Let’s Dance To Joy Division
Until now. Because for all their primary coloured scouser sweetness, a capella theme tunes and fluffy band mascots, Liverpool perk popsters The Wombats have a merciless lyrical bite. Their Cribs-ish twangles disguise wells of bile that’d have the average pre-bout wrestler suggesting they pop a Xanax and chill out, maaaan.
So ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ is an anomaly in their canon. Slapping on some Franz funky bass, a child’s choir and a surprise ’80s disco interlude halfway through, ver ’Bats point and chuckle at the idea of dancing to something as bleak and suicide-inducing as a Joy Division record. “Let’s dance to Joy Division/And celebrate the irony/Everything is going wrong/But we’re so happy” yelps Murph jubilantly and, ironically, he thereby concocts his finest dancefloor stormer yet. It’s a song so full of the joys, subtleties and possibilities of pop that it makes the very concept of dancing to a Joy Division song ever again utterly ludicrous. Expect it to fill indie club dancefloors after a wink-wink spin of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ the nation over.
A cuddly killer.
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