Polak : Joyrider

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

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