You Get What You Deserve

This is one of those singles that pretty much got away but remains alive due to the efforts of middle aged bloggers like me. Johnny Boy were a London/Liverpool two piece working with loops and guitars. They released this single in 2004, single of the month in Jockey Slut (the final print issue which is where I heard about it) and it got to number 50 in the charts. It rides in on Phil Spector’s drums and tambourines, adds a sheet of guitars, an anti-consumerist message and ends up chucking in a chantalong finale and a wall of noise. It rushes by and then stops dead. It should have been massive. The follow up album was decent but didn’t have anything to compare to this. Yeah yeah.

You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve

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Johnny Boy ‘You Are the Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve’

7″ single from Liverpool’s Johnny Boy, from 2003. The album was a bit mixed and didn’t set the world on fire, but this is excellent stuff, from it’s opening (not Shangri La’s, I’ve been corrected) Ronette’s drum beat, to the deadpan vocals and shimmering guitars. Produced by James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers as well, which you wouldn’t necessarily guess given it’s lack of histrionics and squeeling guitars. It was also, I think, the Single Of The Month in the last edition of the much missed Jockey Slut magazine.

If you ask Mrs Swiss I am the generation who bought more shoes, so I guess I got what I deserved. A mountain of shoes spilling out from under our bed for one thing…

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