Eastern Lane : Saffron
The best song ever written about the singer from Republica. Possibly...
Meanwhile, singer and modeller of cast-off clown wigs Derek Meins warbles "I met a man in my head and I don’t remember". It may sound cleverer than it actually is but it elegantly sums up the whole point of the song. Which is that there isn’t one, apart from making you jump up and down like a shag bunny for 149 seconds.
This snotty classic is so primal that it's worth considering what dark arts abound in the handsome shortbread town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed that could make him vomit out so much passion so young. Y’know, even when Ash were knocking out pop punk classics they were about kung fu, planets and stuff rather than blistering wails of unfulfilled infatuation like this.
Then, to top it all, two minutes into the song he does a bizarre, quivering "Wooooaaaaah" with a flash of such barefaced confidence it’s as though he’s possessed by the spirit of Jerry Lee Lewis flashing his personal invite to the Eternal Rock Greats Hall Of Fame. Just brilliant… still don’t know why it’s called ‘Saffron’, mind.
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