John Bills 100: 96

Posted on July 5, 2015

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96: Brainiac Hissing Prigs in Static Couture (1996)

I never understood why people were so excited about the Rolling Stones. Of course, I wasn’t a teenager when they exploded onto the world. By the time my musical development came around they were essentially re-animated corpses, trotted out to a baying public whenever a festival needed a ‘real’ band to play. Listening to them now, I just don’t get the adoration. I don’t see why having ‘Moves Like Jagger’ could ever be a desired thing. To match the love, I want the Rolling Stones to have a carefree genuine rock and roll attitude to their sound, ticking those boxes of throbbing bass lines, pouty vocals that aren’t irritating but legitimately cool-as-fuck, jagged guitars and all those other cliches, just turned up as loud as possible.

Basically, I want the Rolling Stones to sound like Brainiac. Hissing Prigs in Static Couture was the band’s final album and my favourite, and when I close my eyes and imagine what the Rolling Stones should sound like ‘Vincent Come On Down’ is the first thing that pops into my head. Either that ‘Hot Seat Can’t Sit Down’. No, actually that would ‘Nothing Ever Changes’. This is what I want an indie rock album to be like, full of songs that you want to sing along with but aren’t entirely sure what pitch or what words to say.

Listen – ‘Vincent Come On Down’, ‘This Little Piggy’

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