I remember buying ‘Showgirl’ by The Auteurs when it was first released. Having been raised on The Beatles, it made a lot of sense to me and Luke Haines’ lyrics were funny, without being comedic.
Eddie Argos, of Art Brut, on the other hand is a bit of a comic genius. His lyrics are laugh-out-loud funny. Mr. Argos has the ability to perfectly summarise the things that go on in the male mind that you’re supposed to keep to yourself, in an almost Larry David-esque fashion.
The Auteurs didn’t just have one song, however. They continued with ‘New Wave’ and a series of great albums, particularly the completely under-rated Albini-produced ‘After Murder Park’. And Luke Haines’ talent wsan’t confined to one band – he was also the brains behind Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder. Their first single, ‘Child Psychology’ repeated the ‘Showgirl’ trick of matching a great tune with quick wit. Indeed, Mr. Haines announced at the time that the chorus of “Life is unfair. Kill yourself or get over it” was the best chorus ever written. This, is indeed debatable. It is a damn fine chorus but I think the title is a toss-up between Kylie’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”, “Totally Wired” by The Fall and some song that will occur to me at 4.35 this afternoon.
So, why have I written some paragraphs about Luke Haines with a bit about Eddie Argos in the middle? Well, in a musical masterstroke, Eddie Argos has teamed up with Black Box Recorder, under the name ‘The Black Arts’ for a Christmas single entitled “Christmas Number One” – Of Course! What else would they call it?
If they did manage to bag the top spot, it would surely be one of the glorious pop moments of recent times. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen and they’ll probably reach No. 36 while some X-Factor retard is perched on top.
Above, you’ll find clips for ‘Child Psychology’ by Black Box Recorder, Art Brut’s ‘Direct Hit’ and ‘Showgirl’ by The Auteurs.