It's Grim Up North- Library of Mu

Library of Mu record:
Title: It's Grim Up North
Date: 02 November, 1991
Journal: NME
Author: ?
Type of resource: Reviews
Status: original
No. views: 3211
Description: Single of the week - "vengeance and poignance" and graffiti was "last year"


It's Grim Up North

By ? (02 November, 1991, NME)

Single Of The Week (Devolution Mix)

Infidels, tyrants of the dancefloor. Shit stirrers, troublemakers aboard a Caledonian Trojan horse. Any way you slice it - they're back. And they haven't brought any samples. or so they claim. they also claim they had nothing to do with the graffiti that appeared to advertise this infernal incantation on a motorway bridge last year, when the record was made availible to club DJs only.

Graffiti that was the subject of a question in the House of Commons ... "Bolton, Barnsley, Buxton, Burnley, Bradford". The Scotsman picks over the place names with gruesome relish, the backing track pummels and tweaks, blasts and buffets him round the furthest God-forsaken reaches of this demi-paradise, this land of kings, this sceptred isle, this England.

He hits all the hotspots "Preston, Prestwich, Chester, Accrington Stanley, Grimsby, Glossop, Hebden Bridge." A thing of feverish, fiendish irreverence and conceptual genius, 'It's Grim' climaxes with a burst of orchestral splendour, a beacon of pomp and circumstance, a reminder of all that is great and noble in this green and pleasant land. And then at the close the killer blow - a lonesome seagull squawking over the barren wasteland. And thus, vengence and poignance make unlikely but, in this case, well suited bedfellows.

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