MICK TROUBLE – ” Oddities and Sodsities “

Posted: September 25, 2022 in MUSIC

The alter ego of Brooklyn wunderkind Jed Smith (Jeanines, Teenage Stride), Mick Trouble has released an EP and two albums worth of wonderfully ramshackle pop that pays homage to Television Personalities and other DIY punk of the late ’70s, full of fake British accents, British references and big hooks. “The Oddities & Sodsities” EP, which tips its hat to The Who (the title) and The Beatles (the cover art), collects “b-sides and flexidisc singles” but he keeps quality levels high.

“Theme to We Are the Buzzcocks” is probably the best of the bunch, a very witty songs about the group and their legacy as do-it-yourself pioneers with knowing nods to The Fall, Factory Records and The Damned (to name three): “We are the buzzcocks / say a prayer for ol’ Mark E / you could get Hannet for a fee / or cap’n sensible for free.”

There’s also a quiet version of “Not ‘alf Bad” from Mick’s debut LP (shades of “I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives” in this version), and an Ace cover of The Magnetic Fields’ “The Saddest Story Ever Told.” Like many artists of the era he’s aping, even his throwaways are great.

released July 12th, 2022

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