Single Of The Week – GIRLS ON TOP : Warm Bitch/We Don’t Give A Damn About Our Friends

You'll be both drained and exhilarated.

[I]”This one’s dedicated to all you Gucci bag

carriers out there. It’s called ‘You’ve Got Gooooood Taste’”[/I]. So proclaims the Cramps sample at the start of ‘We Don’t Give A Damn About Our Friends’. It’s doubtful that anyone thought Girls On Top mainman Richard X

had good taste when he came up with the

idea of bootlegging Gary Numan with obscure American R&B diva Adina Howard, but the

result is probably the most inspired seven-inch you’ll hear all year.

Sure, ‘Warm Bitch’ is clever (Missy Elliott

meets classic electro) but laying Howard’s

‘Freak Like Me’ a cappella over Tubeway Army’s early-’80s bleepathon ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric’ is downright genius. This record’s all about squeezing funk out of the funkless, and inserting a groove where none existed. And as Howard’s gospel-esque harmonies reach their climax amid Numan’s blackened synth blitz, the song implodes in a barrage of white noise and static. You’ll be both drained and exhilarated – and reaching straight for the stylus to play it once more.

Kieran Wyatt