You’re A Better Man Than I

This is the new single by The Libertines. Woah, come back, it’s much better than it has any right to be…

Cutting the pace to a half speed reggae time- woah, that’s twice, now come back and sit down- the trebly guitars are all present and correct, Pete and Carl take verses each and it sounds alive.

The Libertines reformation didn’t look too promising admittedly but Pete and Carl surely know that they’re only half as good (at best) individually and apart than when together. Debut album Up The Bracket is a blast, a proper good modern British indie rock album, and they are few and far between. The follow up was weak, we all know that. In between Bernard Butler got this out of them, the best thing they ever did, an absolute peach of a single…

This Is A Woman’s World

Pop fact- Drew of Across the Kitchen table was almost in this issue of The Face. But that’s not solely why we’re here today. Cover star Neneh Cherry has a new record out on Monday and it’s had some pretty positive reviews and sounds interesting. In 1996 she had several hits including a global smash Youssou N’Dour and this excellent string laden, trip hop song.


Woman was Neneh’s response to James Brown’s It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World and had Bernard Butler fresh from Suede on guitar. At the end of the 80s she’d had her first taste of pop stardom with the Raw Like Sushi album- superior Ladbroke Grove pop-rap… ‘and all that you need is the air that you breathe’

And to those of us of a certain age she’ll always be the woman doing the Buffalo Stance on Top Of The Pops, seven months pregnant.



I’m voting Yes in tomorrow’s Alternative Vote referendum. Although public interest has been minimal and turnout may be lucky to reach 30% the campaign has been nasty, bitchy and full of lies. Par for the course with party versus party and some party’s split internally I suppose. The No campaign has been particularly shitty, one set of posters round here presenting it as a choice between an alternative voting system and a new maternity ward/ equipment for soldiers. I don’t think that’s the choice is it? One of the main reasons I’m voting Yes is because I can’t bring myself to vote the same way as David ‘Call me Dave’ Cameron on anything and if so many Tories are against it, it must be the right thing to do. Of course there are other reasons but let’s not weigh ourselves down with them here and now.
This is Yes by McAlmont And Butler, a coalition from 1995, a glorious, swooping, wide-screen song with huge vocals from The Right Hon. David McAlmont and very un-Suede like instrumentation from Lord of the Privy Guitar Bernard Butler.