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Riffs to scrape your face off...
on 5 November 2012
It's been a long time coming but we finally have a full album from Viv (formerly of The Slits). It kicks off with 'I Want More' with a riff to peel your face off as Viv sings, 'No compromise, I want more!'. It's followed by 'Confessions of a MILF' and the tales of the little wife in her home sweet home. Viv recorded the song in Mick Jone's mobile studio (they have history together). Jack Bruce joins her on 'In Vitro' and other guest bassists include Tina Weymouth, Glen Matlock and Dennis Bovell (who produced The Slits' first album).
Viv has a lovely way with words and the start of 'Hookup Girl' opens with, 'In another town You would be a whore, But in North London You are just a bore'. 'Don't Believe' contrasts the things Viv believes in and doesn't believe in, from love to trilobites (how often do you see that word in song lyrics?). 'Still England' closes the record and lists all the things that make England the place it is.
Poly Styrene is name-checked in 'Still England'. Viv knew Poly and it's lovely to see her include Poly in her list of iconic Englanders, along with Virginia Woolf, Dusty Springfield, Keith and Mick, The Kinks and T.Rex. She also includes,' Sid The Vicious, John The Rotten, Alfred The Great, Dot The Cotton'.
This is exactly the kind of record you'd expect from Viv - post-punk for the 21st century, jagged guitar, challenging, no-prisoners, looking back and forwards at the same time. Riffs to scrape your face off and words to make you smile. In other words, a classic album that everyone should hear.