another spinning fucking rainbow – ginger wildheart

Ginger Wildheart is my idea of the perfect rockstar. First and foremost he’s a fan of the same music as his fans. He’s been up and down the ladder of success enough times to know bullshit from brilliance and he’s compelled to write songs at an Olympic rate (and standard). Whether he’s leading The Wildhearts, playing his own solo shows, pretending to be in Sparks via Hey! Hello, pretending to be Rob Zombie in the Glitter Band with Sliver Ginger 5 or making British (darker than the) Desert Sessions type noise with the Mutation collective his output is always worth hearing. That’s not to mention that you might stumble across him playing in the touring bands of icons like Courtney Love or Cheap Trick. He’s a hardworking, consummate professional who could do stand up if his kit failed to arrive at the venue.

Ginger has never really stopped putting records out in one form or another but his expectation shattering Triple Album Project (later known as 555%) back in 2012 was his rebirth. Ginger established what only the anoraks knew before him. A loyal audience is all you need to by pass the industry altogether.

His Pledge music campaign went way over it’s target in record time. The album was a treasure trove of manic invention, genius song writing and quality musicianship. It had songs that sounded just like the bigtime Wildhearts of yore, epic emotional instrumental sections and demented pop gems by the fistful. It also had this ‘Talking Heads Do Heavy Metal Funk’ revelation.

What is, at first glance a song about a failing laptop also reveals itself as a post industrial disco funk number with an inspirational message about perseverance and standing strong in the face of challenging odds.

It’s fun, it’s funny and it’s funky. And I play the arse out of it all the time.

 

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