The Piney Gir Country Roadshow - Lucky Me - Singles - Reviews - Soundblab

The Piney Gir Country Roadshow - Lucky Me

by Rich Morris Rating:6 Release Date:2011-02-14

Releasing a single on Valentine's Day is something of a statement of intent, isn't it? That statement, however, could be a few different things. It could be, "Hey, people, my song's observations on love, romance and the sharing of one's very soul with another are so profoundly true that I'm completely confident it will come to define Valentine's Day for you and everyone you know". Or it could say, "Valentine's day is shit, isn't it? You know it, I know it, so why don't you just stay in alone, listen to my hilarious/poignant anti-love song, eating and drinking until you're ready to move onto something really depressing like PiL or early Cure or a suicide attempt". Finally, and most simply, it could say, "Show me the money! Show me the money!"

Piney Gir's (What a name! What a world we live in!) 'Lucky Me' hedges its bets somewhere between the first two when it should rightly shoot for the latter. It's ever-so-twee and cutesy-pie with it's Belle & Sebastian-go-country vibe, and Gir's vocals are so airy and light she probably burps Prozac. However, it's also bittersweet in an Even Cowgirls Get the Blues kinda way with its slide guitar. It's also over-produced, cramming in banjo, horns and a xylophone into under three minutes. The demo version, included here, is simpler and actually a more satisfying listen.

However, you can pretty much ignore the a-side, because the real action here is happening on the b-side cover of Billy Idol's peerless work of 80s Billy Idolness, 'White Wedding', which is given a windswept, country blues makeover that is just incredible. In a flash, Gir transforms from a shy, sweet-hearted but essentially boring little girl into a sexy, sweaty, badass woman. Frankly, one listen to this and I started researching lesbian biker gangs online and learning quotes from Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! by rote. It's that good.

There's a lesson here for singer/songwriters everywhere. If you're sitting and a ball-poppingly awesome cover version and a frankly mediocre original composition, stick the cover up front. Your bank balance will thank you.

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