Top tracks: The Darkness claim No.1 spot in our weekly poll
We asked you to vote – and vote you did, with hundreds of people casting votes for 12 tracks over the past week. The results are below – and a new set of songs for you to vote on is up on the website right now.
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Until then, here are the results of our first weekly poll of June.
1. The Darkness – Every Inch Of You It starts with a stripteasing girl and continues with Justin Hawkins’ invitation to “suck my cock,” then he explains he’s “in a band with my brother and my two best mates”. The Darkness’ comeback continues apace…
2. Urban Voodoo Machine – Cheers For The Tears Taken from last summer’s critically acclaimed album In Black’N’ Red – a CR album of the year – Cheers For The Tears is lead singer Paul-Ronney Angel’s wry account of a phone call he received from a concerned female friend who’d heard that he’d drowned in the Camden canal on his way home from a night of revelry.
3. Gravelroad – Keep On Movin’ Seriously-stoned ZZ Top grooves, ramshackle riffs and blissful sunbaked blues (think Cooder’s Paris, Texas played by Otto from The Simpsons). Gravelroad rule! Listen and download here: http://www.knickknackrecords.com/promo/gravelroad/psychedelta/
4. LA Guns – You Better Not Love Me This is Phil Lewis’ latest blow in the LA Guns battle of the bands. There’s still two versions of LA Guns on the go, but Lewis’ line-up are set to release their album Hollywood Forever soon, and the video for the first single can be seen above. There’s more on the way too. Guitarist Stacey Blades says: “We’re so excited about the album and three new videos coming out – 2012 is the year of LA Guns.”
5. Ugly Kid Joe – Devil’s Paradise If you remember UKJ from bubblegum track I Hate Everything About You, you may be surprised by this older-and-wiser guitar-led outing.
6. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – God Save The Queen Not even the Diamond Jubilee celebrations could propel this any higher in our chart.
7. Gotthard – Give Me Real Crunchy riffs and mellifluous choruses, all mixed together in the signature Gotthard style…
8. Primus – Lee Van Cleef Last year Primus returned with Green Naugahyde, their first full-length studio record in over a decade. One of our favourite tracks on the release was Lee Van Cleef, a paean to the deceased movie star. But it didn’t totally float your boat, unfortunately.
9. Serj Tankian – Figure It Out Tankian knows “CEOs are the disease” – and he wants you to follow his logic. The System Of A Down frontman has laid down another variation on his theme of scathing social commentary masquerading as cheery ditty.
10. St Prostitute – I’m Not Falling Despite you not particularly rating this song, we still think this Danish band might have a hit on their hands with the hyper-dramatic I’m Not Falling, which features guest femme-vox from Danish diva Line Krogholm.
11. = The Given Motion – Don’t Blink (There Was A Time) New York band The Given Motion have been described as “blending together rock music with pop sensibilities to deliver a beautifully balanced sound that is sure to catch any listener’s attention”. Hmm. They didn’t exactly catch yours, however…
11. = The Morning After – America Ouch! That hangover hurts!
Tags: Gotthard, Gravelroad, LA Guns, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Primus, Serj Tankian, St Prostitute, System Of A Down, The Darkness, The Given Motion, The Morning After, Ugly Kid Joe, Urban Voodoo Machine