Ninety Percent Nudist
Black and Blue

I was warned when I received this track that there were some naughty words on it, which reminds me of the time I was playing The Sex Pistols’ only real album during dinner with my parents and ‘Bodies’ popped up it’s head. Needless to say, it was turned off rather sharply when the third verse arrived.

Actually, Ninety Percent Nudist don’t bombard us with expletive-laden lyrics, just the tragic love story of an infatuation that ends in disaster. In fact, you could argue that it’s all completely justified in the context of the song when it does knuckle down to the heartbroken cussing (containing the oath known to my mum only as ‘THAT word’).

The music is strangely keyboard-led. I say ‘strangely’ because a very two dimensional electronic noise is played a note at a time over the top of a jangly emotional indie track with youthful vocal and quiet guitars. With this in mind, it all seems to come off rather well, mostly because the song itself is so honest and emotional.

If they want to improve their overall sound, all they need to do is inject some guts into their guitars (at least to the point at which they become audible, but preferably a lot more). Go on… turn up that amp; you know you want to!

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Steve Fenton writes in our music, words, and culture categories. He was Editor in Chief for The Mag and covered live music for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues throughout the UK alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve is also a technical writer and programmer and writes gothic fiction. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.

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