Ever bought an album just because of the sleeve?
That’s what I did with Tiger Bell. Not because the art was amazing or because I thought it would look good in my collection but I saw the logo. the four girls in punk poses and the title ‘Don’t Wanna Hear About Your Band’ and I thought to myself… ‘The odds are I’m going to love this’.
I was right.
This record is nothing but four girls pretending to be The Runaways, or The Ramones, or Green Day, or The Donnas.
It’s a phrase I seem to use a lot, but that’s a noble pursuit.
Get Ready To Go has a chanty chorus (in fact it has a chanty almost everything) It has searing Ner Ner Ner Guitars and a bucket of cowbell poured over the gaps. It’s Fucking Marvellous.
Oh and as things always need a unique element so they can stand out… Tiger Bell have a bit of a European accent. All of this New York cool comes via Sweden.
What I’m admitting is I bought a record because I liked the sleeve, and the sleeve had 4 Swedish girls on it. But it’s not like that. It’s a great blast of punk pop fun. And I feel like a sleaze just for digging it.
But I’m digging it…