Single Of The Week 24/04/97

Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

>Abort, Retry, Fail?_
White Town
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White Town is the pop fairy tale of 1997. Recorded in a bedroom on an eight-track analog machine, the _Abort, Retry, Fail?_ EP surpassed practically everyone's expectations by debuting at #1 in the UK earlier this year. That was largely on the strength of BBC Radio support for 'Your Woman', and hence when the EP was released in Australia the words 'Your Woman' achieved somewhat greater prominence on the cover.

The founder and current guiding light of White Town, Jyoti Mishra, is a self-confessed member of the "anorak underground". He's actually been recording singles since 1990, which are now no doubt trading hands for small-to-medium fortunes at record fairs in the UK. The outfit has evolved in that time from being a loud noisy guitar outfit to an essentially one-man outfit, with a few floating members helping out here and there.

Why am I telling you all these facts about a band which essentially only become public this year, thus breaking with a widely-held Gusworld tradition of obsessing over 80s records? Well, because I like the song, mostly. And you have to approve of a band that revives the synth-pop tradition, especially one which offers B-side tracks entitled 'Theme For A Late-Night Documentary About The Dangers Of Drug Abuse'.

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