I’ve Forgotten Something Else! – Phillip Foxley (ft. Pete Hopkins)

4162zeMp41L._SS500Phillip Foxley is very good at tackling universal issues in a very small way, the way of the world seen as smaller, kitchen sink philosophies rather than trying to make big, overtly-verbose or over egged points. It’s the British way I guess. It’s Up To Us! (he does like his exclamation marks) was a deft and well-crafted piece, working with understatement, political opinion and subtlety. This time out he heads the other way and delivers a song that sparks with New Wave twitchiness and post-punk verve with Pete Hopkins copping just the right amount of terrace attitude and street punk singalong style to show where the songs heart lies.

But that was then and this is now and although it is easy to see where the song has its musical roots, the play off here is how those young musical turks and world changing punks have faired in the years between then and now. They may still feel the same about the world, still have the same hopes and dreams for the future, feel that they are still part of the musical revolution. It’s just that they can’t find their keys, have lost the TV remote control again and are pretty sure that there was something important that they were supposed to be doing tonight.

It’s a great little tune, one that matches the musical energy of youth with the lyrical realities of the joys of ageing. Yes, they might have a vinyl record collection to die for but did they remember to put the bins out? Musically it is punchy and perfectly paced, captures the joys of being down the front of a gig in 1978 but from the armchair of 40 years later it all seems like a long time ago. Rock and roll is nothing without a sense of humour and I’ve Forgotten Something Else! Is perfectly self-deprecating, poignant and slightly silly. I should know, I’m the target audience.

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Scene and Heard – CCXVIII : It’s Up To Us! – Phillip Foxley

If you think that roc14291660_1474072262619235_8390560720153298205_n[2]k and roll is strictly a young man’s game, artists such as Phillip Foxley quickly remind us that this is certainly not the case. The genre may try to sell an image of young firebrands wielding guitars like weapons and kicking at the conventions of society, but the reality is that youthful exuberance is quite quickly replaced with a whole different and more useful set of skills and it is these that allow you to actually stay in the game and have a career in music. Skills such as concise song writing, the ability to craft infectious melody and actually having something to say in your song. All things that Phillip Foxley brings to the fore in It’s Up To Us!

That it is political with a very small p, socially conscious and acutely resonant in these disunited times shows the level of maturity you would expect from a man who has put the hours in at the sharp end of the gig circuit. That it is hook-filled, has addictive and memorable choruses and a deft and hypnotic guitar line also shows you just how good he is at his craft. Some rock music is all about rhetoric and bluster, is about style over substance, but this isn’t. Instead it makes you think, makes you relate, makes you want to discuss implications. The fact that it does all of that to a musical bassline which will make you want to dance your arse off is a real bonus.

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