‘Joyrider’ avoids the immediate flight from desk to wastepaper bin by the skin of its teeth...

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Polak : Joyrider

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Polak : Joyrider

Polak frontman Pete Fijalkowski used to be in Adorable, who were the Elbow of the early 1990s but with smaller pay cheques. Three centuries on, he’s bravely battling on – still stroking that acoustic guitar, still unafraid to sing off-key now and then. It helps to have a sense of humour about these things, mind, and that’s why ‘Joyrider’ avoids the immediate flight from desk to wastepaper bin by the skin of its teeth. “[I]You and I have run out of road again/Like Michael Caine’s mob/In ‘The Italian Job’/’Cliffhanger’ end[/I]” sings Pete.

Oh go on, laugh now: you haven’t heard the B-sides yet.

Louis Pattison