from manchester with love…


“trying to get your attention all night long
asked you once, i asked you twice, asked you four times
if you’d like to dance to that song from (?)
down the stairs and then i followed you out in the rain
nowhere to be found, never mind
you’ll probably never look that pretty again”


If you need to know anything about your faithful reporter, dear friends, then simply know that I, Billy Suede, am a remorseless Anglophile. If I could have been born and placed sometime in the late 1950s-ealy 1960s in Manchester, England, it would make me a very happy boy. To have been able to be around at a time where so many legendary bands came out of the woodwork would have been nothing short of astonishing. I mean, think about it. Manchester, an industrial powerhouse during the Industrial Revolution only to later be ravaged by the Luftwaffe bombings in WWII. That history, it’s been said, shaped the sound of so many bands that would call Manchester home. From The Smiths, Joy Division & The Buzzcocks to The Fall, Scritti Politti & New Order to the Happy Mopndays, the Stone Roses & The Charlatans. So many bands in between and today Manchester still hasn’t stopped with the quality acts. Elbow, Doves, The Chemical Brothers…and now The Courteneers. 

The Courteeners bring a smile to my face not only because their music is ace. They are also huge Smiths fans! A definite plus in my book! The music is anthemic yet substantive. The lyrics are world-weary and melancholy but still brimming with a wink of self-awareness. Very Doves-like, in my estimation especially in the vocals where Liam Fray sounds an awful lot like Jimi Goodwin in his tone.  Not Nineteen Forever is the single featured here and is the second single taken from their debut record St. Jude which was released in the UK back in April and it’s a crying shame they’ve not been picked up in the US yet. They’re opening for the almighty Morrissey for his US tour so it’s an imperative in our endless quest to save the world from Britney Spears, Lil Wayne and Nickelback to make sure good tunes become the norm in the US. Bring the Courteneers hither!


Just to further emphasize my point. This is a new single which will appear on their forthcoming second record called That Kiss.



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