Song of the Day, March 3: Friend of the Family by Devine and Statton

DevineStattonFriendToday’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.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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