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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Spoon in the sugar, knife in the butter- I want you.



I must admit that most of my knowledge of Gavin Friday's work up until recently involved only his collaborations with U2, Depeche Mode, and Sinead O'Connor. I'd always been curious and interested in his solo work and that with the group Virgin Prunes, mind you- I'd just never gone to the trouble of actually looking him up.

The Irish singer-songwriter seems to keep himself fairly busy, both with his own projects and his work with others that includes soundtracks such as In The Name Of The Father and The Boxer. In fact, it was his work with Bono on the title track from In The Name Of The Father that first got my attention. It wasn't until I listened to the album Shag Tobacco that I came to fully appreciate his voice. Friday seems to shift without the slightest trouble from a high angelic falsetto back down into a full, rich, loungey tone. One of the standout tracks from this album, "Angel" managed to find its way onto the soundtrack for Romeo & Juliet- and quite deservedly so.

First comparisons to pop into my head include Jarvis Cocker (obvious similarities considering his half-spoken half-sung delivery in some of the tunes.) Treading quite precariously between the territories of creepy and sexy, you wouldn't know whether it'd be better to slip into something comfortable or to head for the phone to dial 911. At other times, his dark and sinister understated vocal delivery almost bring to mind the voice of Leonard Cohen. Many of the songs depend as much on the rich atmosphere of synthesizers, bass, and percussion as they do on his vocals and lyrics. And wait- is that Jah Wobble on bass? The cover of the T. Rex tune "Slider" does considerable justice to the late Marc Bolan as well...

Gavin Friday and the Man Seezer- Shag Tobacco

Gavin Friday and the Man Seezer- Little Black Dress

Gavin Friday and the Man Seezer- Slider (T. Rex cover)

3 Comments:

Blogger jon manyjars said...

Gavin Friday is related somehow to one of the U2 members. He also recorded a few songs with the Fall.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Must check this out..

5:35 AM  
Blogger c said...

great post - although i missed the links, i have 2 of the 3 songs. just to follow up the first comment posted - gavin is not related to any u2 member, though you probably know that. bono and gavin grew up on the same street, and remain extremely close friends to this day.
anyway, i love the way you described the "not sure if it's creep or sexy" aspect. that's gavin all right.
peace

6:06 PM  

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