FRESH FADES – Be Your Man

The Fades on stage in New York

It’s August, Team Freshnet are on Holiday, my weekends are taken up with live radio shows at 6 Music, it was the small hours of Monday morning, my brain was broken, excuses, excuses… Readers, no excuses: I screwed up. I added the numbers up wrong on the Listening Post this weekend and owe one band a massive apology.

I accidentally omitted South London punk soul rockers THE FADES who were deserving members of this week’s Fresh Faves, enjoying the support of both first-time visitors and Listening Post stalwarts such as Steff Lane, Al Mobbs, Mar and The Paperclip Forum.

A song like Be Your Man is deceptively difficult to write and play – managing to be both minimal and massive at the same time. No fancy stuff in the lyrics or chord sequence but – at the same time – serious musical smarts with the voicing and arrangement. You need to grab listeners in bar one, then keeps them mesmerised as the songs twists and builds over the full four minutes. To bring it off believably takes the utter commitment, absolute conviction – and deafening power – of a band like The Fades.

This track comes from their debut studio album Ragnarok and wisely comes in two versions – clean and radio friendly, and unexpurgated – the ‘F’ bombs really only come at the end in any case but there’s plenty of them.The band’s current single Foot In Your Mouth is available as a free download from their Facebook Page and Londoners can experience the full might of their live sound at the album launch on September 29th at The Borderline.

Advice from your Uncle Tom: take ear protectors.

PS We always leave each weekend’s listening post online for five days so you can check our arithmetic when we calculate the Fresh Faves, and in fact that’s how this cockup came to light. If you ever spot what looks like a mistake in our sums, please get in touch right away so we can fix it.

Tom Robinson

London-based broadcaster & songwriter, born 1950. His best known songs are 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Glad To Be Gay and War Baby; he has also co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. Read More…

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