So much for the break from the post-punk revival ghetto, then, as the Futureheads' Skip To The End seems to have gone politely ignored by the nation's mainstream radio. It's the track on News And Tributes that most resembles the debut's breaks for the border while still seperate enough from that template to resemble actual progress, but if the kids want their Boy Kill Boy, that's what they shall have. Similarly the Mystery Jets can only have re-released You Can't Fool Me Dennis with promises of airplay ringing in their ears, but no such luck. There's plenty about that Jo Whiley wouldn't touch with a bargepole, luckily, chiefly Midlake's superbly understated Young Bride, the Spinto Band's edging further into the section though roped off when Pavement split on Did I Tell You and Domino underdogs the Archie Bronson Outfit's 7" only slab of swamp punk Dead Funny.
Firstly, discerning reader, ignore The Bands 06 (yeah, we know we've linked to a site you can buy it from, but you know what we mean) because while most 'indie' cash-in compilations at least leaven the tone with quite a few bands the ABC1 punters won't have heard of, the closest this comes is the rubbish Union Of Knives and pop manque Hot Chip, whose own delivery of nuts white boy funk The Warning is also on shelves. Shooting At Unarmed Men may be on indefinate hiatus as Jon Chapple buggers off to Australia but the excellently titled Yes! Tinnitus is a good enough valediction of his post-McLusky sludge hardcore direction. He's still got the knack of song titles, though, as on Pathos Ate Bathos, Put Yourself On The Proverbial and In Flight Instructions Are A Joke Say I. On the other side of the coin come Tunng, out of time freak-folk for the post-electronicas and a title to match the musical surroundings, Comments Of The Inner Chorus. Actual compilation of the week? John Peel And Sheila: The Pig's Big 78s: A Beginner's Guide, a collection from the latterday regular feature apparently in the works well before John's passing and proof if it be needed that music was always weirder long ago.
New horizons in sound now, as Roger plays a solo on the electric shirt collar. In January the surviving Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band members celebrated forty years since their first release with a reunion one-off at the London Astoria, fans Stephen Fry, Adrian Edmondson, Phill Jupitus and Paul Merton pitching up to fill in for the long missed Vivian Stanshall. Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: 40th Anniversary Celebrations keeps it for posterity.