Saturday, November 21, 2009

Noughties By Nature #83: Helen Love - Debbie Loves Joey

Musically, this is exactly the same as Helen Love’s previous Radio Hits, Shifty Disco Girl, Does Your Heart Go Boom and the Peel favourite Girl About Town. And, like most other Helen Love songs, it mentions The Ramones, discos, beaches, and a story about a boy and girl in love.

But Debbie Loves Joey is a culmination of everything that is really quite good about Helen Love’s other songs, and cutting and pasting them all together creates an almighty pop explosion of bubblegum-punk-pop brilliance. It’s the eternal boy-meets-girl love song, but with wit and candour and a lived-in realism : "Special Vat in the Park"; "D’ya like the Sex Pistols, have you got a light?"

If this song hadn’t been a free download, and then released on an import 6-track EP, then it really would’ve actually charted. But after a long hiatus from the UK Music Scene, Helen Love came back with a bang, a much-needed breath of fresh Swansea Bay air.
Mark Price

[Album: It's My Club And I'll Play What I Want To]

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