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Old 19th Jul 2006, 2:26   #1
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What will it be?

I have an outside tip on Automatics 'Is It A Monster?'

Live, it is ruined because for some reason the keyboard guy does the backing vocals and screeches like, er, remember 'Screech'? Annoying to the core. But after catching it live (and despite that, liking the basic song) I was delighted to hear the final mix in which the screeching is largely mixed out. What we are left with is the most simple of good time songs. It's upbeat (like Hard Fi's 'Tied Up To Tight'), energetic, catchy and it sounds like they had fun.

I have this wierd vision of a 'Smashy and Nicey' link;

Nicey; "So what was that then mate? Coming over the hill?"
Smashy "It was a monster, mate; make no mistake. That was Automatics. Now here's some Bachman Turner Overdrive.."
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Old 19th Jul 2006, 8:14   #2
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When I was at T In The Park earlier this month that was the song that people were singing whilst just walking about in drunken states. The tent to see The Automatics, probably for that one song, was packed and they had to bring it to a one in, one out system.
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I think that Pull Shapes by The Pippettes could do quite well too - it is very catchy. If I happen to hear it in the morning I will be hearing bits of it in my head all day

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mmmm... pipettes...
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I keep on missing the Pipettes when they visit Glasgow. Next time...
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Hasn't Monster pretty much been and gone though? I have no idea where it is in the charts (if anywhere) but it's been on the radio for the last two or three months. Enough already!

As with Lily Allen, who probably has an equal chance of being the purveyor of This Summer's Song. Likeable but an incredibly annoying voice.

Oh, speaking of Monster, I can never hear it without remembering Sara Cox's listener who texted in to say that their mother thought the song went like this:

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What's that coming over the hill?
Is it a foxglove?
Is it a foxglove?
This reduces me to giggles every time I hear the song as a result. Mums, eh? Bless 'em.
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As with Lily Allen, who probably has an equal chance of being the purveyor of This Summer's Song. Likeable but an incredibly annoying voice.
I must say, I really like that album despite the occasional dodgy rhyme amongst the lyrics or the occasional hyperbolic spin on teen life. It's shot through with ripples of light ska, some great tunes on top, and the tracks all different enough to be memorable.
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'Is It A Monster?' has been around for some time. But it seems to be the new way; I Predict a Riot must be in it's 3rd year, Hi Fi have at least 2 years out of their tracks but I think it's whatever ends up as the festival season sing-along that bursts back into the public conciousness.
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