Thursday, 27 May 2021

You can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear...

Lipstick is a piece of generic pop pap that Jedward sang to represent Ireland in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. They came eighth with it, the sort of dizzying success that UK entrants can only dream of these days. But still, Jedward and Eurovision: hardly a ringing endorsement, right? I'm not going to embed it, on principle, but if you must watch the twins' ESC performance, knock yourself out.

Now imagine you are a one-man band quietly plying your style of alternative rock online. You've got a bit of an Electric Six/Dick Valentine obsession going on, maybe, but that's okay. Maybe you hear the Jedward track and think, hang on a minute...

So this is Lipstick by Norwich-based alt-rocker Molten Vole. Bonus points to him for squeezing a Delia Smith reference into the lyrics, and for the extra verse.

That this is quite such an ear-worm speaks volumes for the original three-man songwriting team, I think, but fair play to Molten Vole for taking the bare bones and turning them into something more.

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