Five Card Draw: In which we'll have a friend of LOTD put their ipod on shuffle and write about the first five songs that play. One skip is allowed, so use it wisely. This idea is pretty much the exact same thing as something the City Paper does, so any and all credit should go to them. This week, the man behind Johnny Business and lead singer of The Percentages Johnny O gets his brit-rock on.
1) Stereophonics - I Miss You Now (You Gotta Go There to Come Back, 2003)
Slow and sexy, Kelly Jones' raspy voice, accompanied by a repetitive cymbal tap and cool rock organ, makes for a pretty cool track. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to sneeze at either.
2) The Arctic Monkeys - A Certain Romance (Beneath the Boardwalk, appears originally on Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, 2006)
Catchy and fun, textbook Arctic Monkeys. Kudos for good lyrics and a rather unorthodox melody.
3) The Strokes - What Ever Happened? (Room on Fire, 2003)
Underrated track off of an underrated album, the monotony of the opening guitar riff is perfect. Great guitar breakdown as well….hell, just great guitar all over this song.
4) Gorillaz - All Alone (Demon Days, 2006)
A rare crappy track by Gorillaz, especially since Demon Days is practically flawless. The Donald Duck-esque voice is creepy and the track doesn't really go anymore. The rap is also sub -par. Boo.
5) The Wombats - Kill The Director (A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, 2007)
Shameless Britpop is my Achilles heel, so naturally I love this song. Ridiculous but charming lyrics nestled between choppy guitar riffs and a thumping kick drum make for a tune all can dance too. Say what you want about The Wombats, but this track is just plain fun.