Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Credit Crunch Bossa
They might not thank me for saying so, but Dubstar were a sort of Saint Etienne from Newcastle, who dented the Top Twenty a couple of times in the mid-late 90s with the singles 'Stars' and 'Not So Manic Now'.
Like Saint Etienne, they seemed as in love with 60s kitsch and kitchen-sink realism as they were with contemporary electronica, and had a founder band member (Steve Hillier) who worked for a while as a journeyman hack.
I really like this take on an old Astrud Gilberto song they shoved onto the 2nd of two CD-singles of 'Manic'.
It's very looking-out-of-high-rise-windows-on-a-rainy-October-afternoon; credit crunch bossa.
Is anyone putting the kettle on?
Dubstar - 'A Certain Sadness' (1995)
PS: 'Currently working on a new album', and on Facebook and everything.