgust, yet make it sound so irresistible.  Obviously, I’m on board with them a lot of the time, but I can also often be guilty of what they’re ferociously denouncing.  Such is the case with ‘Entertain’; me being something of an out-and-proud sucker for crap reality TV, I can hardly pretend to not be part of the problem that Carrie and Corin are howling about here.

So what saves Sleater-Kinney from sounding like a bunch of self-righteous, no-fun grouches (aside from the fact that they’re completely on the money?)  Well, for starters, there’s no sanctimony here – it’s genuine anger; the band exist not to lecture, but to liberate themselves.  Despite their targets here being pretty damn easy ones, lyrically the band avoids both cliché and cheap leering.  Mostly though, it’s because their disapproval is so well-mounted, with those explosively intertwining, whip-cracking vocals galvanised by some unruly guitarwork and the reliable vehemence of Janet Weiss’  drums.

In short: COME BACK, GIRLS. WE NEED YOU.

Bonus points: Despite their protestations, I still reckon they’d enjoy a good Coach Trip marathon now and again.

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