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Record of this Day: Betty & the Id – The Wrong Side of Everything

First 100 copies come in five colours on vinyl effect CDsIt seems like a great while since I actually wrote about any music. In fact, the last blurb talking about whatever record I was listening to at the moment was focussed on a comedy(ish) hip-hop release. Anyway, back to my point…

Being a music writer, it’s always a feeling of accomplishment when a press release contains a quote that you wrote about the band previously (unless its a heavily paraphrased quote completely changing the meaning of your original article, but that’s a little tangent). When I received the last Betty & the Id EP – Neutron World – I was suitably happy to have a quote of mine, taken from a review of a Misty’s Big Aventure gig published in the first ever issue of Bearded, used in a complementary manner.

The quote included the phrase “the wrong side of everything” because, quite frankly, the band aren’t your normal bunch of young upstarts unleashing a wall of psychadelic post-punk excellence. The band are excellent live, and deserved the nod, regardless of appearance.

I was chuffed that the phrase then became their Myspace headline, so imagine what I was like when the phrase then became the title of their excellent debut…

Of course I’m biased, although there’s absolutely nothing that links the band, the music or anything to me or Bearded, but this record is a cracking listen. The record might not be topping any critics’ end of year lists, but it’s a throwaway bop around your bedroom cut of sublimity. It was recorded at Toe Rag studios (where The White Stripes recorded Elephant) too so they probably need the sales to begin to pay off the costs of studio time – so get it!

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Record of this Day: Chopps Derby – You Don’t Know What Broccoli is? EP

Artist: Chopps Derby
Title: You Don’t Know What Broccoli is? EP
Label: The Gull’s Trunk

Sometimes a record takes me aback, will make me sit and think ‘it may be funny, it should be rubbish, but damn this record is good.’ You Don’t Know What Broccoli is? is one such record. Many parts coarse, some parts rubbish, other parts genius, Chopps Derby is a crass northerner, he’s rather like MC Pitman but with a talent rather than an ability to do a funny on the first play take on ‘Witness the Fitness’.

This 12″ from the wonderfully titled The Gull’s Trunk Records, is worth it for ‘The Shite is Real’ for the music, ‘In the Cunt Quick’ for serious feminism offensiveness, and the rest of it just to confuse you whether this record is worth taking seriously or not.

You may hate it in a year’s time, but for here and now, You Don’t Know What Broccoli is? is the slab of vinyl all us northerners will be putting on our decks to confuse and scare those south of the Watford Gap.

Out now: Buy from Norman Records: 12″ vinyl £5.99 (ex p&p)

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