Song of the Day, March 3: Friend of the Family by Devine and Statton
March 3, 2014 Leave a comment
Today’s song is Friend of the Family. After Young Marble Giants dissolved, Alison Statton served as vocalist for the equally short-lived Weekend, then formed a musical partnership with Ludus guitarist Ian Devine. Their first album, Prince of Wales, included a wide range of songs (including a cover of New Order’s Bizarre Love Triangle.) All feature her precise but unmannered singing and clear, simple backing from Devine, creating an uncluttered soundscape reminiscent of a much folkier YMG.
This song is a wonderful dissection of a self-important man, delivered at a remarkable vocal pace. With witty, literate lyrics and near tongue-twister rhymes, it shows off the pair at their very best.
Enjoy this delightful song today.