This will be the fourth time I have reviewed ‘Yorkshire,’ over a period of time: twice when recorded by the band under its earlier incarnation of Nacional and then as an album track on For Abel’s recent release, ‘Greater Inventions.’
The track, and indeed the album, has been played to death in my house for absolutely ages without losing any of its urgency and resultantly I’m unsure now if the song sounds ‘familiar’ simply due to over playing, or if it still reminds me of the halcyon days of The Wedding Present, Joy Division and others.
So that’s about all I’m gonna say on this one. It’s brilliant! It’s below!
Actually, no! There is a Remix available also – The JMK RMX. It’s also brilliant – and I haven’t commented on it before. It opens with a drum & bass vibe that really works and then slowly morphs into a final couple of minutes of droned loops and a wonderful cacophony of mashed and squashed noise!
The other track making an appearance on the ‘single’ version is ‘On TV.’ This is one of my favourites from the album, a view shared by some TV executives who have used the song on ‘Champions League’ programmes in the past.
Footnote: you may read in other reviews / blogs (and other places) that the song ‘Yorkshire’ is an expression of dissatisfaction against the current UK Coalition Government. Now – I am not really very politically minded and though I understand the song compares Britain ‘now’ with the way it was in 1989, I would just like to point out that I have a copy of this song on a compilation from the Art Goes Pop label in 2008, and another copy from a show-reel in 2009, when the UK was governed by the Labour Party.
(Just saying ……….)
(Released through Flowers In The Dustbin on 5th November 2011)