24 October 2013

Taking his medicine has taken its toll

Nineties band Kenickie - three girls and a boy from Sunderland, named after Jeff Conaway's character in Grease - formed in 1994, released two albums and split in 1998. This album track from their second LP, Get In, featured on a Melody Maker coverdisc in 1998, which is where I first heard it. It's a pity the band split up, because songs like this show a rich vein of pop sensibility and a great production style. I love the booming chorus, droning and swooning lead and backing vocals, and the deft backwards loops in the outro.

In their brief run Kenickie released two UK top 40 albums (their first, At the Club, reached number 9) and seven singles, four of which cracked the UK top 40. Lead singer Lauren Laverne of course went on to greater fame on radio and TV. She now appears on BBC's Culture Show and C4's 10 O'Clock Live comedy current affairs prog, plus hosts her own daily radio show on BBC 6Music.  

See also:
Music: Kenickie - Save Your Kisses For Me (A Song for Eurotrash, 1998)
Music: Catatonia - International Velvet (Live, Margam Park, May 1999)
Music: Meryn Cadell - The Sweater (1991)
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