If that means nothing to you, then you simply must not have heard Personality – One Was a Spider One Was a Bird, the hugely ambitious and OTT album by the Australian Steel (and whoever he hadn’t ejected from his band at the time). It’s crammed with melodies, violins, multtracked voices and at times is at risk of collapsing inwards under the Spectoresque weight of its production.
Not one for the 128kbps torrent mp3. Buy the CD and rip her high, high, HIGH.
It came out in 2006 and I bought it in Fopp in London (RIP) purely because of the cover and a faint memory of a decent review. Over the next few months (and years), it became my favourite album of the 2000’s.
Anyway, Steel is back with Empire of the Sun, and the first single is the rather jaunty Walking on a Dream. There is a recognisable Sleepy vibe about it which bodes well for the forthcoming album.
In the video, Mssrs Steel and Littlemore cavort about Shanghai in a colourful and amusing fashion. I do like a popstar who makes the effort to dress up and risks looking like a bit of a tit.
“I’m just thrilled, Father!”
Bonus Vid: Devil Was In My Yard by The Sleepy Jackson. Bonkers.