Share NIGHTSPORT - Dynamo (Love And Theft Records)
Do you like your Aussie pub rock served in turgid meat and potato chunks? Do you like picking up a CD cover and shuddering at the pictures of dorks in full flight? Do such pictures tempt you to clap along in something resembling time? Is Triple M the kind of radio station that may be that wee tad too radical for your listening pleasure? Answer "Yes" to any or all of the above questions and Dynamo may be lining themselves up to be your new favourite band.
"Why do you hate them so much?" I hear you ask. "They are competent musicians. If the cover is anything to go by, beer-swilling morons seem to throw themselves around in gay abandon whenever they hear them play."
"Hmmm." I reply, not going for the obvious retort. "It might have something to do with the fact all their songs are about nothing and are delivered without any kind of emotional commitment. The lyrics are like being stuck at an Asperger's convention."
"Now, Now, Bob. If that was a legitimate cause for complaint, you'd have to ban about 90 percent of bands on the planet."
"I'd say 97 percent," is my immediate response and it sets me to wondering. "Can we do that? Would that be legal?"
Okay. What is it I don't like about this record? Well, it left me depressed and bored. Fortunately, I got a copy of The Spencer Davis Group's Greatest Hits in the post at the same time as I sat down to review this. The Spencer Davis Group. Y'know. "Keep on Running". "Gimme Some Lovin'" Two great singles. The usual power ballad and an albums worth of the stuff that was left over. I put it on the CD player and everybody in the house was dancing, even to those crappy forgettable songs.
Now, follow my logic here. The Spencer Davis Group were an okay(ish) mid sixties band. With the exception of the two big singles, you wouldn't make a habit out of listening to them. I'd probably give their greatest hits album a four bottle review and feel I was being overly generous given the fall off in quality from the singles to the rest of the material. However, the worst song on the Spencer Davis Group album climbs to a great height and drops huge sloppy turds all over anything Dynamo has to offer. And now, here is the kicker. Ostensibly, Dynamo would slot themselves into the same genre as the Spencer Davis Group; a rock and roll party band with a touch of soul and psychedelic pop. So am I being fair? I dare you to make the comparison and tell me.
Dynamo should not feel disheartened by my review. There are many dorks in this world and even dorks like to party. They like to put lamp shades over their heads and urinate in public. You can't walk down the street on a Friday night without being vomited on by at least one of them. I imagine Dynamo will find no trouble recruiting an audience from amongst their ranks. Major labels should queue here. - Bob Short
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