Oi! Used to Be a Friend of Mine by Sam Sinister and the Plastic Sinister Band

Current Round: 1  
2.28
 

from Oi! Used to Be a Friend of Mine (7"), track released 19 June 2011
Written, produced, recorded, and mixed by Sam Sinister.

Featured Review

rocking punkish roots shit here ....

decent mix for something punk oriented - got the kit, got the lows and got the big dirty obnoxious guitar and got the simpleton vocals ...

most importantly, it's got the tude. and the right chord progression to build the somewhat linear and monotonous melody line that is an earmark of the style.

cus it's a punk oriented production, there's not really much point in going over the production and mix with a fine tooth comb cus it's obviously supposed to sound pretty garage band oriented and it succeeds at it .... the drums are hard driving pocket with little deviation - with the hats playing as big a part as the snare - the bass is mirroring the chord progression - yeah. that's textbook. the guitars are a bit more rock sounding than I'd expect and of course, there's a lead - and that's not the norm but at least - it sounds lke it's either one finger or one string. mr simple. mr "I am too cool for my black T"

the vocals are fine - completely punk - except I really don't understand nor like the fake brit accent. and it is fake, trust me, I've heard nearly as many attempts at seppo being limey as I've heard limey playing seppo and frankly, unless one is very very good at it - it never works. just sounds like a fraud taking the piss. of course, it possible that the singer was actually taking the piss - but if he was, he shoulda camped it up a bit more to make it even more obvious. cus now it's coming across as he thinks he's passing off as a legit brit punk. and he ain't. partially cus this whole style is far more american punk than british.

I dunno, I wanna like it as a dark punk effort but it seems a bit contrived and false. a paint by the numbers tune and performance. which isn't moving me much.

be more honest. be more yourself. be more ramones than sex pistols.

still, as consolation, you win this review pair cus it's excecuted better than the first song and it's far more musical.

btw- it ain't alternative AT ALL. what were you thinking?

cjdenecia

Featured Review

Ah, those three chords just never lose their appeal. You know where you are with this one in the first 10 seconds. And you pretty much know that you're staying there.
The vocal's a rough enough, set at a good level, but a bit lacking in energy. It's as if their chief purpose is to get the lyric out there. Perhaps that's why the delivery is just so secondary.
Chorus has the simplicity essential to the genre but is completely lacking a gimmick to differentiate it from its contemporaries. That didn't matter 'then' because all you were supposed to do is follow the formula; as long as you had the biggest and brightest mohican, who gave a shit? However since then we've had Green Day, technically and melodically enhanced
All in all, the bass is the most creative instrument, so it's shame it's pretty buried. The song is a great generic for a student of music in pop culture but otherwise forgettable.

Krispy

Lyrics

Cast out into the street
With nowhere to call my home
It wasn't so long ago
I didn't feel so alone
I remember when we made the promise
To stay together 'til the end
But it wouldn't take very long
For you to find another friend

How could I have been so blind
Oi! used to be a friend of mine
No one's as good as you, I'll never find
Oi! Oi! Oi! used to be a friend of mine
And now it's gone

In the corner of my eye
I swear sometimes I see
You're standing there, lookin' at me
The way you used to look at me
I promised I'd never cry
I'd continue to be strong
But you had to up and leave
It didn't take very long

How could I have been so blind
Oi! used to be a friend of mine
No one's as good as you, I'll never find
Oi! Oi! Oi! used to be a friend of mine
And now it's gone

Now I'm standing in the rain
Thinking of how it used to be
Where did it all go wrong?
Please tell me
The rain is falling down
So you'll never see
The tears are in my eyes
When I remember you and me

How could I have been so blind
Oi! used to be a friend of mine
No one's as good as you, I'll never find
Oi! Oi! Oi! used to be a friend of mine
Oi! Oi! Oi! used to be a friend of mine
Oi! Oi! Oi! used to be a friend of mine
Oi! Oi! Oi! used to be a friend of mine
And now it's gone